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Which bars in NYC have particularly innovative and creative cocktails?

Upvoted by Johanna Shi and 21 others
amy-koffsky

Amy Koffsky

Brooklyn

Amy is a bartender who knows what she's talking about.

Amy Koffsky

Amy is a bartender who knows what she's talking about.

Answer found helpful by Vincent Singler and 29 others

Booker and Dax is the sort of place where you walk in the door and surrender yourself to the staff. It's not likely that you'll look through the menu and find a single cocktail that has a list of ingredients you're entirely familiar with. You'll see phrases like "milk washed" "justino" and "acid-adjusted." Ingredients from mushrooms to fresh powdered basil to berries picked off of a tree right in the lower east side. Somehow, the vast majority of cocktails remain approachable. If you're in the mood for a classic, Booker & Dax makes the best. martini. anywhere, which they bottle prediluted and serve freezer-cold. This is a great place to take a date because when the conversation gets awkward you can just be like, "THESE DRINKS, AMIRITE?" and she'll be like "YOU ARE RIGHT!" I highly recommend sitting at the bar. The staff are super friendly and they put on a great show. Try a drink from each section of the menu and, of course, enjoy the bar snacks that come from the adjoining ssäm bar kitchen.

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gerardo-rodriguez

NYC bartender & specialty cocktail creationist

Gerardo Rodriguez

This was hilarious! I've been here once but when I had already had a few too many...I see them in a new light!

Reply over 1 year ago

scott-chen

Marketing consultant, food network voyeur

Scott Chen

I live right by here and have never been in, and now I feel like a fool! It sounds awesome!

Reply over 1 year ago

april-wachtel

April Wachtel

New York

www.swigandswallow.com

April is a mixologist, a veteran cocktail instructor, and owner of Swig + Swallow cocktail batching + delivery service.

April Wachtel

Yay! I used to work here actually! They kill it- Dave A is brilliant, and they do a great job of doing serious things in a really friendly laid back way.

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Pradeep Mishra and 12 others
649 E 9th St, New York, NY
april-wachtel

April Wachtel

New York

www.swigandswallow.com

April is a mixologist, a veteran cocktail instructor, and owner of Swig + Swallow cocktail batching + delivery service.

April Wachtel

April is a mixologist, a veteran cocktail instructor, and owner of Swig + Swallow cocktail batching + delivery service.

Answer found helpful by Julia Martin and 33 others

Mace is a relative newcomer to the New York cocktail scene, having opened in March in the old Louis 649 space in Alphabet City. However, in this case 'new' doesn't mean inexperienced, as co-owner and head bartender Nico de Soto is well pedigreed in the cocktail world, having worked at all three Experimental Cocktail Clubs, in New York, Paris, and London. Thematically the menu is spice-focused, featuring cocktails like the namesake "Mace" (aperol, aquavit, beet juice, orange acid, young Thai coconut cordial, mace mist), and "Black Pepper" (bacon-fat washed vodka, watermelon shrub, verjus, black pepper tincture, soda), but perhaps even more interesting is deSoto's use of 'traditionally' culinary ingredients like soy sauce, shiitake mushrooms and olive oil in his cocktails. Innovative and delicious.

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shiloh-jackson

Lawyer, craft beer aficianado

Shiloh Jackson

I originally came here thinking it looked like a great date spot, but was really surprised by the cocktails. They whipped up some great off-menu stuff as well, really knowledgable guys behind the bar

Reply over 1 year ago

kristin-cardoza

Mother first, chef second

Kristin Cardoza

Such a nice description, I loved reading this. Thanks April!

Reply over 1 year ago

april-wachtel

April Wachtel

New York

www.swigandswallow.com

April is a mixologist, a veteran cocktail instructor, and owner of Swig + Swallow cocktail batching + delivery service.

April Wachtel

Thanks Kristin:):) and yes Shiloh, an unassuming exterior and delicious drinks!!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Alex Wu and 10 others
alex-berlingeri

Alex Berlingeri

Ho Ho Kus

www.sahospitalitygroup.com

Corporate Beverage Director SAhospitalitygroup Sant Ambroeus, Felice Wine Bars, Regency Grill, Casa Lever

Alex Berlingeri

Corporate Beverage Director SAhospitalitygroup Sant Ambroeus, Felice Wine Bars, Regency Grill, Casa Lever

Answer found helpful by Sarah Young and 21 others

If you are truly a cocktail aficionado then this is the place for you, they change their cocktail program every season and have some of the most cutting edge cocktails around. Innovative menu layout broken down by shaken and stirred makes this place well worth the trip downtown. last years winner best cocktail program in the WORLD by tales of the cocktail out of new Orleans.

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kathleen-jacobs

Aspiring chef, food blogger

Kathleen Jacobs

I loved this writeup! Have been meaning to go here for a long time, it sounds fantastic!

Reply over 1 year ago

amir-khan

Pakistani private chef

Amir Khan

I have heard mucha bout the dead rabbit but really loved the background. Had no idea they were known on that kind of national scale!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Scott Chen and 7 others
andrew-johnson-35

Andrew Johnson

New York City

www.roundtable.io

Co-founder of RoundTable

Andrew Johnson

Co-founder of RoundTable

Answer found helpful by Kevin Malouf and 13 others

For those of you who never venture there, Avenue C has some incredible bars, and The Wayland is at the very top. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgable, and there's none of the stuffiness or pretension you find at many of the great cocktail lounges. It's hard to go wrong on their list, but two of my favorites are the "I Hear Banjoes" with apple pie moonshine, rye whiskey and applewood-cinnamon bark smoke, as well as the "Garden Variety Margarita" with ginger & kale juice, agave nectar and a smoked sea salt rim. They also feature easygoing live music on some weeknights. A great destination in the east village.

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Upvoted by Allie Lewate and 5 others
111 Reade St, New York, NY
alex-fish

Restaurant & Bars Manager with Starwood

Alex Fish

Restaurant & Bars Manager with Starwood

Answer found helpful by Rosa Lowe and 18 others

I came across this place by accident, just trying to get out of the rain one night. The menu is very simple considering the majority of cocktails are bespoke. I love walking in and telling the bartender the random flavors I want in my drink with any ingredient, and viola, 5 minutes later I have the most amazing cocktail.

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ashley-belin

Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between

Ashley Belin

Not an area of the city I know well so this will come in handy at some point I'm sure. I just read more about them looks really interesting!

Reply over 1 year ago

kerry-smith

Kerry Smith

New York

When life gives you limes, just add tequila

Kerry Smith

It's an amazing experience when you find bartenders who are able to consistently pull this off well. I'll check em out!

Reply over 1 year ago

chua-sang

Food is joy, joy is food

Chua Sang

Nice recommendation I really enjoyed this!

Reply over 1 year ago

katie-diehl

Life is too short to skip dessert

Katie Diehl

Very nice thanks Alex! Do they have any cocktails from the menu you'd recommend or is bespoke the way to go?

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jacqueline Raposo and 4 others
157 Duane St, New York, NY
sydney-willcox

Sydney Willcox

New York City

Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen

Sydney Willcox

Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen

Answer found helpful by Morgan Theriault and 16 others

Absolutely love this place for divine and unique cocktail. With all the housemade mixers, creative garnishes, and unusual liquors I know I can always be happily surprised when I order something new. The environment is a great mix of chic and laid-back, and the cocktail and food menu are quite affordable for the neighborhood!

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dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

Chic, laid back and great cocktails. I'm sold. Thanks for the great rec!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Sam Peters and 4 others
sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Answer found helpful by Ibi Owairu and 14 others

Not all restaurants have a bar program that reflects the concept and the menu of the restaurant. That's one of the many things we admire about Mission Chinese. This cocktail in the photo has gin, coconut, kaffir lime, ginger, lemongrass, fry Tianjin chili and sesame oil and it's bomb (yes, I know Thai is not Szechuan but...). Thinking about the cocktail just reminds me how much I've been wanting to go back!

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Chyanti Mukherjee

I just ate here last week, one of the best meals I've had in months. So many interesting dishes. I will also be going back here, I did a bottle of wine last time but I'll be sure to try the cocktails next time!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Dani Hannah and 4 others
shaun-mehtani

New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,

Shaun Mehtani

New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,

Answer found helpful by Andrew Johnson and 11 others

Unlike others, this wonderful place doesn't focus too heavily on the classics. They experiment a lot! Not every experiment turns out wonderful, but I do enjoy the out of the box thinking!

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harvey-fostern

Art Director, Design, UX

Harvey Fostern

This is definitely where you will find many of the bartenders and mixologists in the city.

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Kevin Clarkson and 3 others
erin-healy

Erin Healy

New York City

https://www.instagram.com/moresaltandlard/

Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione

Erin Healy

Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione

Answer found helpful by Christian Duval and 11 others

Boiler Makers are back in fashion, and I don't think anyone is doing it better than the beverage team at DBGB. They now offer a well thought out, unique menu of craft boiler makers that range from Amaro Montenegro with IPA to Del Maguey Mezcal with some rich Italian beer called Maledetta. The spirit and beer are served with their own individual glasses, with a third glass for blending, giving you a chance to taste everything seperately and blend based on your own personal preference. It's a bugey beer and a shot and I am all for it. Fair warning: A single boiler maker is famous for making me feel all warm and fuzzy...if you want to try a few I recommend bringing friends!

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julie-barbera

SoCal native, freelance writer

Julie Barbera

Nothing wrong with warm and fuzzy! It is winter after all :)

Reply about 1 year ago

victoria-justin

Line cook, just moved to NYC

Victoria Justin

One of my favorite spots in the neighborhood! I will be getting a boilermaker next time I'm there!

Reply about 1 year ago

dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

Very cool! Will give me a fun drink to try next time I go back!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jonathan Wood and 2 others
245 Eldridge St, New York, NY
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 Mangal Dev and 16 others

I'm adding Bar Goto mainly because they made the impossible possible. I drank an entire Umami Mary here. That just doesn't happen for me. Kenta (formerly of Clover Club) has created his own version of a Bloody Mary, which adds miso, shiitake mushrooms, lemon, tomato and Clamato. It works. There's also the Sakura Martini, garnished with a cherry blossom. I guarantee that you've seen many an instagram post of it . It's a perfect blend of sake and gin with a dash of maraschino. I also need to give a special shout out to those miso wings, because they are bonkers and I'm in love with them. It's also great to have a variety of Okonomi-yaki to choose from. Take some friends and try them all!

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kevin-clarkson

Art Director, wine lover, passionate about all things culinary

Kevin Clarkson

I almost shuddered when I first heard the name Umami Mary, but enough people have said good things about it that it seems like its worth a go.

Reply about 1 year ago

terry-kim

Web developer with a Korean BBQ obsession

Terry Kim

This was awesome, loved reading your post. Definitely a spot Ill check out. Thank yoU!

Reply about 1 year ago

jerry-hughes

perfected the art of eating

Jerry Hughes

Looks and sounds really cool. It looks like a pretty small space though is it tough to get a reservation here similar to places like PDT?

Replies (1) about 1 year ago

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

I have no idea about reservations. It's fairly small, but it has a thoughtful layout that maximizes the space.

about 1 year ago

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