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Five Hot Cocktail Bars in NYC

Updated on July 22, 2016

The cocktail bars in NYC are on a whole other level and they have a history compete with and each one strive to prove that they can make some of the strongest and at times strangest drinks you can find anywhere. Consequently, the have some of the most interesting cocktail bars in America and some with a pedigree that can reach all the way back to the 1900’s, being born from officer clubs and the nearby navy. The experimental cocktail crowds and enthusiasts have flocked to the city and started to spread a love for both the more traditional cocktails to the more adventurous sweet or sour mixtures you can find anywhere. Here are a few places none for strong drinks and smart clever mixologist.


Bar 54

The concept of the cocktail has reached beyond the sit down lounge vibe the persisted in clubs since the 70’s. Now they are place where thumping vibes commingled with delectable drinks. Bar 54 is a place that is a great example of this more kinetic image of a cocktail bar. It’s a popular place amongst fashionistas. This rooftop bar has a great view of the city and cocktails that include gelato based cocktails that keep people happy. The cocktail menu is pretty elaborate but in a lot of ways this place is as much as club as it is a cocktail bar.

A marker135 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, United States -
135 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
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The Pegu Club

The Pegu Club in is one of those joints whose heritage reaches all the way back to around 1900, at least in terms of the name. It started as a British officer’s club Burma, the modern day Manhattan bar that took its moniker has taken that heady story and translated it into a viable aesthetic that extends to the drinks on hand. You can see the influence everywhere from the eastern inspired furnishing to the design of the bar and a select number of the drinks themselves. One the more famous drinks is also has the name of the British bar in Burma, the Pegu club cocktail. It is a noteworthy gin drink that has a bite and pleasing tingle that include bitters, lemon juice, and orange curacao; it is also a drink that was the favorite of The Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling. These sorts of cultured libations make up the menu which is something that the talented mixologist and owner of the Pegu Audrey Saunders, is proud of. After ten years of operation the Pegu is a fixture of NYC.

A marker77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012, United States -
77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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The Clover Club

Over in Brooklyn you can find interesting cocktail bar with an Irish inspired name and loads of personality. The Clover Club stands out with an inventive menu and a ton of options for those with all sorts of palates. The place is known for bringing back the essence cocktail craft by embracing the nouveau –antiquarian cocktail crafting movement. The interior is complimented by a mahogany bar that dates back to the 19thb century, a ceiling covered in pressed tin, and marble tables. The place is well known to food and bar critics both inside and outside of the NY and they have made a name for themselves for having “the best cocktails on earth” according to writer and historian David Wondrich. The place also has a pretty laid back vibe so you can avoid the pretension.

A marker210 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States -
210 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
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The Dead Rabbit

The name of this place should be familiar to those who know the rough history of New York. In many ways it lends itself to the concept of a time capsule bar and the early elitism of the days of Boss Tweed who ran the City with an iron fist. The place is a full operating landmark that is owned by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry who were formerly bartenders and the famed Merchant Hotel in Northern Ireland. This place is a bit rustic but that naturalistic essence comes through in the freshness of the ingredients and the variety of the menu which mingles well in the form of 19th century décor. The charm of the place is the feel that it was the type of place where the five points gangs would come to settle things with their fist.

A marker30 Water Street, New York -
30 Water St, New York, NY 10004, USA
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The Cellar Bar

If you are looking for a place that has more of brooding and palpable sensibility then the Cellar Bar is fits the bill perfectly. It sits inside one of the most noteworthy hotels in the city, the Merrion. This lounge as sort of a cavernous sensibility which yet a gain exposes the lingering history of the prohibition era and its effects on the city at large. It’s a popular place to host an event but its cocktail menu is what has helped it to stand out you can enjoy drinks like their martinis, rum drinks and gin drinks which has a nice and zesty note and a strong kick then there is the which is an essential drink to have for anyone at the Cellar Bar.

A markerThe Bryant Park Hotel, 40 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018, United States -
40 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018, USA
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