11 x The Best Cocktail Bars in New York

New York has an epic cocktail scene and these are some of my favorite spots in town for a great night out! These are the 11 best cocktail bars in New York.

best Cocktail Bars in New York

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1. Apotheke is located in a hidden street in Chinatown. It used to be an opium den, but is now a cocktail lounge, inspired by European apothecaries & 1800s Parisian absinthe dens. Over more than 250 cure-all cocktail recipes are prescribed from the bar. You can order for example a ‘Painkiller’,
a ‘Euphoric Enhancer’ or a ‘Rum Opium Uplifter’…how lovely.
Price range cocktails: $14-$16

2. The Library at the Nomad Hotel, is a two level library, connected with an original spiral staircase. Here you can enjoy light fare, fingerfoods & cocktails, while reading a book of choice.
Try the radishes dipped in butter with fleur de sel $8…yumm
Price range cocktails: about $15

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3. Mulberry Project serves custom crafted cocktails in Little Italy. No long menus, just a chalkboard with some ingredients. Tell the bartender, aka mixologist, what flavours you like and your custom creation will be made. How about a Cucumber-Chipotle Whiskey Daiquiri? The interior pays tribute to NY street art.
Price range: all cocktails are $14

4. Boom Boom Room  aka The Top Floor at the Standard Hotel. Not the cheapest place for a night out, but definitely a memorable one!  There are amazing views over the city everywhere, leather sofa’s to get comfortable and jazz music is playing in the background…like you’re in a James Bond movie! Promise me you will visit the private bathrooms..it will be a life-altering experience (it has something to do with glass walls and an amazing view:-)
Price range cocktails: about $20

5. Death&Co. Even though the name is a little on the dark side, Death&Co. is a cocktail institution in the East Village and has won numerous awards. The mixologists are true innovators of flavour.
This place doesn’t take reservations, so there is a good chance you have to wait for a seat.
Price range cocktails: about $14

best Cocktail Bars in New York

The best cocktail bars in New York | highlights and tips

6. PDT. Please Don’t Tell started out as a secret hidden gem, but no good secret is kept for a long time. It is still quite an experience to enter a cocktail bar via a vintage phonebooth in an East Village hot dog joint..Crif Dogs is one of the best places for a hot dog in NY, but we’re talking cocktails now. So make a reservation, pick up the phone & the hostess will show you your table:-)
Take someone with you that doesn’t know what’s about to happen..
Price range cocktails: about $14


7. Pravda. Russian influenced soviet chic cocktailbar Pravda in Soho, serves some of the best infused vodkas in New York. Try a Blueberry Lavender Vodka or the Horseradish Martini with some caviar and your night is complete. A trip to the bathrooms will make you feel like you’re right back in the U.S.S.R.
Price range cocktails: $15, infused vodka $12

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8. Mayahuel is Mexican heaven. This place is specialized in tequila and mezçal (one of the oldest spirits in America). But Mayahuel offers more than that, they won the award for Best Cocktail Bar in the World in 2010, at Tales of the Cocktail. They want visitors to experience their love for Mexico through their drinks, food, design & music. Love it.
Price range cocktails: $14

9. The Dead Rabbit does not sound like anything you would like to have in your cocktail, but The Dead Rabbit has won numerous awards, like The Best American Cocktailbar 2014 at Tales of the Cocktail. That makes you curious doesn’t it? This place is inspired by Old NY & Irish traditions. The upper floor is the cocktail area. They also serve 145 varieties of Irish whiskey. Entirely unpretentious, Irish all the way.
Price range cocktails: $15

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10. Gansevoort Rooftop Bar. Life at the Gansevoort Rooftop Bar is about as Sex & the City as it gets. Sip a cocktail at the 45-foot rooftop pool, with a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city. Make a reservation, dress up and dance the night away on the weekends. Must-Visit.
Price range cocktails: $15


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11. The Rum House is a perfect pre-theater drink place. Centrally located at the heart of Times Square, this 1970’s vintage piano bar at the Edison Hotel, offers 6 different Bloody Mary’s.
It has an Old World ambiance and serves some really delicious cocktails.
The Rum House is specialized in Whiskey & (what a surprise) Rum.
Price range cocktails: $12-$15