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Best cocktails in the city?

Ok.....so I am looking for some new bars/cocktail lounges that have really amazing drinks. I have been to Pegu Club and East Side Company and both have great ones. Any other places in the city you can recommend? I am thinking about trying Flatiron Lounge this weekend- how are the drinks/prices?

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  1. ok, not "the city" per se, but i would consider dressler in brooklyn. the ride over the williamsburg bridge is scenic whether by cab, train, or foot, and the cocktails are expertly done. the list is short (<10) but they're as good as pegu's (only two regular bartenders, and both have been around for a good while) and the restaurant's design and arty-but-not-overly-trendy scene are alone worth the trip. as is the $5 side order of onion rings.

    1. Part of the East Side Company, Little Branch on Seventh ave is really great. You can describe what you like and they make it for you.

      1. To me, nothing says a cocktail than the Campbell Apartment at Grand Central Station.
        It's not new but such a classic...Love this place!

        1. I go to Bar 89 (89 mercer street) every time I am in New York. They make the best drinks there. They are not cheap, around 12/14$ per drink but they are incredible. I never had a better cosmo than the ones they make there. They can't be beat. I had them in Montreal and in a couple of places in NY and no one beats Bar 89!

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          1. re: cricri7

            I totally agree with Bar 89. My GF loves the cosmos, I love the Greygoose Martinis, plus some great burgers, wings and sandwiches. Also, the Gold Mojito at the Mercer Kitchen is delicious. We also like the Library Bar and Outdoor Patio at Hudson Hotel.

            1. re: pacz

              The caipirinhas and the nachos are incredible! Their salsa is homemade and has coriander in it. It has lots of cheese also!

          2. I love the Flatiron Lounge and go there often. It's a great place to get either a special drink (they have some very unique and tasty cocktails on the menu) or just a standard cocktail or beer. I'm a fan of the "Jamaican Firefly" which is more commonly known as a Dark & Stormy. I was quite impressed when they told me that they brew their own ginger beer! I highly recommend you check it out either this weekend or sometime in the near future. Enjoy!

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            1. re: macncheesy

              +1 for Flatiron Lounge. The have a huge array of ingredients (solid and liquid, including the aforementioned homemade ginger beer) and their house cocktails are very creative. It's expensive, of course.

              Also, I once had a delicious Dark & Stormy at Botanica, which I think is on Houston.

            2. Employees Only has great drinks and food as well.

              1. Thom Bar for amazing mojitos; Agave for margaritas

                1. PDT (located inside Crif Dogs). Sit at the bar, they'll treat you right, and they appreciate a challenge. My boyfriend doesn't really like cocktails and they recommended some great off the menu ones.

                  Say hi to Don if he's there.

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                  1. re: kathryn

                    wow......thanks so much for all the suggestions (my liver may feel otherwise).

                  2. Angel's Share (inside Gyu-ya, upstairs, E9th at 3rd Ave) is my favorite place for a perfectly mixed cocktail. The drinks also don't cost quite as much as in the other temples of mixology but are flawless.

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                    1. re: kenito799

                      death & co! the "bartenders" are called "mixologist".....

                      1. re: TBird

                        Death and Co. Are a bunch of high on themselves flunkies. When I inquired about vodka, as their drink menu did not have a single drink with vodka on it, I was told that vodka does not add anything to the flavor profile. They do have vodka, but they balked when I tried to order it. Instead the convinced me to have their version of a pimms cup, which was soapy and contained little to no pimms but plenty of strawberries (if you are asking why the strawberries, I asked too). Snippy response about that is how they make it. All this attitude plus weak 12 dollar drinks in one of the darkest rooms in the city. You can have a much better time elsewhere.

                      2. re: kenito799

                        It's on the 2nd floor inside Village Yokocho, actually. No parties greater than 4. No standing. No loud talking.

                      3. i like blue owl, great vodka gimlet!

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                        1. re: kam0424

                          tonight, i am going out with my bf to union square area. any bar recommendations in/near the area? i know flatiron lounge is close, just thinking about some other options (not quite as expensive). on the other hand, if a drink is that amazing, maybe it's worth slurging once in a while.

                          thanks for all the fabulous suggestions!!!

                        2. I think the cocktails at the bar at The Modern are wonderful - unique tastes and interesting presentations. That being said, it's been six months since I was there and so I can't be relied upon for current information!

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                          1. re: selizara

                            The Modern is a great choice. The Modern martini is in the top 5 best cocktails I have ever had. Milk and Honey is fun but not really worth the pain in the ass, they make it feel like a scavenger hunt to get inside. Little Branch is a better choice. Order a "Bee's knees." Unreal.

                          2. Pegu is my overall favorite, personally. After that, I like Little Branch, Employees Only, Flatiron Lounge, and Stanton Social.

                            Flatiron Lounge is similarly priced to Pegu, with a much more art-deco than an "exotic" feel. Get the Old Fashioned. Get two.

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                            1. re: CocHoliday

                              I'm a huge fan of Bamboo 52 on 52nd between 8th and 9th. It has great cocktails, and half price on ALL drinks from 12-9 every single day. Can't beat that! The mojitos are the best I've ever had. They also have delicious sushi, which is great for a snack or meal while you're there.

                              1. re: sara123

                                Thanks a lot for the rec- I've walked past there but never tried it!

                              2. re: CocHoliday

                                I went to Flatiron on Friday. Great drinks but second to Pegu in my opinion. Stanton Social is pretty good too. What are the prices like at Litle Branch and Employees Only?

                                1. re: ms.james

                                  Definitely cheaper than Pegu/Flatiron, but not by much. Order by spirit only, and let the bartenders craft some cocktails for you- I hope you're doing these places this way!

                                1. re: christinaemcc

                                  agree Emp Only. For upmarket, ON the menu type drinks, Bar Masa has some interesting drinks, but can be pricey. Haven't "tested" the bartenders there, though.

                                  1. re: digsnola

                                    Old School: King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel. There, the "perfect Manhattan" with Maker's Mark is a thing of classic beauty.