New York City is known for enlisting some of the most talented bartenders in the world to create innovative cocktails in impressively-designed spaces throughout the city. With nationwide trends like mixology, the speakeasy resurgence and craft mocktails citing NYC as their epicenter, the odds of finding a delicious drink are in your favor. During your next stay in the Big Apple, stop by any of these lauded establishments to experience a quality concoction in the best cocktail bars in New York City.
The NoMad Bar
Created by a James Beard Award-winning group, The NoMad Bar is known for its knowledgeable staff pouring rare spirits in Manhattan’s NoMad Hotel. Catering to a crowd of hotel guests, finance professionals and cocktail connoisseurs, this upscale pub unites extravagance with authenticity for a unique bar experience. Order one of their large-format drinks with your group and warm up near the fireplace in this notable lounge.
Step into New York City history at this classic establishment, maintaining its place on the Upper East Side since 1931. Premium cocktail pricing and a cover charge keep an elevated feel to the trendy crowd. Guests mix and mingle surrounded by the bar’s namesake decor of priceless murals by illustrator Ludwig Bemelman.
This elegant Brooklyn bar serves up a detailed menu of classic and contemporary cocktails in a venue filled with vintage accents. Marble, leather and mahogany fill the regal space along with the occasional sounds of live jazz and a bustling weekend brunch. Built with conversation in mind, catching up with friends or loved ones will be a breeze in this laid back location.
Death & Co.
A pioneer of the nation’s craft cocktail movement, Death & Co. brings innovative drinks to the East Village, setting the standard for cocktail trends around the country. Their rotating menu of detail-oriented creations are some of the best in New York City, which guests enjoy in the sophisticated, dimly lit dwelling. Slip through the speakeasy entrance to experience the brooding interior with highly limited seating reserved for dedicated imbibers.
Travel throughout some of history’s greatest moments at this Gramercy lounge inspired by the film Midnight in Paris. From the Roaring ‘20s to the Victorian era, each room features a new point on the timeline with elaborate decor where you can sip from the range of cocktails to suit any palate.
The dramatic, vintage decor of this Williamsburg staple will transport you to pre-war New Orleans the second you step up to the marble horseshoe bar. With a commendable cocktail program run by experienced bar talent, Maison Premiere boasts an absinthe drip to fuel their dedicated absinthe cocktail menu along with tableside martinis that are sure to impress. Seafood towers also complement juleps and locally-sourced beer whether you’re seated indoors amongst the beautiful crowd or in the lush garden out back.
Stylized with a British colonial feel, Pegu Club is named after a 19th Century Burmese locale of the same name, bringing forth English tastes to its SoHo neighborhood. The polished domain features detailed drinks like their popular Gin Gin Mule and MarTEAni, made to be sipped in the sleek, second-floor space situated above Houston Street.
Amor y Amargo
Don’t be fooled by the tiny layout, this intimate bar is an industry favorite known for its specialty of amari liqueur and other bitters stirred into delicious cocktails. Order a flight or sip a signature concoction in the colorful space with limited seating, a local go-to in spite of its standing room only exclusivity.
Springing up in the former Milk & Honey space, the speakeasy feel lives on at Attaboy–an intimate sphere of cocktail enthusiasts both behind the bar and in front of it. Veteran barkeeps mix bespoke cocktails without a menu to be seen as a playlist of retro music sets the mood. Ring the doorbell to be let into this walk-ins-only venue focused on serving up personalized cocktails to the Lower East Side.
From the mind of a Pegu Club alum, the Lower East Side has a refined place to escape the bustle of Houston Street at sleek, Japanese-inspired Bar Goto. The space is intimate and sophisticated, offering plates of Japanese comfort food like miso chicken wings and some of the best okonomiyaki in the city. Pair bites with a handcrafted highball or martini in this minimalist habitat perfect for cocktail devotees.
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