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The Bar at Veranda inside the ModernHaus hotel in Soho
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NYC’s Hottest Cocktail Bars, June 2021

An NYC favorite returns in a new location and a rooftop bar in Bushwick

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The Bar at Veranda inside the ModernHaus hotel in Soho
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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 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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Noxe

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315 7th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(917) 477-3103
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A true speakeasy is often hidden away and is one of those spots where the guest can get in because they know somebody that knows somebody. None of that air of exclusivity exists for La Noxe, which is located in a subway station at 28th Street in Chelsea, and went viral on TikTok during the pandemic. Even Jimmy Kimmel mentioned it on his show. The waiting list has been impossibly long ever since, but for guests who can nab a reservation, there’s a tightly curated drink menu including skin contact wines and house cocktails ($17).

2. The Lab at Patent Pending

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49 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 689-4002
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Patent Pending feels like a true speakeasy (guests have to go through a coffee shop), but to find the Lab at Patent Pending, it’s even more of an adventure to find the craft cocktail menu. The private area within this Flatiron boite has five bar seats, a banquette for 10, and another lounge for about another dozen guests — a perfect way for those still sticking to their pod.

3. Cubbyhole

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281 W 12th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-9041

One of the few lesbian-owned bars in NYC recently reopened and also introduced a more formal outdoor seating arrangement. This tiny watering hole isn’t known for craft cocktails or esoteric craft brews, but fans of Cubbyhole go here for the fun and inclusive vibe that goes beyond the LGBTQ+ community.

A photo of Cubbyhole in the West Village
Cubbyhole now has outdoor seating
Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner

4. Dante West Village

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551 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 982-8799
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This follow-up from the team behind Dante on MacDougal Street was one of the most anticipated openings during the pandemic. Here, the classic negronis aren’t the focus but instead, the bar delivers on martinis along with its seafood-centric menu. The tables are in high demand here, but for those who can secure a reservation, it’s an idyllic spot in Village for an aperitivo on a sidewalk table.

A blue cocktail martini style
The cocktail menu at Dante’s West Village location is full of martinis
Kathryn Sheldon / Dante West Village [Official]

5. Mace

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35 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011

Nico de Soto’s Mace was a mainstay in the East Village before the pandemic and while it did stay open as a roving pop-up during parts of the past year, the award-winning bar now has a new permanent home in Greenwich Village. Fans of Mace area already flocking to the bar, which has indoor and outdoor seating, for travel-themed menu: a frozen slushie incorporating wasabi and cilantro (a nod to Miami Vice), a black sesame cocktail with roots in Peru, and even an eye-catching ube drink (a popular ingredient in the Philippines).

A purple cocktail
An ube cocktail from Mace
John Shyloski / Mace [Official]

6. Reserve by Amor y Amargo

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95 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

Sother Teague, one of NYC’s most respected drink experts, has gone back to his roots in the kitchen as he also takes on the mantle of executive chef at Reserve by Amor y Amargo. In addition to the stirred cocktails, Teauge is cooking up vegan dishes — think crispy cauliflower bites and smoked, jerk-seasoned king trump mushrooms — for the prix-fixe menu.

Stirred cocktails will be paired with vegan fare at Reserve by Amor y Amargo
Stirred cocktails pair with vegan dishes at Reserve by Amor y Amargo
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7. Pineapple Club

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509 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 697-8600
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The Pineapple Club offers a slice of the tropical getaway that’s been off limits for most people during the past year. Mezcal palomas, pina coladas, and coconut mai tais are just a few of the libations served in this bi-level space filled with pineapple-adorned wallpaper and plants.

An orange cocktail
Tropical drinks are the specialty at Pineapple Club
Alex Staniloff

8. Etérea

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511 E 5th St
New York, NY 10009

Ravi DeRossi continues his East Village tear this tequila and mezcal bar specializing in vegan Mexican cooking. The bar is the latest in a string of East Village openings from the prolific restaurateur, who also unveiled vegan soul food restaurant Cadence during the pandemic.

Cocktail with garnishes
Sother Teague is also behind the cocktails at Etérea
Eric Medsker / Etétea [Official]

9. The Bar at Veranda

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23 Grand St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 201-9117
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Next door to chef George Mendes new restaurant, located inside the ModernHaus hotel, is the Bar at Veranda. This sleek space features a stunning marble-top bar, a terrace, and plenty of plush seats. Johnny Swet created the cocktails, which range from twists on classics like the Charred Shishito Margarita (complete with wasabi syrup and togarashi salt) and a Cross Fit Paloma (which includes a stevia-turmeric syrup). Mendes’s bar snack menu includes vadouvan-spiced popcorn and his signature Portuguese items such as salt cod potato croquettes.

The bar at Veranda
The Bar at Veranda
Matthew Pastula / The Bar at Veranda [Official]

10. Double Chicken Please

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115 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 678-5452
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GN Chan and Faye Chen traveled around the country in a Volkswagen minivan before finally opening their long-awaited Lower East Side bar. It was well worth the wait. Their balanced cocktails are full of unexpected ingredients like coffee butter, tomatoes, winter melon, and a variety of different teas, including oolong and lapsang souchong. The hot honey fried chicken sandwich is also not to be missed.

A lone orange cocktail sits on the counter of a bar, overflowing with ice but not liquid. In the background, a row of taps is visible.
A number of cocktails on tap at Double Chicken Please
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11. Runaway Roof

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321 Starr St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(929) 480-8969
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Outdoor spaces have been the most in-demand feature of bars during the pandemic, so it’s no surprise this Bushwick rooftop has been popular since opening in August. The laidback theme here extends to the fun cocktail menu, which includes favorites like the Mountain Lady, a hibiscus gin and rhubarb concoction topped with mint syrup, lime, tonic, and sprig of rosemary.

12. Sally’s

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151 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

From the hit Bushwick jerk chicken and tropical drink destination Sally’s Roots comes the new-ish Bed-Stuy bar Sally’s. The cozy, corner bar is similarly tropical, and a large number of cocktails here have some combination of rum, pineapple juice, and lime. All the cocktails here are priced at $13 or less, and the food is playful mix of Caribbean and Asian flavors, evident in dishes like the pulled pork steamed buns, the curry crab rangoon, and the curried vegetable bowl.

A tall cocktail made with coffee, milk, and lots of ice stands against a white backdrop Sally Roots [Official]

13. Bar Meridian

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406 Prospect Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 295-0185
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This low-key spot calls itself a “modern corner bar for all of us.” During the day, it’s not unusual to find guests sipping cocktails with their dogs hanging out, and at night, for those choosing to sit indoors, there’s a gently lit room anchored by a horseshoe-shaped bar and vintage jukebox. A solid bar menu, which includes tobiko-topped egg salad served with Ritz crackers and anchovies on milk bread, complements a wine menu full of natty options, craft brews, and cocktails, made to order and served in cans.

14. Oldies

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946 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232

The team behind one of New York City’s oldest and most beloved modern speakeasies, Angel’s Share, has opened a casual Japanese cocktail bar in Sunset Park’s Industry City. Oldies focuses on drinks with freshly squeezed fruit — strawberry, pineapple, yuzu, and persimmon — mixed with whisky and some honey, as well as Japanese highballs made with whisky and carbonated water. Food includes Japanese-style fried chicken and a Japanese egg omelet in the light-filled, 12-seat space with plenty of standing room.

A photo of a bar with green bar seats, a wooden bar counter, and a wooden cabinet in the back that holds all the liquor. Natalie Sarpi/Industry City

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1. La Noxe

315 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001

A true speakeasy is often hidden away and is one of those spots where the guest can get in because they know somebody that knows somebody. None of that air of exclusivity exists for La Noxe, which is located in a subway station at 28th Street in Chelsea, and went viral on TikTok during the pandemic. Even Jimmy Kimmel mentioned it on his show. The waiting list has been impossibly long ever since, but for guests who can nab a reservation, there’s a tightly curated drink menu including skin contact wines and house cocktails ($17).

315 7th Ave
New York, NY 10001

2. The Lab at Patent Pending

49 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

Patent Pending feels like a true speakeasy (guests have to go through a coffee shop), but to find the Lab at Patent Pending, it’s even more of an adventure to find the craft cocktail menu. The private area within this Flatiron boite has five bar seats, a banquette for 10, and another lounge for about another dozen guests — a perfect way for those still sticking to their pod.

49 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001

3. Cubbyhole

281 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
A photo of Cubbyhole in the West Village
Cubbyhole now has outdoor seating
Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner

One of the few lesbian-owned bars in NYC recently reopened and also introduced a more formal outdoor seating arrangement. This tiny watering hole isn’t known for craft cocktails or esoteric craft brews, but fans of Cubbyhole go here for the fun and inclusive vibe that goes beyond the LGBTQ+ community.

281 W 12th St
New York, NY 10014

4. Dante West Village

551 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
A blue cocktail martini style
The cocktail menu at Dante’s West Village location is full of martinis
Kathryn Sheldon / Dante West Village [Official]

This follow-up from the team behind Dante on MacDougal Street was one of the most anticipated openings during the pandemic. Here, the classic negronis aren’t the focus but instead, the bar delivers on martinis along with its seafood-centric menu. The tables are in high demand here, but for those who can secure a reservation, it’s an idyllic spot in Village for an aperitivo on a sidewalk table.

551 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

5. Mace

35 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
A purple cocktail
An ube cocktail from Mace
John Shyloski / Mace [Official]

Nico de Soto’s Mace was a mainstay in the East Village before the pandemic and while it did stay open as a roving pop-up during parts of the past year, the award-winning bar now has a new permanent home in Greenwich Village. Fans of Mace area already flocking to the bar, which has indoor and outdoor seating, for travel-themed menu: a frozen slushie incorporating wasabi and cilantro (a nod to Miami Vice), a black sesame cocktail with roots in Peru, and even an eye-catching ube drink (a popular ingredient in the Philippines).

35 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011

6. Reserve by Amor y Amargo

95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Stirred cocktails will be paired with vegan fare at Reserve by Amor y Amargo
Stirred cocktails pair with vegan dishes at Reserve by Amor y Amargo
Eric Medsker / Reserve by Amor y Amargo [Official]

Sother Teague, one of NYC’s most respected drink experts, has gone back to his roots in the kitchen as he also takes on the mantle of executive chef at Reserve by Amor y Amargo. In addition to the stirred cocktails, Teauge is cooking up vegan dishes — think crispy cauliflower bites and smoked, jerk-seasoned king trump mushrooms — for the prix-fixe menu.

95 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

7. Pineapple Club

509 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
An orange cocktail
Tropical drinks are the specialty at Pineapple Club
Alex Staniloff

The Pineapple Club offers a slice of the tropical getaway that’s been off limits for most people during the past year. Mezcal palomas, pina coladas, and coconut mai tais are just a few of the libations served in this bi-level space filled with pineapple-adorned wallpaper and plants.

509 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009

8. Etérea

511 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009
Cocktail with garnishes
Sother Teague is also behind the cocktails at Etérea
Eric Medsker / Etétea [Official]

Ravi DeRossi continues his East Village tear this tequila and mezcal bar specializing in vegan Mexican cooking. The bar is the latest in a string of East Village openings from the prolific restaurateur, who also unveiled vegan soul food restaurant Cadence during the pandemic.

511 E 5th St
New York, NY 10009

9. The Bar at Veranda

23 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
The bar at Veranda
The Bar at Veranda
Matthew Pastula / The Bar at Veranda [Official]

Next door to chef George Mendes new restaurant, located inside the ModernHaus hotel, is the Bar at Veranda. This sleek space features a stunning marble-top bar, a terrace, and plenty of plush seats. Johnny Swet created the cocktails, which range from twists on classics like the Charred Shishito Margarita (complete with wasabi syrup and togarashi salt) and a Cross Fit Paloma (which includes a stevia-turmeric syrup). Mendes’s bar snack menu includes vadouvan-spiced popcorn and his signature Portuguese items such as salt cod potato croquettes.

23 Grand St
New York, NY 10013

10. Double Chicken Please

115 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
A lone orange cocktail sits on the counter of a bar, overflowing with ice but not liquid. In the background, a row of taps is visible.
A number of cocktails on tap at Double Chicken Please
Sahid Limon/Double Chicken Please

GN Chan and Faye Chen traveled around the country in a Volkswagen minivan before finally opening their long-awaited Lower East Side bar. It was well worth the wait. Their balanced cocktails are full of unexpected ingredients like coffee butter, tomatoes, winter melon, and a variety of different teas, including oolong and lapsang souchong. The hot honey fried chicken sandwich is also not to be missed.

115 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

11. Runaway Roof

321 Starr St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Outdoor spaces have been the most in-demand feature of bars during the pandemic, so it’s no surprise this Bushwick rooftop has been popular since opening in August. The laidback theme here extends to the fun cocktail menu, which includes favorites like the Mountain Lady, a hibiscus gin and rhubarb concoction topped with mint syrup, lime, tonic, and sprig of rosemary.

321 Starr St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

12. Sally’s

151 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
A tall cocktail made with coffee, milk, and lots of ice stands against a white backdrop Sally Roots [Official]

From the hit Bushwick jerk chicken and tropical drink destination Sally’s Roots comes the new-ish Bed-Stuy bar Sally’s. The cozy, corner bar is similarly tropical, and a large number of cocktails here have some combination of rum, pineapple juice, and lime. All the cocktails here are priced at $13 or less, and the food is playful mix of Caribbean and Asian flavors, evident in dishes like the pulled pork steamed buns, the curry crab rangoon, and the curried vegetable bowl.

151 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

13. Bar Meridian

406 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238

This low-key spot calls itself a “modern corner bar for all of us.” During the day, it’s not unusual to find guests sipping cocktails with their dogs hanging out, and at night, for those choosing to sit indoors, there’s a gently lit room anchored by a horseshoe-shaped bar and vintage jukebox. A solid bar menu, which includes tobiko-topped egg salad served with Ritz crackers and anchovies on milk bread, complements a wine menu full of natty options, craft brews, and cocktails, made to order and served in cans.

406 Prospect Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

14. Oldies

946 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232
A photo of a bar with green bar seats, a wooden bar counter, and a wooden cabinet in the back that holds all the liquor. Natalie Sarpi/Industry City

The team behind one of New York City’s oldest and most beloved modern speakeasies, Angel’s Share, has opened a casual Japanese cocktail bar in Sunset Park’s Industry City. Oldies focuses on drinks with freshly squeezed fruit — strawberry, pineapple, yuzu, and persimmon — mixed with whisky and some honey, as well as Japanese highballs made with whisky and carbonated water. Food includes Japanese-style fried chicken and a Japanese egg omelet in the light-filled, 12-seat space with plenty of standing room.

946 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11232

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