Considering it’s known as the city that never sleeps, it’s no surprise New York is home to some of the best cocktail bars the US has to offer. Each with their own unique style and drinks, these are our favourite cocktail bars in the Big Apple you should check out if you’re heading to New York anytime soon…
Opened by Kenta Goto in 2015, Bar Goto is a quirky contemporary izakaya with a Japanese spin. Goto has introduced a range of eye-opening cocktails that feature a variety of unique Japanese flavours and tastes. Despite being a small space, it also happens to serve fantastic Japanese comfort bar food including okonomiyaki and miso chicken wings.
The Dead Rabbit
This funky Financial District bar from Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon has been winning international bar and cocktail awards for years. It’s similar to an Irish pub, but with that typical all-American fun. The Dead Rabbit attracts tourists from all over the world, with its homemade punch, seasonal cocktails, and famous boilermaker beverage – it’s no wonder why so many passerby’s find themselves popping in for a tipple.
Two veterans of the Milk & Honey bar, Michael Mcllroy and Sam Ross opened Attaboy in its original place. The bar maintains the practice of making classic, bespoke cocktails that are mixed up in this industrial-style pub. Its intimate vibe and dimmed lighting provides customers with a chilled atmosphere perfect for the beginning or end of a night out; this also happens to be the best time to easily grab yourself a table.
Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon were successful a second time when they opened the BlackTail bar in Battery Park City. Its post-Cuba interior and exotic theme provides guests with a Caribbean-esque night out. And when it comes to drinks, BlackTail doesn’t come up short; its 50-page drinks menu might seem a little intimidating at first, but it’s broken up into manageable sections including sours, highballs, and cocktails. Nacional is their most popular drink due to its tasty Cuban vibes. And if hunger strikes, you can order yourself some delicious Cuban fries.
This playful cocktail bar, with dimmed lighting and a speakeasy vibe is serving up some of the best punches and highballs in New York. Last summer, it moved a few blocks down on Rivington and revealed its larger venue and more accessible entrance. A range of innovative drinks are available, and as the name suggests, nightcaps are included for when you feel like sipping on something a little stronger. If you visit during the summer, you can treat yourself to one of their iconic slushies or a fruity punch bowl to share.