The cocktail renaissance is in full swing in NYC, where bartenders are bringing back classic recipes and mixologists are adding their own twists with new and interesting concoctions. Here is our MurphGuide Directory of the top cocktail bars in NYC:
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Financial District / Lower Manhattan:
The Black Hound: 301 South End Ave. (Albany St.) New York, NY. (212) 945-0562
Contemporary Speakeasy, offering exquisitely crafted cocktails created by acclaimed NYC mixologist Jeremy Strawn.
BlackTail: 22 Battery Place (West St.) at Pier A, 2nd floor. (212) 785-0153
American bar with a Cuban soul, paying homage to 1920s-era Cuba. From the owners of The Dead Rabbit.
The Dead Rabbit: 30 Water St. (between Broad St. & Coenties Slip) New York, NY. (646) 422-7906
Award-winning bar serving 72 historically-accurate cocktails dreamed up by the nineteenth century’s most celebrated bartenders.
The Underdog: 55 Stone St. (Mill Lane) New York, NY. (917) 409-0251
Cocktail bar located beneath The Growler
Lower East side:
Ariel’s Bistro: 293 E. Houston St. (Clinton St.) (212) 982-3222
Latin tapas bistro serving tropical cocktails including mojitos and caipirinhas
Attaboy: 134 Eldridge St. (between Broome & Delancy St.) New York, NY.
Speakeasy cocktail bar in the space of Milk & Honey.
Bar Goto: 245 Eldridge St. (between Houston & Stanton St.) New York, NY. (212) 475-4411
Japanese tapas & craft cocktails.
Nightcap: 151 Rivington St. (between Essex & Norfolk St.) New York, NY. (212) 466-3361
Cocktail bar recently re-located to the former 151 space.
Suffolk Arms: 269 Houston St. (Suffolk St.) (212) 475-0400
Cocktail bar from veteran bartender Giuseppe Gonzalez
Kips Bay / Murray Hill:
Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails: 367 Third Ave. (between 26th & 27th St.) New York, NY. (212) 689-3000
Dedicated to providing the best cocktails and new American food.
Middle Branch: 154 E. 33rd St. (between Third Ave. & Lexington Ave.) New York, NY. (212) 213-1350
Classic cocktails from the people behind Milk & Honey and Little Branch
The Nomad Bar: 10 W. 28th St. (Broadway) (347) 472-5660
Cocktail bar next to the Nomad Hotel
Analogue: 19 W. 8th St. (between Fifth & Sixth Ave.) New York, NY. (212) 432-0200
A cocktail-driven bar, featuring a whiskey and bourbon library, and live jazz
Fifty: 50 Commerce St. (between Barrow & Bedford St.) New York, NY. (212) 524-2301
American restaurant with South American influences. Cocktails by Darnell Holguin
The Happiest Hour: 121 W. 10th St. (Greenwich Ave.) (212) 243-2827
cocktail bar and full-service restaurant by Acme’s Jon Neidich and veteran New York bartender Jim Kearns, formerly of the NoMad Hotel and Pegu Club.
Little Branch: 20-22 Seventh Ave. S. (Leroy St.) (212) 929-4360
basement cocktail lounge created by the late cocktail legend Sasha Petraske
Rogue & Canon: 128 W. Houston St. (Sullivan St.) New York, NY. (646) 398-8700
Accessible mixology bar and kitchen located on the border of SoHo and the West Village.
Slowly Shirley: 121 W. 10th St. (Greenwich Ave.) (212) S-H-I-R-L-E-Y
subterranean cocktail lounge below The Happiest Hour
Sweetwater Social: 643 Broadway (Bleecker St.) New York, NY. (212) 253-7467
Subterranean lounge in Noho featuring handcrafted cocktails.
The Up & Up: 116 MacDougal St. (between Bleecker & W. 3rd St.) New York, NY. (212) 260-3000
Subterranean craft cocktail bar (follow the illuminated arrow pointing down the stairs) in an historic space, once home to the Gaslight Cafe.
Genuine Liquorette: 191 Grand St. (Mulberry St.) New York, NY. (646) 726-4633
Coastal roadside fare w/ global ingredient twists, celebrating the return of Eben Freeman behind the stick. Home to the chachunker
Gold Bar: 389 Broome St. (Mulberry St.) New York, NY. (212) 274-1568
Luxurious venue serving artisanal cocktails.
Mother’s Ruin: 18 Spring St. (between Mott & Elizabeth St.) New York, NY. no phone
blend of your favorite local bar and cocktail temple
Meat Packing District:
Bar Nana: 63 Gansevoort St. (between Washington & Greenwich St.) New York, NY.
Punta del Este meets the Second French Empire in Paris (blending of South American and French influences) serving craft cocktails.
Troy Liquor Bar: 675 Hudson St. (13th St.) New York, NY. (212) 699-4700
Serving retro cocktails with house-made tinctures and bitters along with barrel-aged spirits.
Porchlight: 271 Eleventh Ave. (28th St.) New York, NY. (212) 981-6188
A New York cocktail bar with a Southern accent that presents contemporary interpretations of the region’s rich drinks and food heritage.
The Tippler: 425 W. 15th St. (between 9th & 10th Ave.)New York, NY. (212) 206-0000
underground cocktail bar & gastropub beneath Chelsea Market.
Amor y Amargo: 443 E. 6th St. (Avenue A) New York, NY. (212) 614-6818
A bitters tasting room and general store. The “first bar in NY to focus solely on exploring the richness of the world’s bitters”
Angel’s Share: 8 Stuyvesant Pl., 2nd Fl. (between 9th St. & Third Ave.) (212) 777-5415
Secret bar hidden inside a Japanese restaurant, specializing in scotch cocktails. Named after the amount of alcohol that is lost to evaporation while the liquid is aged in oak barrels.
Drexler’s: 9 Avenue A (between 1st & 2nd St.) New York, NY. (646) 524-5226
Bi-level cocktail bar and lounge
Evelyn: 171 Avenue C (between 10th & 11th St.) New York, NY. 917-617-1635
They call themselves a “drinkery”: a “no pretense bar for craft cocktails, great music, and a sexy room”.
Ghost Donkey: 4 Bleecker St. (Bowery) New York, NY. (212) 254-0350
Mexican lounge specializing in tequila & mezcal cocktails
Holiday Cocktail Lounge: 75 St. Marks Pl. (between First & Second Ave.) New York, NY. (212) 777-9637
New incarnation of the classic East Village bar on St. Mark’s.
The Library at The Public: 425 Lafayette St. (between Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.) New York, NY. (212) 539-8790
Supper club and cocktail bar at The Public Theater.
Mace: 649 E. 9th St. (between Avenue B & C)New York, NY. (212) 673-1190
Cocktail bar with spice-themed cocktail menu from master barman Nico de Soto.
Mother of Pearl: 95 Avenue A (E. 6th St.) New York, NY. (212) 614-6818
Postmodern Polynesian restaurant & tiki bar from cocktail maven Ravi DeRossi.
PDT: 113 St. Mark’s Place (between 1st Ave. & Avenue A) (212) 614-0386
PDT means please don’t tell. So we won’t tell you about the secret entrance
Pouring Ribbons: 225 Avenue B (bet. 13th & 14th St.), 2nd fl. New York, NY. (917) 656-6788
A cocktail bar from Alchemy Consulting.
The Summit Bar: 133 Avenue C (between 8th & 9th St.) New York, NY. (347) 465-7911
Bistro menu & crafted cocktails.
The Wayland: 700 E. 9th St. (Ave. C) New York, NY. (212) 777-7022
Cocktail bar utilizing fresh and unique ingredients, plus American craft beers
Dear Irving: 55 Irving Pl. (between 17th & 18th St.) New York, NY.
Cocktail parlor inspired by Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris”, with four rooms representing different historical eras.
Headless Horseman: 119 E. 15th St. (between Irving Place & Union Sq.) New York, NY. (212) 777-5101
Old-world tavern serving specialty cocktails.
Lazy Point: 310 Spring St. (between Greenwich & Renwick St.) New York, NY
Montauk inspired restaurant & bar with cocktails in the historic Captain Dennison Wood House
Pegu Club: 77 W. Houston (West Broadway) 2nd floor New York, NY (212) 473-PEGU
Upscale cocktail lounge named for a 19th century British colonial officers club in Burma
Hudson Malone: 218 E. 53rd St. (between Second & Third Ave.) New York, NY. (212) 355-6607
A real New York joint in the heart of Midtown. An old-world saloon serving classic cocktails, brought to you by Doug Quinn.
The Lantern’s Keep 49 W. 44th St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.) New York, NY. (212) 453-4287
cocktail bar hidden in the back of the lobby at the Iroquois Hotel
The Polo Bar: 1 E. 55th St. (Fifth Ave.) New York, NY. (212) 207-8562
Ralph Lauren’s first restaurant in New York features classic cocktails.
Upper East Side:
Drunken Munkey: 338 E. 92nd St. (between 1st & 2nd Ave.) New York, NY. (646) 998-4600
The Upper East Side’s first dedicated “craft cocktail” bar paying tribute to the cafes, bistros and supper clubs of ‘Old Bombay’
The Gilroy: 1561 Second Ave. (81st St.) New York, NY. (212) 734-8800
Craft cocktails and Italian inspired casual dining.
The Penrose: 1590 Second Ave. (between 82nd & 83rd St.) New York, NY. (212) 203-2751
Gastropub serving quality food and cocktails.
Seamstress: 339 E. 75th St. (between First & Second Ave.) New York, NY. (212) 288-8033
Cocktail lounge & restaurant with cocktail menu designed by Pamela Wiznitzer, formerly of the Dead Rabbit.
Upper West side:
Beacon Bar: 2130 Broadway (between 74th & 75th St.) New York, NY. (212) 787-1100
cocktail lounge at the Hotel Beacon and next to historic Beacon Theatre.
Joe’s Bar: 480 Amsterdam Ave. (83rd St.) New York, NY. (212) 579-4299
Burgers, cocktails, beer.
Manhattan Cricket Club: 226 W. 79th St. (between Amsterdam & Broadway) New York, NY. (646) 823-9251
Speakeasy cocktail lounge in a cozy 19th century apartment above Burke & Wills with cocktails curated by Greg Seider
Bed-Vyne Cocktail: 305 Halsey St. (Throop Ave.) Brooklyn, NY. (347) 787-4860
serving premium hand-crafted cocktails made with fresh ingredients and small batch premium grade specialty spirits.
Stop Time: 1223 Bedford Ave. (Halsey St.) Brooklyn, NY. (718) 230-1212
Beer and wine-focused cocktail program is designed to bring out the exquisite flavor profiles of a variety of vermouths, sherries, and fortified wines.
Clover Club: 210 Smith St. (between Baltic & Butler St.) Brooklyn, NY. (718) 855-7939
Premier cocktail bar from the legendary Julie Reiner.
Grand Army: 336 State St. (Hoyt St.) (718) 422-7867
Cozy cocktail & oyster bar.
Leyenda: 221 Smith St. (between Baltic & Butler St.) (347) 987-3260
Pan-Latin cocktail bar by cocktail matriarch Julie Reiner and her long time protégé Ivy Mix
Bossa Nova Civic Club: 1271 Myrtle Ave. (Hart St.) Brooklyn, NY. (718) 443-1271
Tropical techno cocktail bar.
Miles: 101 Wilson Ave. (between Troutman St. & Starr St.) Brooklyn, NY. (718) 483-9172
Unpretentious neighborhood cocktail bar offering signature seasonal cocktails, premium spirits, craft beer, wine, and eats.
Yours Sincerely: 41 Wilson Ave. (between Melrose & George St.) Brooklyn, NY
all draft cocktail bar, next door to sister bar Dear Bushwick
Congress Bar: 208 Court St. (Warren St.) Brooklyn, NY. no phone
Cocktail Bar in Cobble Hill specializing in hand crafted cocktails and craft beer.
Long Island Bar & Restaurant: 110 Atlantic Ave. (between Henry & Hicks St.) (718) 625-8908
Long-time neighborhood staple recently restored by veteran bartenders
Branch Ofc: 225 Rogers Ave. (between Union St. & President St.) Brooklyn, NY.
1950s style retro cocktail bar.
The Crown Inn: 724 Franklin Ave. (between Sterling Pl. & Park Pl.) Brooklyn, NY. (347) 915-1131
Neighborhood bar serving classic cocktails.
King Tai: 1095 Bergen St. (Nostrand Ave.) Brooklyn, NY. (718) 513 1025
Miami-influenced bar featuring 5 cocktails simply named #1 through #5
Super Power: 722 Nostrand Ave. (between Park Pl. & Prospect Pl.) Brooklyn, NY. (718) 484-0020
Tiki bar specializing in rum cocktails featuring over 100 kinds of rum
Two Saints: 753 Nostrand Ave. (Saint Johns Pl.) Brooklyn, NY. (347) 627-8444
retro cocktail bar featuring signature cocktails crafted from concepts old and new
Livingston Manor: 42 Hoyt St. (between Livingston & Schermerhorn St.) Brooklyn, NY. no phone
Owned by four cocktail bar veterans: Matthew Roff (Franklin Park), Anatoly Dubinsky (Franklin Park), Zhenya Kampanets (The Crown Inn), and Erika Broad (Congress).
Alameda: 195 Franklin St. (Green St.) Brooklyn, NY.
neighborhood bar and restaurant serving classic cocktails and American fare
Sauvage: 905 Lorimer St. (Nassau Ave.) Brooklyn, NY. (718) 486-6816
Greenpoint restaurant & bar from the team behind Maison Premiere.
Dirty Precious: 317 Third Ave. (1st St.) Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY. (646) 685-4481
Highbrow/lowbrow neighborhood cocktail bar in Gowanus
Halyard’s: 406 Third Ave. (6th St.) Brooklyn, NY. (718) 532-8787
Neighborhood cocktail bar. “An oasis amongst the gritty Gowanus industrial streets.”
Tooker Alley: 793 Washington Ave. (Lincoln Pl. & St. John’s Pl.) Brooklyn, NY. (347) 955-4743
Cocktails and live jazz.
Weather Up: 589 Vanderbilt Ave. (near Dean St.) Brooklyn, NY. no phone
a Prohibition-style cocktail lounge by Kathryn Weatherup.
Donna: 27 Broadway (between Kent & Whythe) Brooklyn, NY. (646) 568-6622
Featuring a rum-driven cocktail list inspired by the classics created by Jeremy Oertel (Dram, Mayahuel, Death & Co.)
Loosie Rouge: 91 S. 6th St. (between Berry St. & Bedford Ave.) Brooklyn, NY. (718) 384-2904
New Orleans-themed cocktail bar with drink menu by Parisian-born mixologist Nico de Soto.
Maison Premiere: 298 Bedford Ave. (between S. 1st & Grand Ave.) (347) 335-0446
Oyster house and cocktail den reflective of the staple establishments of New York, Paris and New Orleans.
OTB: 141 Broadway (between Driggs & Bedford Ave.) Brooklyn, NY. (347) 763-1481
Neighborhood bar serving craft spirits & bar food.
The Astor Room: 35-11 35th Ave. (36th St.) (718) 255-1947
Located in the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios complex
Dutch Kills: 27-24 Jackson Ave. (between Queens St. & Dutch Kills St.) (718) 383-2724
Cocktail bar by Milk & Honey’s Richard Boccato.
The Last Word: 31-30 Ditmars Blvd. (between 32nd & 33rd St.) Astoria, Queens (718) 440-3378
speakeasy-style cocktail bar disguised as a hardware store
Mar’s: 34-21 34th Ave. (between 34th & 35th St.) (718) 685-2480
Oyster bar & restaurant specializing in cocktails
Sweet Afton: 30-09 34th St. (30th Ave.) (718) 777-2570
Gastropub specializing in craft cocktails
Forest Hills Station House: 106-11 71st Ave. (Burns St.) (718) 544-5000
Gastropub featuring a large selection of whiskey.
End of the Century Bar: 104-08 Metropolitan Ave. (between 71st Dr. & 72nd Ave.) (718) 544-1624
Classic and tiki cocktails from veterans of Dutch Kills, PKNY, Pegu Club, & Flatiron Lounge.
[Please note: Like the Second Ave. subway, this list is perpetually under construction. We will do our best to keep this listing current. If you see an error or omission, please let us know.]