The cocktail bar can be called a New Yorker’s second home (the first one being their office). With a cocktail bar located at just around every corner New Yorkers are actually spoilt for choice, which makes finding one that’s worth the trip so much harder. To make your lives a bit easier, we have compiled a list of some of the best cocktail bars in New York City.
- King Cole Bar — Grand Hotel
This is the cocktail bar where movie stars and fashion aficionados descend to join the weekend throng. The bar is known for its sumptuous décor and some great cocktails. While the bar is famous for many drinks one in particular is a must-have. The Bloody Mary was created by Fernand Petiot who was the bar’s head bartender back in 1934. And while you can order a Bloody Mary in just about every bar in New York City, none makes it better than its original birthplace. Although you would have to use the drink’s original name, which is ‘Red Snapper.’
King Cole Bar
2 E 55th St.
New York, NY 10022
If you’re looking for a unique experience along with tasting a great cocktail then Attaboy, or “AB” as the board says discreetly, is the place to visit. Once you find the old battered door, knock on it gently and a man will greet you and take your phone number before parting ways by uttering the words “half an hour.” Customers are permitted to enter only when the man calls them back. While that might seem mysterious to some, it’s not the end of it. Enter the narrow candlelit space that houses a steel and wood bar and shelves of old books. Once a Chinese owned tailor’s shop, this mysterious bar still stays true to its roots by tailoring each drink according to their customers.
Here, you will have to tell the bartender what mood you’re in, your likes and dislikes and even any suggestions you may have. Then relax and watch the bartender pour a glorious blend of a liquid rainbow into a glass for you.
134 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002
- Clover Club
Located in Brooklyn, Clover Club is considered as the pioneer of the nouveau-antiquarian cocktail movement. Here you will find marble tables, a 19th century mahogany bar and a pressed tin ceiling that adds to the bar’s unique ambiance. The menu here is divided into Cobblers, Sours, Fizzes, Collins and of course, cocktails. Place your order and watch the wizards behind the bar make magic with their rattling cocktail shakers.
210 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
- Death & Co.
Death and Co .is a bar located in East Village, Manhattan. This cocktail emporium specializes in cocktail drinks and even has its own recipe book. Once you enter the dimly lit room, you will find black tables, glimmering chandeliers and suede banquettes which gives Death & Co. that deathly gothic look. Since this it is considered the house of innovation, all of the cocktails here taste superb.
Death + Company
433 E 6th St.
New York, NY 10009
The aforementioned places are where spirits, ice and fruit juices merge to create glamorous and bold concoctions. So, the next time you think of sipping a cocktail in New York City, make these destinations one of the places you visit.