Two blocks and another world away is the , its horseshoe-shaped bar with Soviet touches a magnet for a chatty crowd. But there's no karaoke or ramen cafeteria to be had here: instead, the hotel shelters a surreptitious gem in the form of Est. Between the cheap drinks, the vaguely New Orleanian menu, the leopard-print pool table, and the clutter of kitschy decor, this place is a one-of-a-kind Chinatown staple. Prior to its official opening in 1930, the club survived Prohibition with a secret wine cellar and disappearing bar that, through a system of levers, actually disappeared when the feds came to raid 21. The name comes from an enormous mural of that sovereign and his loyal subjects that sits behind the shelves of booze, and it sets the tone for this very regal cocktail lounge.
The space itself is an elegant nod to the city's old school upscale bar scene, with its small wooden tables and sleek wooden bar framing the St. In the absence of distractions, focus directs to the well-lit bar, where Goto effortlessly stirs his Far East—whispered creations, drawing on his Japanese heritage. Getting maced in the East Village might sound like a New York nightmare, but not at this pocket-size cocktail club named after the nutmeglike spice, not the eye-burning pepper spray. Its dark wood, marble tabletops, reproductions of Degas' ballerinas and drinks like the Cortado Colada Palo Cortado sherry, pineapple, lime and Coco Lopez cream evoke a bygone era of continental tippling. The storied at the St.
Regis' signature piece, the famed 1906 Maxfield Parrish mural. Monarch is the rooftop bar New York deserves. More relaxed than its midtown West location, The Perfect Pint East Image: theperfectpintnyc. Via : We've previously lauded King Cole Bar's , but there's more to this fancy Fifth Ave spot than its Bloody Marys. You may have to wait a while for a good spot in the cramped quarters, but expertly crafted cocktails like the Renaissance Man, which layers Sfumato, Byrrh, Bonal, mezcal, and yuzu bitters, make it all worth it.
Come for the negroni, stay for the vibe and just move right in for the pasta. Literary-themed cocktails like the Tequila Mockingbird may put you in mind of the nearby central library, but don't worry—no one will shush you here. Even more spectacular are the park vistas 30 floors up at the Mandarin Hotel's , heralded for its Asian-inspired bites. Long Island City This narrow speakeasy, originally opened by the late Sasha Petraske was one of the first to bring high-calibre craft cocktails to Queens. For some, it literally means whichever and have been open the longest. In 2009, this rakish, 1970s-vintage piano bar in the Edison Hotel looked destined to go the way of the 99¢ peep show.
The Innovative is made up of specialty cocktails created with only the finest of ingredients, fresh squeezed juices and garnishes. Just across the street, the Peninsula's rooftop lounge, , is only a few years old, but it self-consciously evokes the same era—albeit with an Asian twist. The saloon is just the kind the bare-knuckle Five Points gang its emblem was a dead rabbit impaled on a spike would have frequented, while the top floor lounge resurrects an astounding breadth of long-forgotten quaffs on a menu that's literally a novel. Photo: Alex Lopez Do This: Browse the high-end stores at the. Glossy black marble, wall-to-wall carpet and sturdy green banquettes decorate the room. For a stateside spin on the same time period, visit the , a clubby, subterranean hideaway in the Andaz Hotel. Between the two, this place made drinking in the FiDi a much better proposition.
The Ainsworth is under construction at 206 21st Ave. Drink Here: After a day exploring , chances are you've worked up a thirst. Hanging out with a random aunt? This neighborhood gem was flooded and almost destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, but thanks to lots of dedicated local volunteers it bounced back by the middle of that summer after the storm. You can also find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews bars. The goods here are bold, sure, but with just enough temperance to leave you wanting more. Lucy, now past 70, presides over the bar nearly every night, opening when she feels like opening, closing when she feels like closing, and charging what she feels like charging which is never much. With floor-to-ceiling windows, a glossy piano and nightly live jazz, the scene is crisp without being super trendy.
Belfast bar vets have conjured up a rough-and-tumble 19th-century tavern with a refined cocktail parlor upstairs. Regis opened in 1932 and has since been frequented by the likes of Salvador Dalí, Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon. The Ainsworth has four locations in New York, two in New Jersey and one in Kansas. There's a renewed focus on traditionally styled boites, with simple ingredients, speakeasy-like surroundings and buttoned-up service. It's that simple, pleasure-seeking ideology that embodies Dante, the beloved MacDougal Street Italian café turned small plates restaurant and cocktail bar in 2015. Tipples here are consistently among the city's best, many of which have propelled mixology trends across the country. Drink Here: Tucked inside the lobby of the Iroquois Hotel, the is an intimate bar with a serious cocktail menu.
Courtesy Gramercy Park Hotel : The Gramercy Park Hotel's bar has it all—sumptuous cocktails, attractive waitstaff, a fireplace and hello, pool table. And this bar's got everything: big couches and chairs, a disco ball, a giant stuffed ram that stares you down while you get weird, a mezzanine level for dancing and all the inebriated pretty young things you can handle. Behind the imposing wooden door, jet black walls , cushy booths, and chandeliers set a luxuriously somber mood. Enjoy drinks and food without spending a fortune. Cobble Hill When Julie Reiner opened Clover Club on Smith Street in 2008, she was one of the first to bring the burgeoning craft cocktail movement to Brooklyn. There are also couches in the back, which for some reason seems to be important to people. Share it with the hashtag TimeOutDrinkList.
Sophisticated pub grub in an Old World atmosphere is the hallmark of the Shakespeare, a British-style tavern tucked inside the William hotel. Settle into a white quilted booth and toast your fashionable taste with the Cornucopia gin, Kirsch, apricot, sage and lemon or the Fujian Cocktail brandy, black tea-infused Cointreau, amaro, lemongrass distillate and Japanese bitters. Not all spin-offs are created equal. The cocktail menu here ranges from classic to seasonal to exotic. As for the drinks, Bemelmans' menu is all class, from the savory Pisco Sours Pisco 100, egg white, lemon juice, Angostura bitters and simple syrup to the heavy Whiskey Smash Makers Mark bourbon whiskey, muddled mint, muddled lemons, simple syrup. The NoMad Hotel is located at 1170 Broadway between 27th and 28th Street in Flatiron 212-796-1500,.