If you’re looking for some great NYC cocktails when in New York City, keep reading! Staying at home might have forced you to drink at home as well; while it might have made do for the past months, we know that you’ve missed enjoying your drink in a bar set up – the atmosphere, the people, and the feeling of simply being there.
While it is not yet possible to be rubbing elbows with other tipsy New Yorkers, some bars have opened their doors once again, adopting different business models that fit the new normal. Some bars offer to-go cocktails, outdoor dining, and limited indoor dining.
Creative mixologists continue to whip up their masterpiece as they venture through the crisis called COVID.
NYC Cocktails – Here’s Where You Can Go Tonight
What bars are currently open to serve you? And if you’re in New York City and don’t want to stay around crowds, here is an article for you on cocktails to go in NYC!
Here’s a list:
The Honey Well
Surrounded by the 1970’s era decor and chill vibe, the Honey Well provides the perfect ambiance for a drink. It is a popular uptown date spot that serves sophisticated drinks in unique containers like the Honey bears and Spanish porrons.
67 Orange Street
Enjoy a drink or two at 67 Orange Street. To adapt to the new normal, 67 Orange Street turned to delivery and converted into a sidewalk establishment. You can get your drinks through vending cocktail kits, shareable punches, or individual beverages.
The mixologist Harrett Hendriks offers variations of spirit preference, including negronis, margaritas, and punches.
Dutch KIlls still a popular go-to place when it comes to cocktails. They have set up a sidewalk setting with semi-covered tables that are distanced enough to follow safety protocols.
Their menu is full of specific blends of classic cocktails. Order The Quill, a bestseller Negroni with an absinthe rinse. They can also customize your drink based on your liquor and taste preferences.
The NoMad Bar
It seems like the pandemic has turned THE NoMad Bar into a better location. They have relocated their bar on the rooftop of their hotel, making you enjoy the same cocktails but with a view.
The charm of the relocated bar is perfectly complemented by fine-dining superstar Leo Robitschek’s taste and expertise.
If you are a newbie, do not be intimidated by the setup. Feel free to ask questions as you browse through their menu and start a conversation with their bartender (following the safe distance, of course, *wink*).
Jungle Bird offers both outside and indoor drinking. They have designed a colorful sidewalk patio and have opened their bar inside for them to serve you again.
Jungle Bird is named after Kaula Lumpur Hilton’s welcome drink in the 1970s. Krissy Harris mixes Southeast Asia and California vibes to serve tropical, not tiki, cocktails that you can pair with small bites like dumplings and shrimp skewers.
Of course, their must-try is the Jungle Bird – a drink shaken with pineapple-infused rum, Campari, Contratto, and lime.
Katana Kitten used to have two setups pre-pandemic – upstairs, which is a more open area for cocktails, and downstairs, which a den described being rowdier and izakaya-like.
With the COVID restrictions in place, guests can enjoy a sip of their favorite drink outside while enjoying sandos, skewers, and nori fries.
Romana has set outdoor tables to continue catering to their patrons and guests alike. People always go back to take a sip of their signature drink, Hotel Danger – a blend of peach-infused mezcal with chipotle agave, Aperol, lemon, and with a grapefruit twist. This drink is just one of their seasonal cocktails blended with specialty spirits, house-made infusions, and liquors.
The Up & Up
The Up & Up is known for a perfect balance of drinks and vibes. You can enjoy high-end cocktails in their low-key vibe – an ideal place to relax after a long day of work.
With COVID restrictions, they are finally taking reservations for the first time. They also offer take out cocktails. Missing a sip of their cocktail? Contact them and make a reservation now.
Though these bars are finally opening their doors again and have safety protocols in place to match the new normal, everyone is still encouraged to practice maximum precaution. Check the number of cases in your area and responsibly decide whether it’s time to enjoy that cocktail.
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