The Handy Liquor Bar
Everyone needs a handy local drinking den, and now New Yorkers and in-the-know visitors to the city that never sleeps have new SoHo sipster The Handy Liquor Bar. Following a stellar soft opening – when it played host to celebs including Tilda Swinton and model Christy Turlington – the chic cocktail lounge and piano bar has received a steady stream of punters coming to lounge on its plush leather Chesterfields and sup on smoothly-made Manhattans.
The bar takes its name from Thomas Handy, the original master mixologist of the 1800s and inventor of America’s oldest cocktail, the Sazerac (a blend of rye whiskey, absinthe and bitters), naturally the Handy’s signature sip. The rest of the artisanal drinks list is made up of classics with a mod nod, like the Negroni infused with fragrant cloves, and the heady Oaxaca Old Fashioned made with Herradura tequila, agave nectar and firewater bitters, served up in an oversized jam jar. The décor emanates old world opulence with warm burgundy wingback chairs, marble table tops, mahogany shelves lined with leather-bound cocktail books and a 50s Wurlitzer baby grand piano that taps out jazzy tunes during the nightly Prohibition Hour. For a mid-drink munch, opt for small bar bites like oysters rockefeller and truffle tea sandwiches from Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori. Handy, yes indeed!
527 Broome St / SoHo / +1 212 390 1705 / from 5pm daily / thehandyliquorbar.com