Now, obviously, we know that given the choice you would always choose to drink at Revolution. But we haven’t got round to opening our NYC bar just yet, so we thought that we’d give you a guide on where to go should you find yourself thirsty in The Big Apple.
Be warned though, sinking a bunch of Cosmopolitans and then pretending to be Carrie Bradshaw does NOT go down well with the locals. Trust us.
The Press Lounge
With a 360-degree view of the city, minimalist styling and 70ft reflecting pool it is safe to say that The Press Lounge is one impressive watering hole. Situated atop the uber-cool ink48 Hotel, this is a place dripping with the glitz and glamour that you would expect in downtown Manhattan. So don’t turn up in ripped jeans and flip flops.
The Cocktail: It might be pricey but the Newport Journal is to die for.
The Dead Rabbit
Named after the infamous Irish gang (Gangs of New York, anyone?), The Dead Rabbit has quickly established itself as one of NYCs essential cocktail bars. Masterminded by Belfast natives Sean Moldoon and Jack McGarry, the drinks menu is both extensive and beautifully curated.
The cocktail: Try the Tammany Stalwart, it will blow your socks off.
One of NYC’s best kept secrets, the incredibly plush Lantern’s Keep is all about mixing innovation with tradition, whether in the drinks or the decor. Despite being located in midtown, the bar has a real downtown chic and the bartenders are at the absolute top of their game. The perfect post-Broadway hangout.
The Cocktail: If you like gin go for The Gershwin. If you don’t, then why are you even here?
Sat right next to the Queensboro Bridge complete with Manhattan backdrop, the view from Penthouse 808 is nothing short of breathtaking. It’s a chilled-out affair during the day, with the party vibes getting dialled up as the sun sets. There’s even a glass roof for when it rains. Bravo, Penthouse 808. Bravo.
The Cocktail: With winter rolling in go for the Cook’s Toddy served warm. Outstanding.
It’s not cheap and it’s ever so slightly intimidating (hello rich people!), but The NoMad is quite simply an NYC experience not to be missed. The Elephant Room is one of most beautifully laid out bars we have ever seen, and The Library has a fireplace imported from a French chateau. IMPORTED FROM A FRENCH CHATEAU.
The Cocktail: Try the North Sea Oil. Much better than it sounds, but equally as dangerous.
With its entrance hidden behind a phone booth and a reservation list longer than Broadway, PDT (short for Please Don’t Tell) is one of the city’s most desirable venues. And its all down to the exquisite cocktails on offer. Just don’t tell everyone, okay?
The Cocktail: Feeling brave? Go for the Sazerac, a potent mix of bourbon and Absinthe. Yikes.
Not off to New York any time soon? Never fear, try out our limited edition Christmas cocktails for size (the taxi fare home will be a bit cheaper too). And while you’re at it, why not get your Christmas party booked in too? Who needs NYC when you’ve got friends, food and awesome drinks?