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Jul 7, 2006 04:08 PM

Fabulous Cocktails

Any suggestions for taking a California guest for a fabulous, upscale place for cocktails. TIA

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  1. If you're looking for trendy the roof of the Gansevoort has good cocktails, albeit expensive, and amazing views.

    1. I like the bar at the Thompson Hotel (aka Kittichai) - fun cocktails, people watching and in this lovely weather, you can sit outside.

      1. In descending order:

        Pegu Club (serves food)
        Employees Only (serves food)
        Little Branch (oyster bar) and Milk and Honey (no food) both Sasha Petraske’s joints are great if they are open and you can get a reservation.

        All four of these places serve excellent painstakingly made cocktails.

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        1. re: chowcito

          These are great suggestions and I am hoping to be drinking heavily at Pegu Club tonight.

        2. Pegu Club is definitely one of my favorites, but recently I've also started going to Flatiron Lounge, which also focuses on great cocktails (there is some connection - I think the owner of Pegu used to work there). Every night they have a "flight" of three tasting portions of similarly-themed cocktails that is a can't miss (and adds up to about 5 drinks or so - be careful...).

          1. I had great cocktails at Pegu when they first opened. I have however, not been back since the owner was nasty and rude to my wife when she was there with some friends. Have heard similar stories from others since, which is unfortunate. I know Soho House is member/guest thing, but they have great bar tenders, and mixology rules the day. Double 7 on 14th St. is also my pick for quiet, non-club like AAA+ cocktails without all the scene, get in early, as it is a small space.

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            1. re: noodles

              Owner = Audrey Saunders? I'm a bit surprised to hear that... I've always had very good experiences with her.

              1. re: noodles

                Too bad about the Pegu experience...i've only been there once, but the cocktail i had was delicious...

                i can't say i agree about Soho House though...when it had just opened it was fun, but i was there a couple weeks ago and the atmosphere was so foul and the service awful (botched drink orders, gross errors on the bill, servers nowhere in sight, etc)...