WHY HERE: A veteran of Manhattan’s speakeasy boom, Bathtub Gin is hidden behind an unmarked door of an actual coffee counter in Chelsea. Make it past the friendly bouncer (waits are generally short except on weekends), and the sultry appeal of the place is clear. Pressed tin ceilings, silk couches, an actual brass clawfoot tub and Prohibition-style cocktails await.
WHY NOW: The gin lover’s haven offers carefully crafted G&Ts, classic Martinis and house recipes featuring fresh juices and infusions. The bar’s whiskey collection is equally formidable.