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The best cocktails in town

If New York City had its own drink it would surely be the cocktail. New Yorkers are obsessed with cocktails and bar staff have turned the shaking of these classy drinks into a true art. The range of cocktail bars the city has to offer is huge, with one being even more trendy than the other.

No two cocktails are ever the same. The key to the perfect concoction is in the details. Mixing the various flavours should be done with care and shaking requires a meticulous ‘schwung’. The final touches are in the presentation: a subtle change of colours with crushed ice and perfectly placed mint leaves can turn a cocktail into a glass of serious eye-candy. The following bars are exceptional in all of these aspects.

Lively fun cocktail bars
Lively fun cocktail bars

Nowy Jork

Barkeeper Crif Dogs

Shhh… don’t tell!

Most people will pass by Crif Dogs without noticing anything unusual, but in the back of this ordinary hotdog venue is an old phone booth. Enter the booth and you’ll suddenly find yourself in PDT, the trendiest cocktail bar in the East Village. The well-hidden space features the best trained bar staff and the most exclusive cocktails. PDT stands for ‘Please Don’t Tell’, but since nobody is good at keeping secrets, nearly all self-respecting New Yorkers are familiar with the location. Booking is recommended!

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113 St. Mark Place, Manhattan, NYC

Cocktails in robes

The roof terrace of 230 FIFTH, simply named after the address, is one of the most popular in New York. Enjoy amazing cocktails whilst sitting between waving palm trees with phenomenal views of the Empire State Building. It truly is a surreal experience. The venue is often used for events including film premieres and fashion parties. Inside you’ll find a stunning panorama lounge and the terrace is open throughout the year, with so-called ‘signature robes’ provided whenever the weather turns colder. Cocktails in dressing gowns… Only in New York!

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View from 230 Fifth

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230 Fifth, 230 Fifth Avenue, NYC

The Pegu Club

Green tea and fireflies

Pegu Club is known as the best cocktail bar in SoHo and with good reason. Owner Audrey Sanders is seen as one of the greats in the field of modern mixology and the bar has claimed numerous awards. The menu includes cocktails made with unusual ingredients and attractive names such as Jamaican Firefly, Fleur de Paradis and the much lauded Earl Grey Martini. The interior is mysterious: Asian with a hint of Manhattan chic.

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Pegu Club, 77 W. Houston St., Manhattan, New York City

Photo credits

  • Barkeeper Crif Dogs: star5112, Flickr
  • View from 230 Fifth: [Jim], Flickr
  • The Pegu Club: Bex Walton, Flickr