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You cannot possibly mention a best speakeasy list without mentioning the mother of hipster cocktail bars - Please Don't Tell. Hidden in the back of a phone booth in a Crif Dogs right on St. Marks Pl., PDT is notorious for its reservation-only and amazing cocktail program, one that many restaurants and bars have taken notes from.
PDT is considered by many to be the Noma of bartending and mixology, and their cocktail book is a mainstay in the libraries of many cocktail enthusiasts everywhere.
If you can get a reservation here, it's definitely worth checking out, even if only for the novelty of going through the phone booth, but absolutely look forward to Jim Meehan's amazing cocktails.
Marilyn La Jeunesse
New York City
Writer & self-proclaimed foodie
If you stand in line (yes, literally line up outside of the telephone booth before 5pm), there is a good chance you can grab a spot at the bar, which is first-come first serve. I have a few friends who go regularly thanks to this trick.
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NY expat in LA
I'm not a huge fan of this brand of fusion Japanese cocktails, but these guys and girls are some of the originals, following closely on the heels of the original Milk & Honey.
perfected the art of eating
They moved from their location in the LES to this one in Flatiron, and the cocktail paradise has transitioned well! They don't have menus here, but the bartenders always know what they're doing, so trust them to make you something awesome!
Closed now :-( Not sure where they're re-opening.
almost 2 years ago
Android developer and passionate cook
Attaboy had some large shoes to fill after the closing of Milk & Honey, and they've done this splendidly. The coolest part of this speakeasy is that they don't have any menus; just tell the bartender what you like or are in the mood for. They'll whip you up something great without fail.
I like pizza
Very cool setup with doorbells to notify the waiter when you need service, open kitchen/bar area to see them make the drinks, and typically not too bad to get a table if you go early.
Coffee addict and world traveler
How early should one show up to grab a table?
Not sure if this qualifies as a "speakeasy", but this unassuming cocktail bar, tucked in the back of the Iroquois Hotel lobby, slings killer classics in the Petraske et al. vein.
Web developer with a Korean BBQ obsession
This is a really sexy bar that has a "chemists" theme (the bartenders mix cocktails wearing white lab coats). They have an amazing cocktail selection, though it may be hard to get in (bouncers only let in people dressed extremely well). But it's worth the trip! Try their "Harvest of Mexico" if you like mezcal!
One can not think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
This speakeasy in Harlem has a great cocktail menu that's backed up by great food. Their fried chicken sliders go great with some of their champagne-based cocktails!
My last visit was years ago, but at that time this bar was more form than function. The bar management would do well to study their downtown competition, and classic cocktails in general. The mixed drinks hardly delivered for their price.
Just really great cocktails. Go during off-hours or face a surly door guy and a 30-60 minute wait. Tip - they also serve small bites here, including mac & cheese on individual spoons for easy sharing.
If you didn't know about it you would walk right by it. In the back of a pawn shop you enter through a little blue door into a grand open space that exudes class. Where there are tables to grab a bite to eat and a long comfy couch to sip on some of the best mixed cocktails I have had. Owned by the guys that own Stanton Social. They nailed it. Bathrooms are are spectacular and I want the wallpaper for my house!
This super small (but super adorable) speakeasy is one of my favorites. Located in the basement of The Nite Owl, Dead Drop is easily over-looked. The drink selection is marked as "lively" and "lethal," with an array of interesting options. I tried the Fictitious Entry, which was surprisingly strong and served in a tiki cup. The speakeasy has a good atmosphere and great music. It runs on a first-come first-served basis, so get there early to ensure a seat. I showed up around 10pm on a Saturday with a group of 6 and was immediately seated.
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