Some of the best mixologists call New York City home and their experimenting is our benefit. Whether you're looking for classic cocktails or modern urban compositions that use crafty or organic ingredients, you'll be able to find it in the Big Apple. So grab your friends, tuck some cash into your pockets, and head out to the five best mixologist bars in the city.
8 Stuyvesant St.
New York, NY 10003
One of the so-called secret or speakeasy bars in New York, this is a popular spot to grab a drink spiced with some irregular ingredients but delicious nonetheless. Tucked away inside a Japanese restaurant, this East Village bar has received top reviews not only for its classy atmosphere and perfect service but for its drinks experimentation. The cocktails each have fun names and are infused with many different ingredients. You'll be delighted by the creations you find here.
120 Rivington St.
New York, NY 10002
Another bar that is semi-hidden, Nitecap is a mixologist heaven. Wine, beer, and of course, fancy cocktails are available here at this laid back bar. With drink names like Boyfriend Material, Smooth Sailing, and Fireside Chat, you'll be kicking back in comfort in no time. If you're looking to escape the busy streets up above, duck into this little spot with a few friends for a great night.
20 Seventh Ave. S.
New York, NY 10011
This spot has also received some great reviews for its location and mixology. Featuring a large menu of craft cocktails, Little Branch is a cozy little spot in the West Village. Beware though - this bar is cash only, and there's no ATM close by. A cozy underground den lit by candles, the jazz band that plays regularly adds to the charm of the place.
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135 Graham Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11206
One of the newest cocktail bars in the city, this Brooklyn establishment is a great place to find specialty drinks. Like many of the classy joints mentioned already, Featherweight is housed in a speakeasy-style space that gives visitors an intimate feeling. This is a comfortable, relaxed spot where the mixologists are knowledgeable and create some great concoctions. You may have some trouble finding the bar, but if you see the white feather on the door, you've found the right place.
2 E. 55 St.
New York, NY 10022
A fun spot to celebrate any occasion, the King Cole Bar is located inside the St. Regis Hotel. Known as the spot where the very first "Red Snapper" (or Bloody Mary, as we know it today) was served, the bar also serves a wide array of cocktails. A historic bar that gets its name from a Maxfield Parrish mural that is featured behind the bartenders, if you've gotten chummy with the mixologists, you might just coerce them into telling you the secret that lies in the painting. If you want to experience classic New York, this is the place to be.
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Jennifer Eberhart is a writer, reader, crafter, traveler and New Yorker. She works in midtown New York City for non-profit organizations. Her degrees are in communication studies and art history.You can contact Jennifer on Twitter at @egyptologist. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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