City Guides

Happy Hour

Toast the summer season this weekend with a first-class mixed drink from these iconic New York hangouts. For those entertaining on the beach or poolside, mix up these New York bars’ signature drinks for your guests. Cheers!

Raines Law Room 48 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011

An underground speakeasy in Chelsea, Raines Law Room takes you back in time to the ‘20s Prohibition era. Get cozy on velvet couches behind black curtains and buzz your waiter when you need another drink. With an extensive menu that covers classic cocktails, like the Manhattan, to variations thereof, like the Pioneer Spirit, you’ll be tempted to try them all. Test out this recipe for the Pioneer Spirit, below:

Death and Company 433 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10009

Don’t let the name alarm you – this glamorously dark bar serves up craft cocktails that will surely wake up your taste buds. What started at Death and Company has become a favorite across the city and country: the Oaxaca Old-Fashioned is a spin on the classic drink that uses tequila, mescal, and agave nectar. Test your bartending skills with the recipe here:

21 Club 21 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 10019

Come to this infamous speakeasy-turned-restaurant for a glamorous old-school American dining experience and their signature Southside cocktail. The refreshing combination of gin, lime juice, mint, and sugar make this the perfect light summer drink. Make your own version at home with this recipe:

Blue Smoke 116 E. 27th St., New York, NY 10016

Known as “summer in a glass,” Blue Smoke’s Porch Swing cocktail is an award-winning drink that is also just as good during fall, winter, or spring. Enjoy this drink alongside some of the best barbecue you can get in Manhattan. To make this drink at your own barbecue, follow this simple recipe:

 

ACME Downstairs 9 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012

Head downstairs from ACME restaurant for a hip and elegant cocktail bar in NoHo. While sipping on one of their house cocktails and snacking on small plates, from Danish chef Mads Refslund, unwind to the sounds of a live jazz trio on Thursdays and Fridays. Make the Jack Rose into your own house cocktail with this recipe:

 

PDT 113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Named the best bar in the world by Drinks International World, PDT is NYC’s most secretive speakeasy from renowned owner and mixologist, Jim Meehan. Upon entering the saloon behind an old phone booth inside Crif Dogs, enjoy one-of-a-kind drink creations from Jeff Bell, 2013 Bartender of the Year, and haute dogs from next door. Reservations are necessary, but with a signature drink like bacon-infused bourbon sweetened with maple syrup, the effort will be worthwhile. If you can’t make a trip to NYC, then impress your friends with this cocktail recipe from Bell: