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What cocktail bars in New York serve large format drinks for 2+ people?

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sarah-blau

Beverage Manager at Aquavit

Sarah Blau

Beverage Manager at Aquavit

Answer found helpful by Sue Kim and 25 others

Without question The Dead Rabbit, with its vast and annually updated cocktail menu, is one of the top bars in the city. It can easily exist on any list for great cocktails, whiskey or chill and comfortable exclusivity, with the friendliest and most knowledgeable staff. The 72 offered single serving libations are some of the best and most creative, but they also offer the classic “communal punches”, served in the original punch bowl, making any group gathering festive. These can be enjoyed in the Taproom, downstairs and open to the public, or (preferably) upstairs in the more exclusive Parlor, exclusive purely because it does not offer standing room. The drinks are not for the weak, using a mix of modern and rediscovered pre-prohibition spirits. Jack McGarry resurrected these recipes, giving them another life and, in the process, blessing the true cocktail lover and converting the naysayers.

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ashley-belin

Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between

Ashley Belin

Their reputation as one of the best cocktail bars in the city is well deserved. Really enjoyed this Sarah!

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adalyn-van-witten

Dutch pastry chef studying in NYC

Adalyn Van Witten

This sounds so up my alley! Very nice piece!

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Upvoted by Dana Silverstein and 9 others
kellie-norris

Kellie Norris

Manhattan

@kelsojeann

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Kellie Norris

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Answer found helpful by Sue Kim and 18 others

I suppose now that I can go to Cuba I should, but in the meantime this place does the trick. They serve multiple sizes of punch bowls that vary from around $40-$120 (sometimes they have half off deals for Happy Hour or on Sundays!) The Intro to Awesome is a personal favorite of mine (Rum, Aperol, Cucumber Lime) but if you're feeling especially saucy go for the Zombie.

As an added bonus, Mother of Pearl is right downstairs!

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marc-ramos

Private chef, specialize in latin american cuisine

Marc Ramos

One of my favorite cocktail bars in the city and I had no idea they offered half off deals. Sweeeet!

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johanna-shi

Ramen Hipster, I loved it before it was cool

Johanna Shi

Yeah that half off deal is seriously ridic. One of my favorite cocktail bars in the EV!

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Upvoted by Sue Kim and 9 others
abby-swain

Pastry chef at Craft, Craftbar

Abby Swain

Pastry chef at Craft, Craftbar

Answer found helpful by Jenny Lee and 13 others

The Nomad Bar offers "Cocktail Explosions" serving 4-8 people. They come in these large jugs with a spigot at the bottom for easy refills. We went with the Mai Tai and now I'm looking for an excuse to go back and try another..

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miles-bernstein

Food photographer and writer

Miles Bernstein

The NoMad has one of my favorite cocktail lists in the city. It's extensive, but I didn't realize they offered large format cocktails as well. Sweet!

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Morgan Theriault

Yes I had no idea they offered cocktails for larger parties, another reason I love nomad!

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kellie-norris

Kellie Norris

Manhattan

@kelsojeann

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Kellie Norris

ummm, I'll gladly visit with you!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Lara Chang and 8 others
morgan-harris

Morgan Harris

New York

www.morganwharris.com

Sommelier at Aureole Restaurant

Morgan Harris

Sommelier at Aureole Restaurant

Answer found helpful by Vlad Gaskarth and 18 others

This is one of my favorite go-to spots in North Brooklyn. There's a very McNally-inspired, am-I-on-a-movie-set-right-now? quality about the bar, which I feel like people either love or hate. Topically, the bartenders are the real McCoy: highly skilled and very down to earth. Don't let their suspenders fool you. I feel 100% comfortable having them make me whatever they want, as I generally can't be bothered to look at a menu if I'm not ordering something out of the classic cocktail cannon. When you think about drinks for a living, the last thing you want to be doing when you're out is thinking about drinks.

I love me a Tiki drink, but would never make them at home and they do them for two (possibly more?). The last Tiki cocktail for two I ordered was simply spectacular. I do not know what it was called (nor do I particularly care) but it was the perfect alchemy of three plus types of rum, velvet falernum or St. Elizabeth all-spice dram, tropical juices and the garnish was simply spectacular. And there was a flaming 151 float! What more could want out of a cocktail? It instantly transports you to a balmy cabana in the tropics, or certainly the particular Mad-Men-ish generation of American aesthetics. Most important, their drinkability is really off the charts. You will be scared by how fast it's gone.

Maison Premiere's other offerings are also great. The raw bar is top-notch and while I don't have in-depth experience with their small-plates program, they always look good. The wine list is also one of the most thoughtful, opinionated (and yummy!) in North Brooklyn outside of the Tarlow restaurants. Usually my move is bartender's choice aperetif-style cocktail (they make a great Ramos Gin Fizz too), large raw bar with bottle of grower Champagne, followed by crazy tiki drink. Trust me, you will feel very civilized after that whole situation.

They are often quite crowded for their happy hour, but the door staff is always kind and patient. I like to go on off-days early and often late-night they're surprisingly chill. The backyard is also beautiful in-season, but is usually too much for me to consider.

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eliot-abrams

My friends think I'm a food snob

Eliot Abrams

Great piece about these guys, I've wanted to check them out for awhile

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433 East 6th Street, New York, NY
steven-hubbell

Executive Chef at Junoon Owner Devil's Larder Bitters

Steven Hubbell

Executive Chef at Junoon Owner Devil's Larder Bitters

Answer found helpful by Sue Kim and 23 others

So I haven't gotten into too many large format cocktails mainly because the lean towards being a bit sweeter and I just go for cocktails that are more spirit forward. But, when at Death & Co with several drunk friends who happen to be into tikki drinks and want to order a vat of booze to share I find it difficult to be the holdout killjoy. So we ended up with some crazy ass drink which I think was the Pirate King Punch. Tequila, two rums, like four different bitters, some Creole shrubb, passion fruit juice, citrus and four straws. We crushed that thing in less than 5 minutes. No joke. Completely wasted.

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adalyn-van-witten

Dutch pastry chef studying in NYC

Adalyn Van Witten

Haha, I just laughed out loud! Not a cocktail I would've expect to find at Death & Co.

Reply over 1 year ago

harvey-fostern

Art Director, Design, UX

Harvey Fostern

That sweet stuff will get you, goes down too easy!

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