Luxury Attaché Top 5 Mixology Bars in NYC

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There’s certainly no shortage of creative craft cocktails in New York City. Check out our roundup of Manhattan mixology destinations, served neat.

1 Little Branch

Nothing says speakeasy like a hidden subterranean piano bar on Seventh Avenue South. Think mustard walls with corrugated steel accents, the occasional jazz trio, and bespoke cocktails tailored to sippers' tastes. Cozy up to a booth and enjoy the surroundings or linger at the bar for a true lesson in libations; either way, any trip to Little Branch is a surefire crowd pleaser.
20 Seventh Avenue South at Leroy Street

2 Employees Only

This art-deco speakeasy, located in the heart of West Village, is reminiscent of the 1920’s down to every detail. With a backlit bar and old-world touches left and right, from terraced lighting and overhead luggage racks to a steel-encased fireplace, the dining room elicits a “railroad-chic” feel that pays homage to the cocktail dens of yesteryear. The gang that brought this establishment to life - Igor Hadzismajlovic, Jason Kosmas, Bill Gilroy, Dushan Zaric and Henry LaFargue - is seriously committed to both traditional and new-age techniques. EO's bartenders can be found mixing up anything from a classic Pisco sours to more inventive house concoctions, like our personal favorite: the Provençal, a bright, refreshing concoction made with lavender-infused Plymouth Gin, best when paired with oysters on the half shell.
510 Hudson Street between Christopher and West 10th Streets

3 Apotheke

Craving a stiff drink in an old-school apothecary? Look no further. This cleverly hidden speakeasy is arguably one of New York's finest, and most definitely not for the faint of heart. Apotheke is truly one of a kind with its "opium den" feel 30-foot bar made from imported Carrara marble flanked by red velvetine couches - lest we forget the hundreds of antique medicine bottles that were collected from all over the world, displayed proudly behind the bar and aptly filled with house-made spirits and liqueurs. Mixology masters Nicolas O’Connor, Chris Marshall, and Eleuterio Carrillo can be found in lab coats serving up cocktails to the likes of Manhattan’s most elite.
9 Doyers Street #1

4 Experimental Cocktail Club

Touting a menu consistently updated by the most renowned mixologists in the world, ECC’s cocktails are eccentric and unique. Originally a French establishment (there are now seven in Paris, two in London and one in Spain,) the American outpost attracts a largely international following along with anyone in New York City seeking a glam feel and convivial atmosphere. Be sure to try the “Stockholm Syndrome,” a curiously refreshing dill-infused vodka concoction served in a small medicine bottle, and take a moment to make friends with the bartenders on duty: they might just share the insider scoop on their latest “experiments.”
191 Chrystie Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets

5 PDT

PDT, short for “please don’t tell,” is as exclusive as they come. Accessed from a phone booth inside an East Village hot dog joint, this speakeasy is a NYC mainstay for Manhattanites with a taste for true mixology. Taxidermy adorns brick-laden walls illuminated by candles and the occasional dim chandelier, complete with hot dogs served through a tiny window behind the bar: the ultimate cozy cocktail-and-hot-dog experience. Try the Benton’s Old Fashioned, a smoky house favorite made with bacon-infused Bourbon, paired with the renowned “Chang dog”, a bacon-wrapped frank with signature kimchi by the father of the Momofuku empire himself.
113 Saint Marks Place at First Avenue
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