The 12 Best Cocktail Bars In NYC

It's easy to forget the singular satisfaction of enjoying a well-made cocktail when "bottle of vodka" just sounds so much more efficient. But the art of mixology is flourishing here in the city that never chugs, and those who remain steadfast on the path to a beer gut are missing out! Here are some of our favorite spots for a classy tipple; as always, blow up your own favorite spot in the comments.


When a bar earns awards like "World's Best Cocktail Menu," "World's Best Bar," or "Best North American Bar," it's natural to want to dismiss the hype. Luckily, the team behind The Dead Rabbit haven't let it get to their heads. Whether you just want a pint from the vibrant tap room, or some cocktail nirvana from the dense, graphic novel-style menu found in the second floor parlor, the Dead Rabbit can cater to your tastes. We're current obsessing over the "Slim Shady" (made with Powers Irish Whiskey and a peach-basil syrup) and can never leave the parlor without a downright incredible Irish Coffee.