Welcome to the Cocktail Heatmap, a guide to the hottest drinking dens of the moment across New York City. It’s worth nothing that a lot has changed in the past year as Eater New York put this map on pause. Takeout cocktails became legal in NYC for the time ever even as most bars kept their indoor spaces closed for the part better part of 2020 because of various pandemic restrictions — and it wasn’t until just weeks ago that anyone could even sit at an actual bar. As more establishments across the boroughs continue to reopen, however, check out this list for Eater’s guide to New York’s top cocktail bars.
Among the bars added to the list in June: La Noxe (perhaps the most notable for its location inside a subway station), The Bar at Veranda (for craft cocktails in a sleek space), and Bar Meridian (a low-key neighborhood spot in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn).
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