Welcome to the Cocktail Heatmap, a guide to the hottest drinking dens of the moment across New York City. It’s worth noting that a lot has changed in the past year. Takeout cocktails made a brief, but beautiful, appearance in New York City, and neighborhood bars added, then jettisoned, Cuomo chips from their menus to keep pace with shifting guidelines. As more establishments across the city inch back toward “normal,” check out this list of the hottest newly opened cocktail bars right now.
Added to the list in September: Bandits (a rowdy, 1970s-themed bar in the West Village); Great Jones Distilling Co. (the first legal whiskey distillery to open in Manhattan since Prohibition); Philomena’s (a bar with a fancy ice program); and Overstory (a sky-high lounge 63 floors above Crown Shy).
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More