Posts Tagged ‘Speakeasy’
Eldridge St. btw Delancey and Broome St.
Used to be Milk and Honey, though I never got a chance to visit that spot. This “speakeasy” doesn’t take reservations, but if there’s enough room at this small spot, the cocktails are really well done. Bartenders are chatty and friendly, crowd is 20’s and 30’s. Cocktails at average cocktail prices, taste really good.
Norfolk St. btw Delancey and Rivington St.
Speakeasy’s, take note. This is how it should be. If I’m not walking through a back alley or don’t have an opportunity to move a bookshelf, you’re just a basement bar. Anywho, make your way past said alley into a pretty big space holding a mixed crowd of young and old. Good place to hang with a group of friends, cocktails at average prices (~$11), taste fine.
Stuvesant St. btw 9th St. and 3rd Ave.
Hidden bar within a sushi restaurant. Walk up the stairs, hook a U-turn, hope that it’s not packed (which it usually becomes after 7 PM), and step into a small yet roomy space that could probably hold only about 30-35 people. Many different types of cocktails, service is good, average price for cocktails (~12), taste alright.
23rd St. btw Madison and Park Ave.
Admittedly I had never been to the original location that has since closed. I really hope it was better than this. Through the boarded up windows is a “speakeasy” that puts on the same shtick whether it’s full or not. If you’re with a group, there are tables in the back, on a date or alone, space up front. However, don’t for one moment think you can wander around, everyone is forced to keep to their section. The hostess and manager are pretty awful as well. However, the wait staff is very friendly, and the cocktails are pretty darn good, so there are some pluses to this place. Cocktails at cocktail prices (~12), taste good.
7th Ave. and Leroy St.
Speakeasy in the West Village, though the jig is up when there’s a guy sitting on a stool in front of a mysterious door. Head downstairs and either hope to grab one of the tables or stand at the bar. 20’s and 30’s crowd, everyone seems to come and go at a good pace, so the turnover keeps things moving. As for the cocktails, they were alright, nothing to get all worked up about but passable. Cocktails, about average prices for cocktails (~12), taste alright.
7th St. btw Ave. A and Ave. B
Speakeasy crammed down an alley way and into a basement. Two different rooms, the back usually closed for a private function, the other room crammed full of people. If you luck out and get a table, hold on for dear life. You, unfortunately, can’t stand in the fresh air and drink, so if you like drinking a cocktail in a sauna, come here! All cocktails, average cocktail prices of around ~$12, I’ve had better.
Clinton St. btw Rivington and Stanton St.
Speakeasy located through above/through the back of Barramundi, pretty easy to get into before 9, good luck afterwards. Basically someone’s living room with a bar, tables spaced around for groups, good amount of PDA going on. Drinks are all cocktails, ~$12 on average for a drink, taste alright.
17th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Now this is what I call a speakeasy. There might be a wait, but they accommodate with a small standing bar/waiting room in the back. The place circulates the tables pretty well, and once you’re seated, it’s a chill atmosphere with good service as you sip a cocktail that actually makes me change my stance on cocktails. The drinks are a little pricey (~15 to start) but completely worth it, taste great.
6th St. btw 1st Ave. and Ave. A
Alright, when I’m first on line to get in, no need to go and check on availability. That pretentiousness aside, it’s a pretty quiet spot, dimly lit to try and set the mood for your dating needs. Amidst hushed voices you can order any of their specialty drinks (which is all they serve). I’ve had better cocktails and I reluctantly finished mine and tried a friend’s before deciding to hightail it out of there. Cocktails at minimum $9, didn’t taste too great.
33rd St. btw Lexington and 3rd Ave.
The same owners of Little Branch have opened up a midtown location, though this place is a little more hidden behind a staircase, as compared to a giant wall on 7th Avenue. If you’re not early, the second/main floor (seating) is usually always packed, but feel free to find a spot on the first floor (standing only). It’s mostly all cocktails with a beer or two available if you’re feeling like Gin won’t cut it. The crowd is young, with most people waiting for their party to arrive and keeping to themselves. Cocktails at average prices for cocktails (~$9), taste fine, good service.
9th Ave. btw 18th and 19th St.
While I enjoy the attempts at new speakeasies, I always feel bad for the store that you skip past, as I completely ignore their wares for beer inside. Anywho, through the door, a decent sized space, good amount of space to sit, but they have to have the servers lose the flappers outfits. It’s not actually the 1920’s, nor is the guest list exclusive, nor the patron’s dress indicative of anything pre-1998, so the gimmick in unnecessary. Nitpicking aside, prices were surprisingly average prices, service was very good, and there’s a giant tub in the middle of the back area which I’m sure will be filled with drunken bodies or vomit in no time.