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Where else can I get thoughtfully made cocktails along the lines of Flatiron Lounge and Pegu Club? I'm looking for homemade infusions, fresh squeezed juices, imaginative recipes, a respect for the "classics"... like that. And served with uh, you know, savoir faire n stuff.

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  1. I think you'll find what you are looking for at Temple Bar on Lafayette between Bleecker and Houston. This is an old school cocktail lounge with a nice vibe and well-prepared drinks.

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      1. Little Branch, East Side Co. Bar, Milk & Honey (if you can get in), Angel's Share, Blue Owl, and perhaps the new Gin Lane (haven't been).

        1. The gin cocktails at Gin Lane are excellent, IMHO.

          1. Along these lines, where can I get great cocktails and great food? -- preferably lighter fare so I have more room for the drinks. Thanks!

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            1. re: Ali B

              Sumile, 13 st. at 7th ave. Sublime cocktails, half price before 7, and amazing asian fusion food, served in cocktail lounge if you like.

            2. Nobody mentioned Devon... I just saw Dale DeGroof give Bobby "what me worry" Flay a bartending lesson on Flay's smackdown show... at Devon. Any comments?

              Thanks for the ideas everyone. To further refine my search, I would say I'm not really interested in "attitude" places... would that disqualify any of the above?

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              1. re: The Engineer

                Hmmm...you might get some attitude at Angel's Share--it's very formal and uptight and there's a dress code. Employees only might adminster velvet rope burn depending on when you go--the bouncer has been known to tell people to come back in an hour when it's overcrowded.

                1. re: The Engineer

                  It's actually Devin and it's from the same guys as Dylan... another place with some great cocktails

                2. Milk and Honey
                  Temple Bar
                  Employees Only

                  1. The list above is very solid... to the list, i'd add:

                    Brandy Library - expertly prepared cocktails, classy, uncrowded atmosphere and leather armchairs. lite hors d'oevres and of course, plenty of brandy.

                    1. I would add Pegu Club and Flatiron lounge to the list. Both very solid.

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                      1. re: wdt212

                        OK thanks I guess...

                      2. The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central specializes in old-school cocktails, though I didn't think the drinks were quite up to the level of Pegu Club or Flatiron Lounge. It's a great space, though, dark with comfy couches and high ceilings.

                        Bemelman's at the Carlyle Hotel (Madison @ 76th) has fantastic drinks--this is where Audrey Sanders of the Pegu Club used to work. In fact, there's some overlap of the specialty cocktail menus.

                        --Sarah

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                        1. re: slynnkiino

                          I LOVE the Pegu Club, and from what I've seen/tasted at Gin Lane, that's a good pick too.

                          I've been to the Campbell Apartment, but for what you pay for those drinks, I'd much rather go someplace like the Flatiron Lounge or Pegu Club. The Apartment was crowded with old boys club-type suits waiting for their trains to Long Island. I went right after work, so that could be why it was so hard to get a seat, even at the bar. The mojitos were overly sweet and definitely not strong enough. I'd spend my money elsewhere.

                          1. re: janethepain

                            As an engineer (the choo-choo kind) I have to point out that trains to Long Island leave from Penn Station, for the next ten or so years at least. Maybe the suits were confused...

                            1. re: The Engineer

                              well ok, upstate NY then. But you know what I mean ;)

                        2. re the west village: i love little branch, its fine anytime & meets all your criteria, but be forewarned the oil lamps give a really overpowering smell to the joint. employees only is great too, but only if you go early. the new place gin lane has a few decent libations, but its err, well...its very meatpacking district lets leave it at that. go early there too.

                          1. Gin Lane sucks. The drinks are poorly made, the bartenders are going through the motions and the crowd is almost entirely B&T.

                            The Bemelman's Bar is solid, albeit filled with older gentlemen and their "nieces", M&H gives PC and FL a run for their money, a rung below but still very good are Employee's Only, Blue Owl, Temple and Little Branch. The best Negroni in the city is at Del Posto (except for the one I make at home).

                            Angel's Share is pretty decent, however, you can tell they use inferior ice and they don't shake hard enough.

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                            1. re: Nathan75

                              hehe! you are a lot more pointed than me about gin lane.

                              if you want classics just around the corner from gin lane the OLD HOMESTEAD steakhouse sidebar makes great martinis and manhattans. it's kind of a quiet and all but secret libation oasis in that louche area, where you have all those nightlife joints yet no one can make decent drink.

                              1. re: Nathan75

                                Inferior in what way? The water? Not cold enough? I've always found that they take care with the ice, cracking big cubes to order for some drinks and grinding (rather then blender-ing) ice to order for others. It's not like they're using the have the half-melted little shell ice or anything. But I haven't been in a while and things may have changed. Hope they haven't changed that drastically.

                                As for not shaking hard enough, I agree that over the past few years they haven't been shaking drinks with the gusto they once did. Regrettable.

                              2. Angel's Share is one of my favorite bars in the city, and definitely a spot to go for classic cocktails. Atmosphere is warm and cool simultaneously - and the "rules" are simply no large groups, no standing, and no shouting. Thank god for the rules! In terms of food, you can eat at Yokocho next door, or order small dishes in the bar itself (same kitchen).

                                1. WD-50, my friend! Those cocktails are beautiful, tasty and many of them, like everything else at that restaurant, are heartily outlandish. I think I had some kind of rye with quince juice concoction that was out of this world.

                                  1. Pegu club is defintinely up there, in both taste and price. Homemade bitters and so on...