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The 23 Essential New York City Bars: Late Winter 2018
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The 23 Essential New York City Bars: Late Winter 2018

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1.  Amor y Amargo

This little East Village bitters bar celebrated its fifth anniversary in spring 2016, and it’s still often standing room only and…
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2.  Angel’s Share

This bar, secreted away on the second floor of a Japanese restaurant, is legendary as a cradle of the modern cocktail…
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3.  Attaboy

This Lower East Side spot originally housed Milk & Honey. When that bar closed, Attaboy opened in the same space, run…
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4.  Bar Goto

It’s not often a bar reaches icon status on opening day. With Pegu Club alum Kenta Goto behind something as immaculately…
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5.  BEMELMANS BAR

New York is lucky enough to have a wide variety of historic bars, literary bars and classic hotel bars. Bemelmans is…
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6.  Clover Club

If you’re going to hit only one cocktail bar in Brooklyn (though it’s hard to imagine why anyone would do that,…
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7.  Dante

This iconic century-old Greenwich Village space was renovated instead of demolished, and refreshed with a new menu of Italian-inflected eats and…
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8.  The Dead Rabbit

The only cocktail bar worth schlepping down to the Financial District for is run by Irishmen Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon.…
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9.  Death & Co

This dimly lit East Village spot is ground zero for speakeasy chic: Think bartenders in bowties and suspenders and sophisticated cocktails…
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10.  Dutch Kills

It’s worth the trek to Long Island City to indulge in drinks at this pioneering bar. Dutch Kills was one of…
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11.  Employees Only

This neo-speakeasy, open since 2004 and featured in the film Hey Bartender, is a craft-cocktail haven offering serious drinks. But it…
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12.  Fine & Rare

There are many spots in New York to grab an unusual or expensive bottle of whiskey. But there are few with…
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13.  Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Before it shuttered a few years back, Holiday Cocktail Lounge was an East Village fixture. Now the bar, a one-time haunt…
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14.  Jupiter Disco

When you open the nondescript industrial door to this new Bushwick spot from alums of Maison Premiere and The Franklin Mortgage…
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15.  Leyenda

This pan-Latin cove from the Clover Club team feels as if you’ve stumbled on a local ex-pat hideaway somewhere deep in…
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16.  The Long Island Bar

This Cobble Hill spot features a painstakingly restored Art Deco bar and a relaxed, genial vibe. What was once a haunt…
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17.  Mace

Some bars focus on a specific spirit to set themselves apart. At this narrow space, the emphasis is on herbs and…
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18.  McSorley's Old Ale House

It’s not a cocktail bar, so just order a beer. The sawdust on the floor and old-school bartenders exude an Irish…
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19.  The NoMad Bar

This upscale but not overly fancy hotel bar, under the auspices of Leo Robitschek, anchors the burgeoning Nomad hood. The Elephant…
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20.  PDT

Since 2007, Please Don’t Tell has been one of New York’s most iconic bars and worst-kept secrets, with a speakeasy-style secret…
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21.  Pegu Club

Under the founding watch of proprietor Audrey Saunders, this Soho bar, named for a storied, late-19th-century British officers club in Burma,…
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22.  THE RUM HOUSE

Sure, your idea of a great night likely doesn’t include being anywhere near Times Square. but The Rum House is not…
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23.  21 Club

Since its inception as a Prohibition-era speakeasy in 1930, this swanky joint has served classic cocktails to celebrities and captains of…
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