Best Places to drink in New York

The 18th Room

Bathtub Gin

Edition Hotel

Baccarat Hotel Lounge

Apotheke

Employees Only

60 Thompson Upstairs

Boom Boom Room

Goldbar

Beekman Hotel Lobby Bar

Rose Bar

Jimmy's Upstairs

Macao Trading Company

The 18th Room

Named in honor of the 18th Amendment to ban alcohol sales and consumption during the 1920s in the United States, a period known as the "Prohibition Era" - The 18th Room, sister to the infamous Bathtub Gin next door, stacks up well in the much-respected NYC-speakeasy scene. Beyond the gorgeously crafted drink list (by design and taste), the bar/restaurant concept offers delicious full dinner menu that runs from regular dining hours deep into the lateness of the night. Make sure to try their version of a drink "amuse bouche" - delicious sangria-like wine starter and definitely order the hanger steak. The 18th Room is a new comer and definitely here to stay - I know where I'll be spending my late nights from now on for sure!

Bathtub Gin

On a busy Chelsea avenue sits a mysteriously late-night busy coffee shop by the name of Stone Street Coffee Company. Can't miss the spot as the commotion outside reminds one more of a hard to get into NYC-nightclub, and if you find yourself thinking as such, you won't be wrong. Behind the secret door in the back of the (fully-operational and thoroughly delicious) coffee shop lies the bar of bars - Bathtub Gin. Here you'll find prohibition-proper cocktails, mixology geniuses, and bites to boot! Open late-night the busy NYC hot spot is definitely not to be missed, by a local or a cool visitor to our great city.

Edition Hotel

Great drinks escape for any night of the week in the flatiron area. Great DJ, atmosphere, and lobby smells divine. Design and service are also superb. Try their Clocktower restaurant on the second floor.

Baccarat Hotel Lounge

Beautiful midtown gem is reserved exclusively for fabulous encounters only. Wear your best shoes and cologne - you may meet that someone special (or three).

Apotheke

Been a drug store lately? A Chinese medicine man? How about a secret Chinese prescription bar to drown your sorrows? This devilishly hidden apothecary-styled bar tucked away on a curvy Chinatown street will definitely keep you medicated enough to avoid an unnecessary trip to the druggist. Go on a Wednesday and brush up on your Prohibition Era knowledge to decipher the password through doorman’s possibly helpful hints. Jazz and French 75s galore.

Employees Only

A West Village classic for the ages. Curvy bar and ultra-strong drinks will get you feeling naughty in this surprisingly loose and always fun neighborhood bar. Winner of Best Bar in the World many years in sequence and winner of best cocktail in Manhattan (try Amelia!). This spot employees bartenders for generations, sporting very honorable tattoos in shape of the establishment’s logo. Employees Only indeed. Regulars are regular. Food is to die (Bone Marrow poppers!).

60 Thompson Upstairs

Uniquely quiet and elegant rooftop is like a sanctuary of peace in a city of war. Go on a hot summer sunset or evening and enjoy the chill house and comfy chairs.

Boom Boom Room

A staple of NYC bar scene for years - officially named Top of the Standard (but not for us locals or should I say globals…). Immerse yourself into a scene of 50s New York with drink names inspired by aviation and outer space. Gorgeous views, stunning waiters, and plush seats - what could be better?

Goldbar

Skulls on walls? Anytime, just make ‘em gold. This Mulberry classic has had much to blame for the recent NYC nightlife history. Go and don’t feel guilty.

Beekman Hotel Lobby Bar

In the hotel of the year, this lobby bar takes jazz, service, and chilling seriously. Not a club, not a bar, but an institution of elegance and decadence in the extravagant renaissance revival chic style.

Rose Bar

An NYC classic known for it’s tough door and elegant look - Rose Bar is a definite stop (if not a daily one) on a @gloablewnyorker route.

Jimmy's Upstairs

Sunday sunset sessions in Ibiza just got their ass kicked by this Sunday post-brunch phenomenon. Come fed because you’ll do drinking, serious drinking with serious sunset.

Macao Trading Company

From the amazing owners of EO, Macao brings you a touch of Hong Kong, a touch of Macao, a touch of NY, and a whole load of drunken fun. The restaurant upstairs does a wonderful Asian menu and the secret downstairs club (only open Fridays & Saturdays) is all the rage.

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