The Travelling Cocktail Drinker: The Best Bars in New York

The Big Apple is famous for its cocktails, regularly battling it out with London to be known as the premier destination for cocktail enthusiasts. You can’t visit New York without making a trip to one of these popular bars – the great American experience isn’t complete without them!

The Dead Rabbit, 30 Water Street

A bar oozing Irish charm in the heart of Manhattan, The Dead Rabbit was the proud owner of the title World’s Best Bar in both 2015 and 2016. It may have dropped to number 16 on the list in 2018, but it is still a winner in our eyes and definitely worth a visit! The ground floor bar exudes typical Irishness, with craft beers, wines and an impressive array of whiskeys. For cocktails, you’d be happier in the upstairs bar, where there are over 30 beverage combinations to tickle your taste buds.

Nomad Hotel, 10 West 28th Street

As American a bar as you will find in New York, the Nomad bar focuses on classic USA cocktails. Composed of three elegant bars, including the Elephant bar, the Library and a dance area, you can sample any of the cocktails wherever you choose to take your seat and enjoy perfectly produced drinks made up of ingredients that will take them to the next level.

Dante, 79-81 MacDougal Street

An official landmark in New York city, Dante is an old bar turned new. The Italian vibe is a nod to its roots, as when it was first opened back in 1915, the neighborhood was made up of mostly Italian families and so the bar was the perfect place for them to meet. With a food menu made up of Italian dishes and an impressive cocktail menu that comprises classics as well as negroni-based drinks, spritzes and mocktails, this is an essential cocktail stop.

Attaboy, 134 Eldridge Street

Owned by the original managers at the iconic Milk & Honey bar, Attaboy is quite the cocktail experience. There is no menu – instead of choosing your own drink, the bartender will choose for you, basing their bespoke selection on your answers to a series of questions. Sometimes it will be a perfectly shaken classic, other times it will be superstar you have never even heard of. Either way, we think you’ll love it.

Employees Only, 510 Hudson Street

With a resident clairvoyant in the corner and super-speedy cocktails served by very smartly dressed servers, Employees Only is certainly not your everyday bar. Food is simple but delicious and cocktails take a similarly measured approach. A speakeasy-style establishment that embraces its kooky atmosphere, don’t pass up the opportunity to taste one of their cocktails!

The city where anything can happen, New York is a great destination for those that love a classic cocktail and an award-winning bar!

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Suzanna H
Hi, I am Suzanna. I would describe myself as a bit of a foodie with a side-interest in fancy cocktails. Anything sweet and alcoholic and I'm in! I am also an avid writer, proofreader and editor and work freelance through the website People per Hour.


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