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NYC’s Hottest New Cocktail Bars, June 2022

A New Orleans-themed spot from the team behind NYC’s most popular boat bars and a sleek hotel bar in Gramercy join the list this month

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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 last two years: Takeout cocktails made a brief, but beautiful, appearance at the outset of the pandemic before making a semi-permanent comeback, which is welcome news for New Yorkers. One thing is for sure, though: Everyone seems to be ordering an espresso martini these days. There’s a good chance of finding one of these nostalgic drinks at a spot on this list but there’s many more adult beverages to raise a glass to in 2022. Check out this list of the hottest newly opened cocktail bars right now.

Added to the list in June: Holywater (a New Orleans-slash-nautical themed bar in Tribeca), Wiggle Room (a bi-level space in the East Village with serious cocktails upstairs and a dance floor downstairs), and Bar Calico (a candlelit lounge at the Freehand New York in Gramercy).

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1. Pebble Bar

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67 W 49th St
New York, NY 10112
(646) 669-7847
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A number of high-profile chefs — including JJ Johnson of Fieldtrip and Igancio Mattos of Lodi —have slowly been opening up at Rockefeller Center and helping make the Midtown tourist trap a place New Yorkers actually want to visit. Pebble Bar, which sits in a historic four-story townhouse, is the leading cocktail destination in the area. A team of nightlife veterans, and some celebrity investors, have transformed what was an Irish bar into a seen-and-be-seen spot. The classic cocktails take on names inspired by the location, such as the Martini 1-H named after what NBC, another Rock Center tenant, called the bar: “Studio 1-H.”

A tropical cocktail with crushed ice and mint leaves in a tall glass at Pebble Bar.
The Limelight cocktail at Pebble Bar.
Max Flatow/Pebble Bar

2. Chez Zou

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385 9th Ave Suite 85 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Chez Zou feels like a natural extension of the bustling, wood-fired restaurant Zou Zou’s with its plush velvet seats and tropical plants strewn throughout. The team behind the buzzy Mediterranean restaurant at Manhattan West opened this lounge in the spring to give its cocktails a bigger stage. Beverage director Joey Smith puts twists on classics like a saffron gin martini served with a glass vessel that looks like it could be an art gallery piece. An outdoor terrace is slated to open this month, according to a representative.

A bar with black-and-white tiles and plants throughout with seating scattered about.
Chez Zou is the cocktail bar spinoff of Zou Zou’s at Manhattan West.
Teddy Wolff/Chez Zou

3. Bar Calico

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23 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010

With travel picking up in New York City, hotel bars have made a comeback of sorts — Bemelmans at the Carlyle is busier than ever and a splashy spot to drink now open on Roosevelt Island are just a few examples. The latest one to check out is Bar Calico, located on the second floor at the Freehand New York. In a candlelit space, head bartender Mike Campbell concocts a list of cocktails drawing on an American Southwest theme. A few selections include the Desert Rose (a tequila drink with aloe and agave) and the Gunslinger (a white rum drink adorned with fresh, edible flowers).

A low ball glass with a cocktail garnish of cubed ice, cucumber, and red spices on the side.
The Desert Rose at Bar Calico.
Max Flatow/Bar Calico

4. Martiny’s

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121 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

New Yorkers mourned the recent closing of Angel’s Share original East Village location, but for cocktail enthusiasts, the same exacting standards of a Japanese bar — crystal-clear ice, balanced cocktails, and detail-oriented service — lives on at Martiny’s. Takuma Watanabe, the head bartender at Angel’s Share for eight years, has converted a historic carriage house in Gramercy into his own establishment spanning three floors. Martinis are the specialty at this cozy spot, but Watanabe also has a collection of rare Japanese whiskies and plans to expand the menu of bar bites whether customers sit at the first floor bar or upstairs in a space decorated like a living room.

A low ball glass with a green matcha cocktail.
A matcha cocktail at Martiny’s.
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5. El Pingüino

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25 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 463-9509
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Located on a quiet street just a stone’s throw away from the East River on the edge of Greenpoint, El Pingüino is the type of bar to lounge away a lazy weekend afternoon. Request a shiso-infused Painkiller, a glass of sherry, or can of beer. Then proceed to snack on a few oysters, a cheese plate, or one of the tinned seafood options, like squid in ragout or mussels en escabeche. Another round of drinks may be in order — especially during the daily happy hour that runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saltines, tinned fish, and skewers of pickled vegetables are arranged on a table beside glasses of wine at El Pingüino, a restaurant in Greenpoint.
Cocktails, wines, and sherry pair well with the seafood menu at El Pingüino.
El Pingüino

6. The Nines

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9 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 421-5575
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While restaurateur Jon Neidich — who’s also behind Brooklyn hits like Le Crocodile and Bar Blondeau — considers the Nines more of a supper club, there’s no denying this narrow room draped in corduroy with sweeping curtains gives off strong bar vibes (the popular nightlife spot Acme is underneath it, after all). There’s often live music and the room is great for people watching — many patrons look like they work in fashion and their outfits match the establishment’s name. All the classic cocktails are on the menu, but the food from chef Nicole Gajadhar, a Saxon & Parole alum, is just as luxurious as the space: caviar on a baked potato, gnudi with truffles, and a burger slathered in black garlic.

A table with white plates of food (including baked potatoes, blinis, bagels, and burgers) and cocktails.
A spread of cocktails and food at the Nines.
Liz Clayman/The Nines

7. Temple Bar

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332 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

When it closed on December 31, 2017, Temple Bar was equal parts a downtown destination referred to in some circles as the martini-slinging “downtown Bemelmans,” as much as it was a place that the city’s top bartenders would visit. Nearly four years later, a team of nightlife gurus (including David Rabin, who helped open Sona) and acclaimed bartenders (Michael McIlroy and Sam Ross of the award-winning Attaboy) have revived this Noho space. The same Art Deco-ish touches still remain but the space and menu have been given a makeover. While there are plenty of martinis on the menu, classics like a Negroni sport an eye-catching blue hue instead of the iconic Campari red glow.

A look at a wooden bar and leather stools with black-and-white subway tile floors.
Temple Bar has reopened under new ownership.
Dillon Burke/Front of House

8. Eavesdrop

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674 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

High-end audio equipment and fancy, acoustic paneling set this cocktail bar apart from the many neighborhood bars in this stretch of north Brooklyn. Eavesdrop opened earlier this year, bringing a cocktail lounge and “listening bar” (think: vinyl records and live DJs playing from a custom speaker system) to Greenpoint. The team is going for a laid-back, living room-like atmosphere with light wood walls and a cocktail list that includes spritzes on tap, a white Negroni, and fun drinks like an $8 “shot” made from rum, coffee liqueur, and orange.

A wood paneled room is filled with records and small tables with black barstools.
Inside Eavesdrop, a cocktail and “listening” bar in Greenpoint.
Peter Fisher/Eavesdrop

9. Wiggle Room

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9 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

The upstairs floor at Wiggle Room is where patrons go for riffs on classic cocktails crafted by Will Krepop (an alum of Cote). The Vesper martini, known for its potent mix of gin and vodka, is reborn as the Wiggle Room Martini and gets a touch of cherry blossom. For espresso martini lovers, the Alligator With Hair Curlers includes an infusion of coffee liqueur with vodka, rum, and toasted coconut. It may all lead to a night out as the first floor is set up for dancing and a rotating slate of DJs at this new bar, from the team behind hot spots like Mister Paradise and Pretty Ricky’s.

A highball glass with a fizzy cocktail and several ice cubes on a black-and-white table.
A cocktail from Wiggle Room.
Jenna Murray/Spilled Milk Creative

10. Lullaby

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151 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

Hip hangout Lullaby is the latest cocktail bar to slide into this subterranean Lower East Side spot, which was last occupied by Nitecap, from the acclaimed Death & Co. team. Backed by partners Harrison Snow and Jake Hodas, the bar doesn’t openly nerd out on its cocktails, but rather sells its concoctions under plain names — the Gin Drink, the Rum Drink — mixed in with a few other fun winks, like a boozy version of a Dole Whip made with alcoholic pineapple soft-serve. The “godfather” of Boston’s cocktail scene, Brother Cleve, consulted on the cocktail menu.

A dark interior of a bar with candles on the countertop and round, backless stools lined up against the bar.
Inside Lullaby.
Gabriel Armstrong/Lullaby

11. Holywater

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112 Reade St
New York, NY 10013

Stepping into Holywater is like finding a ship with a New Orleans-themed bar moored in a sea of Tribeca lofts and office buildings. The underground speakeasy vibe mixed with nautical influences — a hanging hammerhead shark, photos of vintage boats, and bronze mermaids — is no surprise given that brothers Alex and Miles Pincus already have a solid reputation for creating floating bars in NYC like Grand Banks and Pilot. From gin to rum, the menu of cocktails riffs on classics popular in New Orleans and NYC. In the kitchen, chefs Kerry Heffernan and Sam Gasner are serving seafood dishes like trout roe tater tots, charbroiled salmon collars, and towers of shellfish.

A orange colored cocktail in a highball glass with garnishes of mint, orange wedges, and a cherry with a metal straw sticking out. The cocktail is set on a wooden table with a book, two votives, and a candle in the background.
The Mezcal Hurricane at Holywater.
Holywater

12. Common Mollies

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46 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

One of Williamsburg’s newest places to drink comes from the owners behind Minnows in Greenpoint and the neighboring bar Harefield Road just a few blocks away. This laid back spot is filled with whimsical wallpaper, lots of framed artwork, and lime-green booths — the perfect backdrop for ordering the Frozen Grasshopper, a boozy adult milkshake of sorts with a refreshing hit of mint.

13. Overstory

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70 Pine Street Ground Floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 517-1932
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Saga opened to much fanfare last year on the 63rd floor of the same building as its sister restaurant Crown Shy. For diners able to nab a difficult-to-get dinner reservation, the evening kicks off with a cocktail. But for some of the same glam at a fraction of the price, head to the upstairs cocktail bar with views of downtown Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, and New Yorkers dining on a pricey tasting menu below. The cocktails come from beverage director Harrison Ginsberg, who also handles the drinks at the team’s other restaurants. At $24 apiece, be warned that part of what you’re paying for is the view.

A cocktail in an angled glass rests on a brass countertop with an engraved piece of ice and a brown honeycomb
Overstory’s cocktails can be enjoyed with sweeping views of the NYC skyline.
Overstory

14. Oddly Enough

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397 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(929) 385-4920
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Oddly Enough, a brand-new cocktail bar in Bed-Stuy, arrives at a time when queer spaces, and lesbian bars in particular, are sorely needed. Operators Laura Poladsky, a former employee at Eugene & Co., which formerly operated out of the space, and Caitlin Frame are going for a vibe that’s “fun, sexy, and warmly welcoming.” Here, that means booth seating, plates of tinned fish, and a cocktail list with drinks with names like Earth Baby and New Moon in Leo.

15. All Night Skate

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54 Rockaway Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11233
(347) 240-6263
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Though there is no actual skating rink at this nostalgic, bi-level bar, All Night Skate pays homage to roller rinks of yesteryear through its Saved by the Bell-esque decor filled with skates and concession stand signs. One of the most fun bars to have opened during the pandemic, All Night Skate makes for an ideal spot to gather friends for birthdays or other celebrations, while sipping on one of its many playful cocktails, such as the mezcal and triple sec-based “Poppin’ Off” with a Pop Rocks rim.

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1. Pebble Bar

67 W 49th St, New York, NY 10112
A tropical cocktail with crushed ice and mint leaves in a tall glass at Pebble Bar.
The Limelight cocktail at Pebble Bar.
Max Flatow/Pebble Bar

A number of high-profile chefs — including JJ Johnson of Fieldtrip and Igancio Mattos of Lodi —have slowly been opening up at Rockefeller Center and helping make the Midtown tourist trap a place New Yorkers actually want to visit. Pebble Bar, which sits in a historic four-story townhouse, is the leading cocktail destination in the area. A team of nightlife veterans, and some celebrity investors, have transformed what was an Irish bar into a seen-and-be-seen spot. The classic cocktails take on names inspired by the location, such as the Martini 1-H named after what NBC, another Rock Center tenant, called the bar: “Studio 1-H.”

67 W 49th St
New York, NY 10112

2. Chez Zou

385 9th Ave Suite 85 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001
A bar with black-and-white tiles and plants throughout with seating scattered about.
Chez Zou is the cocktail bar spinoff of Zou Zou’s at Manhattan West.
Teddy Wolff/Chez Zou

Chez Zou feels like a natural extension of the bustling, wood-fired restaurant Zou Zou’s with its plush velvet seats and tropical plants strewn throughout. The team behind the buzzy Mediterranean restaurant at Manhattan West opened this lounge in the spring to give its cocktails a bigger stage. Beverage director Joey Smith puts twists on classics like a saffron gin martini served with a glass vessel that looks like it could be an art gallery piece. An outdoor terrace is slated to open this month, according to a representative.

385 9th Ave Suite 85 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001

3. Bar Calico

23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
A low ball glass with a cocktail garnish of cubed ice, cucumber, and red spices on the side.
The Desert Rose at Bar Calico.
Max Flatow/Bar Calico

With travel picking up in New York City, hotel bars have made a comeback of sorts — Bemelmans at the Carlyle is busier than ever and a splashy spot to drink now open on Roosevelt Island are just a few examples. The latest one to check out is Bar Calico, located on the second floor at the Freehand New York. In a candlelit space, head bartender Mike Campbell concocts a list of cocktails drawing on an American Southwest theme. A few selections include the Desert Rose (a tequila drink with aloe and agave) and the Gunslinger (a white rum drink adorned with fresh, edible flowers).

23 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010

4. Martiny’s

121 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
A low ball glass with a green matcha cocktail.
A matcha cocktail at Martiny’s.
Melanie Landsman/Eater NY

New Yorkers mourned the recent closing of Angel’s Share original East Village location, but for cocktail enthusiasts, the same exacting standards of a Japanese bar — crystal-clear ice, balanced cocktails, and detail-oriented service — lives on at Martiny’s. Takuma Watanabe, the head bartender at Angel’s Share for eight years, has converted a historic carriage house in Gramercy into his own establishment spanning three floors. Martinis are the specialty at this cozy spot, but Watanabe also has a collection of rare Japanese whiskies and plans to expand the menu of bar bites whether customers sit at the first floor bar or upstairs in a space decorated like a living room.

121 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

5. El Pingüino

25 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Saltines, tinned fish, and skewers of pickled vegetables are arranged on a table beside glasses of wine at El Pingüino, a restaurant in Greenpoint.
Cocktails, wines, and sherry pair well with the seafood menu at El Pingüino.
El Pingüino

Located on a quiet street just a stone’s throw away from the East River on the edge of Greenpoint, El Pingüino is the type of bar to lounge away a lazy weekend afternoon. Request a shiso-infused Painkiller, a glass of sherry, or can of beer. Then proceed to snack on a few oysters, a cheese plate, or one of the tinned seafood options, like squid in ragout or mussels en escabeche. Another round of drinks may be in order — especially during the daily happy hour that runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

25 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

6. The Nines

9 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
A table with white plates of food (including baked potatoes, blinis, bagels, and burgers) and cocktails.
A spread of cocktails and food at the Nines.
Liz Clayman/The Nines

While restaurateur Jon Neidich — who’s also behind Brooklyn hits like Le Crocodile and Bar Blondeau — considers the Nines more of a supper club, there’s no denying this narrow room draped in corduroy with sweeping curtains gives off strong bar vibes (the popular nightlife spot Acme is underneath it, after all). There’s often live music and the room is great for people watching — many patrons look like they work in fashion and their outfits match the establishment’s name. All the classic cocktails are on the menu, but the food from chef Nicole Gajadhar, a Saxon & Parole alum, is just as luxurious as the space: caviar on a baked potato, gnudi with truffles, and a burger slathered in black garlic.

9 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012

7. Temple Bar

332 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
A look at a wooden bar and leather stools with black-and-white subway tile floors.
Temple Bar has reopened under new ownership.
Dillon Burke/Front of House

When it closed on December 31, 2017, Temple Bar was equal parts a downtown destination referred to in some circles as the martini-slinging “downtown Bemelmans,” as much as it was a place that the city’s top bartenders would visit. Nearly four years later, a team of nightlife gurus (including David Rabin, who helped open Sona) and acclaimed bartenders (Michael McIlroy and Sam Ross of the award-winning Attaboy) have revived this Noho space. The same Art Deco-ish touches still remain but the space and menu have been given a makeover. While there are plenty of martinis on the menu, classics like a Negroni sport an eye-catching blue hue instead of the iconic Campari red glow.

332 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

8. Eavesdrop

674 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
A wood paneled room is filled with records and small tables with black barstools.
Inside Eavesdrop, a cocktail and “listening” bar in Greenpoint.
Peter Fisher/Eavesdrop

High-end audio equipment and fancy, acoustic paneling set this cocktail bar apart from the many neighborhood bars in this stretch of north Brooklyn. Eavesdrop opened earlier this year, bringing a cocktail lounge and “listening bar” (think: vinyl records and live DJs playing from a custom speaker system) to Greenpoint. The team is going for a laid-back, living room-like atmosphere with light wood walls and a cocktail list that includes spritzes on tap, a white Negroni, and fun drinks like an $8 “shot” made from rum, coffee liqueur, and orange.

674 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

9. Wiggle Room

9 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
A highball glass with a fizzy cocktail and several ice cubes on a black-and-white table.
A cocktail from Wiggle Room.
Jenna Murray/Spilled Milk Creative

The upstairs floor at Wiggle Room is where patrons go for riffs on classic cocktails crafted by Will Krepop (an alum of Cote). The Vesper martini, known for its potent mix of gin and vodka, is reborn as the Wiggle Room Martini and gets a touch of cherry blossom. For espresso martini lovers, the Alligator With Hair Curlers includes an infusion of coffee liqueur with vodka, rum, and toasted coconut. It may all lead to a night out as the first floor is set up for dancing and a rotating slate of DJs at this new bar, from the team behind hot spots like Mister Paradise and Pretty Ricky’s.

9 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

10. Lullaby

151 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
A dark interior of a bar with candles on the countertop and round, backless stools lined up against the bar.
Inside Lullaby.
Gabriel Armstrong/Lullaby

Hip hangout Lullaby is the latest cocktail bar to slide into this subterranean Lower East Side spot, which was last occupied by Nitecap, from the acclaimed Death & Co. team. Backed by partners Harrison Snow and Jake Hodas, the bar doesn’t openly nerd out on its cocktails, but rather sells its concoctions under plain names — the Gin Drink, the Rum Drink — mixed in with a few other fun winks, like a boozy version of a Dole Whip made with alcoholic pineapple soft-serve. The “godfather” of Boston’s cocktail scene, Brother Cleve, consulted on the cocktail menu.

151 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

11. Holywater

112 Reade St, New York, NY 10013
A orange colored cocktail in a highball glass with garnishes of mint, orange wedges, and a cherry with a metal straw sticking out. The cocktail is set on a wooden table with a book, two votives, and a candle in the background.
The Mezcal Hurricane at Holywater.
Holywater

Stepping into Holywater is like finding a ship with a New Orleans-themed bar moored in a sea of Tribeca lofts and office buildings. The underground speakeasy vibe mixed with nautical influences — a hanging hammerhead shark, photos of vintage boats, and bronze mermaids — is no surprise given that brothers Alex and Miles Pincus already have a solid reputation for creating floating bars in NYC like Grand Banks and Pilot. From gin to rum, the menu of cocktails riffs on classics popular in New Orleans and NYC. In the kitchen, chefs Kerry Heffernan and Sam Gasner are serving seafood dishes like trout roe tater tots, charbroiled salmon collars, and towers of shellfish.

112 Reade St
New York, NY 10013

12. Common Mollies

46 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

One of Williamsburg’s newest places to drink comes from the owners behind Minnows in Greenpoint and the neighboring bar Harefield Road just a few blocks away. This laid back spot is filled with whimsical wallpaper, lots of framed artwork, and lime-green booths — the perfect backdrop for ordering the Frozen Grasshopper, a boozy adult milkshake of sorts with a refreshing hit of mint.

46 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

13. Overstory

70 Pine Street Ground Floor, New York, NY 10005
A cocktail in an angled glass rests on a brass countertop with an engraved piece of ice and a brown honeycomb
Overstory’s cocktails can be enjoyed with sweeping views of the NYC skyline.
Overstory

Saga opened to much fanfare last year on the 63rd floor of the same building as its sister restaurant Crown Shy. For diners able to nab a difficult-to-get dinner reservation, the evening kicks off with a cocktail. But for some of the same glam at a fraction of the price, head to the upstairs cocktail bar with views of downtown Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, and New Yorkers dining on a pricey tasting menu below. The cocktails come from beverage director Harrison Ginsberg, who also handles the drinks at the team’s other restaurants. At $24 apiece, be warned that part of what you’re paying for is the view.

70 Pine Street Ground Floor
New York, NY 10005

14. Oddly Enough

397 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Oddly Enough, a brand-new cocktail bar in Bed-Stuy, arrives at a time when queer spaces, and lesbian bars in particular, are sorely needed. Operators Laura Poladsky, a former employee at Eugene & Co., which formerly operated out of the space, and Caitlin Frame are going for a vibe that’s “fun, sexy, and warmly welcoming.” Here, that means booth seating, plates of tinned fish, and a cocktail list with drinks with names like Earth Baby and New Moon in Leo.

397 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

15. All Night Skate

54 Rockaway Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Though there is no actual skating rink at this nostalgic, bi-level bar, All Night Skate pays homage to roller rinks of yesteryear through its Saved by the Bell-esque decor filled with skates and concession stand signs. One of the most fun bars to have opened during the pandemic, All Night Skate makes for an ideal spot to gather friends for birthdays or other celebrations, while sipping on one of its many playful cocktails, such as the mezcal and triple sec-based “Poppin’ Off” with a Pop Rocks rim.

54 Rockaway Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11233

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