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8 New New York Cocktail Bars

April 20, 2016
Hottest New… Sip Spots

The latest places in Manhattan to get a Manhattan.

 

The Big Apple gets a new cocktail bar about as often as Carrie downs a Cosmo after a Big break-up, but, over the past months, a few particularly masterful mixers have arrived on the scene. Here are the shakers you simply must skip to and sip at...

 

Vandal

Cheers to: Urban art, club vibes and an uber cool crowd

From the crew behind Uptown Asian party palace Tao comes this sprawling, multi-level, street-art-splashed lounge in Bowery that serves up inventive drinks like the Miss Demeanor (brugal anejo rum, lime and allspice tincture) alongside global sharables (think red snapper tostadas and crispy brisket bao buns), live DJ tunes and ace ambience.

 

Seaborne

Cheers to: Sasha Petraske’s libation legacy

The driver of NY’s craft cocktail movement and owner of speakeasy stalwart Milk & Honey, Petraske sadly died last year, but his partners Josh Bonsignore and Lucinda Sterling have opened this Red Hook nook in his honour. The simple Hemingway Daiquiri and Journalist would make the main mixmaster proud.

 

Bar Goto

Cheers to: Nippon sips with creative flair

The concept of the humble izakaya is taken to luxe new levels at this swish dark wood den where precision pours by an ex-Pegu Club barman are coupled with small okonomiyaki (savoury Japanese pancakes). Go for the Umami Mary – kampai!

 

Mother of Pearl

Cheers to: A tastefully tropi-cool tippler

Nightlife doyen Ravi DeRossi has done away with painted ceiling and French vibes of Gin Palace, replacing his juniper joint with a pretty pastiche to all things Polynesian. The sophis-tiki treat reps Hawaiian-inspired libations like the Tide is High (pineapple, cashew, mezcal and reposado tequila), plus speciality shots and entirely vegan snacks, while accents of leafy wallpaper offset the colonial crown mouldings. A real pearl.

 

The Up & Up

Cheers to: Well-made signatures and sample or sized-up options

This unassuming neighbourhood cocktailer is in a storied setting (the subterranean space was once home to Beatnik birthplace Gaslight Cafe) but now the focus is squarely on the quirky concoctions with original offerings including the Strunk Text made with tequila, pink peppercorn, chanterelles and celery shrubb. Try multiple options by going for ‘halfies’ (small servings) or, if you know what you like, get a bottled classic ‘tail.

 

Seamstress

Cheers to: Drinks with atelier attention to detail

An ex-Dead Rabbit ‘tender is behind the long list of Americana pleasers at this smart, UES lair that reps lashings of leather and wood, as well as two bars and a sweatshop’s worth of sewing-machine and scissor imagery. The drinks list is a patchwork of pretty classics and house blends with offerings like the Tabletop (Roca Reposado, thyme, lime, celery soda and pink salt) and the warming Spindle (Louis Royer Force 53 Cognac, sorel, apple, honey and lemon bitters, served hot).

 

Mace

Cheers to: Spice ‘tails

Boilermaker's Greg Boehm and Nico de Soto turn up the heat with just 11 libations each showcasing a different spice. Opt for the Mustard Seed if you like it hot or the Saffron is a foam-topped glass of gin, rosewater and pistachio pleasure.

 

Leyenda

Cheers to: Tequila-fuelled good times

The fiesta-resistance! A pair of Clover Clubbers showcase the spirits (and spirit) of Latin America with fun cocteles including the kicky Say Anything, made with jalapeño-infused blanco tequila, cachaça, Aperol, watermelon and mint. Add Central-to-South snacks like Colombian Papas Rellenas. Que, si!

 

Vandal / 199 Bowery / LES / +1 212 400 0199 / 5pm-1am Sun-Wed, 5pm-2am Thu-Sat / vandalnewyork.com

Seaborne / 228 Van Brunt St / Brooklyn / +1 718 852 4888 / midnight-3am daily

Bar Goto / 245 Eldridge St / LES / +1 212 475 4411 / 5pm-midnight Tue-Thu & Sun, 5pm-2am Fri-Sat / bargoto.com

Mother of Pearl / 95 Ave A / East Village / +1 212 614 6818 / 5pm-2am daily / motherofpearlnyc.com

The Up & Up / 116 MacDougal St / Greenwich Village / + 1 212 260 3000 / 5pm-2am Sun-Wed, 5pm-3am Thu-Sat / upandupnyc.com

Seamstress / 339 E 75th St / UES / +1 212 288 8033 / 5.30pm-1am Sun-Thu, 5.30pm-2am Fri-Sat / seamstressny.com

Mace / 649 E 9th St / East Village / 5pm-2am Mon-Fri, 4pm-2am Sat-Sun / macenewyork.com

Leyenda / 221 Smith St / Brooklyn / +1 347 987 3260 / 5pm-2am Mon-Thu, 5pm-3am Fri-Sat, 5pm-1am Sun / leyendabk.com

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