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Best Bars in New York

The average bartender in New York is better than the average bartender in every other city I have been to. It is however deeply rooted in serving classics; which is contrary to my own personal preferences, but still the finest drinking in the US can be had here.


1. Death and Company

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: 433 East 6th St., New York, NY - map
Website: http://www.deathandcompany.com

After all these years the cocktails here are as amazing as ever. Their impressive cocktail list is still is just about perfect. Everyone can find something they will love. They also have had a very amiable doorman which more bars need employ. A great drinking experience all around. It has won award after award and they deserve each one. It is still my favorite bar in New York.


Death and Company

2. Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

Type: Medium Volume Bar
Location: 30 Water St, New York, NY 10004 - map
Website: http://www.deadrabbitnyc.com

Located down in the Financial District all by it's lonesome is an amazing bar. Split into the casual downstairs and the more formal upstairs. They have two completely different menus. The upstairs bar is place where this bar really shines. A huge menu of 4 dozen cocktails (perhaps more) in a bound illustrated book. Irish whiskey is there main focus, but there is something for everyone.


Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

3. Raines Law Room

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: 48 West 17th St., New York, NY - map
Website: http://www.raineslawroom.com

Marked with a small framed note by the door. A buzzer press and a door-person lets you know the wait time. The place is sexy and beautiful. My favorite bit is the "bar" which is a remodeled or modeled kitchen. You can wait at the "bar" kitchen island for a seat if there is space. Fantastic cocktails.


Raines Law Room

4. ZZ's Clam Bar

Type: Low Volume Restaurant Bar
Location: 169 Thompson St. New York, NY 10012 - map
Website: http://www.zzsclambar.com

Some of the city's priciest cocktails are well worth it. Many are ornately garnished. All are really very good. This tiny bar is pretty much reservation only so do yourself a favor and call ahead.


ZZ's Clam Bar

5. Booker and Dax

Type: Medium Volume Bar
Location: 207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 - map
Website: http://momofuku.com/new-york/booker-and-dax/

You can tell each cocktail has been refined and honed to the vision they want. That vision is delicious.


Booker and Dax

6. Attaboy

Type: Medium Volume Bar
Location: 134 Eldridge St. New York, NY 10002 - map

This bespoke cocktail bar is run by the renowned Sammy Ross. Here in the old home of Milk and Honey he will make you a drink and it will be glorious.


Attaboy

7. Employee's Only

Type: Medium Volume Restaurant Bar
Location: 510 Hudson St., New York, NY - map
Website: http://www.employeesonlynyc.com

One of the first quality cocktail programs in New York, they are still doing great work. Fun, unpretentious and very good.


Employee's Only

8. Pouring Ribbons

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: 225 Avenue B New York, NY 10009 - map
Website: http://www.pouringribbons.com

Beautifully made, gorgeously garnished cocktails.


Pouring Ribbons

9. Angel's Share

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: 8 Stuyvesant St., New York, NY - map

A speakeasy hidden upstairs in a sushi restaurant; enter and to the left you will find a door that is Angel's Share. This bar features Japanese style bar tending. As obvious as it should be you need to adjust what you are expecting from cocktails. Not better or worse, just different. There are a few other places in New York that do Japanese style bar tending this place does it the best. There is a strict no groups larger than 4 policy.


Angel's Share

10. Clover Club

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: 210 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY - map
Website: http://www.cloverclubny.com

Fantastic drinks and open pretty much all day and night. Pleasant staff. The neighborhood place we all want.


Clover Club

11. Mayahuel

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: 304 East 6th St., New York, NY - map
Website: http://www.mayahuelny.com

This cantina style bar has a cocktail list of drinks made with mezcal/tequila. They also have a great selection of agave spirits with tasting flights available as well.


Mayahuel

12. NoMad

Type: Medium Volume Hotel Bar
Location: 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 - map
Website: http://www.thenomadhotel.com

Well executed cocktails done consistently and skillfully. They do not do anything new, but do what they do very well.


NoMad

13. Experimental Cocktail Club

Type: High Volume Bar
Location: 191 Chrystie St. New York, NY 10002 - map
Website: http://www.experimentalcocktailclubny.com

Interesting and delicious modern cocktails. Particularly good considering the crowd. It's a fun loud bar.


Experimental Cocktail Club

14. Pegu Club

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: 77 West Houston St., New York, NY - map
Website: http://www.peguclub.com

The space is atypical of New York as it is a fairly big. It is has some of the city's finest cocktails. An enjoyable place to be.


Pegu Club

15. Please Don't Tell (PDT)

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: x113 Saint Marks Pl., New York, NY - map
Website: http://www.pdtnyc.com

Another speakeasy done well with a skill and craft that is pitch perfect. Enter through a telephone booth inside of Criff's Hot Dogs next door.


Please Don't Tell (PDT)

16. Little Branch

Type: High Volume Bar
Location: 20 7th Ave. South, New York, NY - map

A small fun bar with great drinks.


Little Branch

17. Wayland

Type: Medium Volume Bar
Location: 700 E 9th St. Manhattan, NY 10009 - map
Website: http://www.thewaylandnyc.com

An ever changing cocktail list always with a few intriguing drinks to try.


Wayland

18. Dram

Type: Medium Volume Bar
Location: 177 South 4th St., Brooklyn, NY - map
Website: http://www.drambar.com

An open air bar that has a concise ever changing cocktail list.


Dram