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Lucy’s

Lucy has been bartending at Lucy's before it was called Lucy's. Most nights, the Polish owner is still there popping beer bottles and pouring whiskies. The bar, overlooking Thompson Square…

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Boilermaker

As its name alludes, there's nothing fancy about Boilermaker, the East Village venture of West Coast bartender Erick Castro and Cocktail Kingdom's Greg Boehm and Don Lee. There's also nothing immediately dive-y about…

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Pegu Club

One of the original cocktail bars to spur the New York renaissance, Audrey Saunders' Pegu Club is still a bastion of beautiful drinks. While it might not be as progressive today as…

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The Dead Rabbit

A little slice of Ireland in the middle of the Financial District, The Dead Rabbit is a multi-pronged, choose-your-own-adventure bar with the most epic cocktail menu in existence. Both bars…

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Wallflower

Wallflower is a tiny dressed-up French bistro fronted by a cocktail bar. The drinks by Xavier Herit, formerly of Daniel, are all miniature works of art, delicately garnished with streaks…

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Pouring Ribbons

Above an ungentrified little stretch of Avenue B, Pouring Ribbons is a labor of love from Joaquín Simó and Alchemy Consulting. The bar—rendered in all shades of greens and blues—is…

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Angel’s Share

Hidden on the upstairs floor of a Japanese restaurant, Village Yokocho, Angel's Share can be found through a door in the back of the room. Though an undisputed pioneer within…

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Mayahuel

Perhaps one of the first single-subject spirit bars (outside of whiskey) in New York, Mayahuel is fervently dedicated to the worship and preservation of agave. The work of Phil Ward, one…

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Death & Co.

Dark, brooding and considerably obscured from prying eyes, Death & Co. is everything one expects a New York speakeasy-style bar to be. Heavily decorated with awards, the East Village legend has never…

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Mother’s Ruin

When Mother's Ruin opened its doors in 2011, the term "cocktail bar" stretched a little to pull this odd little dive under its umbrella. This is a no-bullshit bar, first and…