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ISO: dark and stormy (or even just ginger beer)

chinaplate Jun 12, 2008 02:39 PM

In search of either a bar serving a classic dark and stormy (Gosslings Bermuda Rum and ginger beer) or a place where I can buy the ingredients (ginger beer has been hard to find).

Ideally, a Village or LES bar or a Harlem or UWS bar.


  1. misnatalie Jun 12, 2008 02:52 PM

    you can get ginger beer at golden krust on 14th street and sometimes gourmet garage has it.

    Death & Co. has a cocktail with homemade ginger beer and Gosslings rum not a dark and stormy but they could probably make that too.

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      Sugar Jun 12, 2008 03:02 PM

      they are on the menu at Blue Smoke.

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      1. re: Sugar
        jakew8 Jun 22, 2008 08:25 AM

        I had one at Blue Smoke last night... it was tall, refreshing, and contained the exact two ingredients chinaplate is looking for.

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        small h Jun 12, 2008 03:26 PM

        99% sure you can get one at East Side Company Bar, Essex & Grand St.

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          kathryn Jun 12, 2008 03:28 PM

          Pegu Club makes their own ginger beer, not sure if you can buy it from there. It's a pain to make, and many reputable bars just use the Audrey Saunders/Pegu Club recipe anyway. Their Jamaican firefly is a take on the Dark & Stormy, but I'm sure you could order a classic one there as well.

          Ginger beer recipee:

          Bars with ginger beer:

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          1. re: kathryn
            macncheesy Jun 13, 2008 12:18 PM

            Flatiron Lounge also makes a good Dark & Stormy (also called the Jamaican Firefly). Grace in Tribeca has them, too.

            You can buy Regatta ginger beer (the best, IMHO) at Citarella and Gourmet Garage.

            1. re: kathryn
              thew Jun 13, 2008 04:08 PM

              i love jamaican fireflies

            2. Eric in NJ Jun 12, 2008 03:31 PM

              There are a number of liqueur stores here that carry Barret's Ginger Beer right by the Goslings dark rum. Ask if the can order it for you.

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                Papaya Jun 12, 2008 04:24 PM

                Reed's Ginger Beer is what we use for our Dark and
                Stormys. I've seen it at various bodegas, though can't say specifically. But if you're willing to head over to Brooklyn/Cobble Hill, I know for sure American Beer Distro carries it (along with a great selection of harder to find beers).


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                1. re: Papaya
                  Feaster18 Jun 12, 2008 06:29 PM

                  Alta makes them. 10th and 6th.

                2. jakew8 Jun 12, 2008 07:48 PM

                  I have them whenever I go to Botanica on Houston St. Not sure about their brand of dark rum though.

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                    em76 Jun 13, 2008 07:32 AM

                    Best Dark & Stormies are @ East Village Yacht Club. Lower east side.

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                    1. re: em76
                      D...DF Jun 13, 2008 12:26 PM

                      EVYC is under new ownership and is now a coffee house cum lounge called Arlo and Esme. Not sure if they kept the Dark and Stormy and/or bartenders.

                    2. LeahBaila Jun 13, 2008 08:28 AM

                      Lure Fishbar


                      1. stefan29 Jun 13, 2008 10:09 AM

                        They make a nice dark and stormy at PDT...hidden cocktail lounge in Crif Dogs in the East Village.

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                          megsnj Jun 13, 2008 10:23 AM

                          Little Branch will make you a dark and stormy. And if you can get the number, Milk & Honey makes an awesome dark and stormy (not for the faint of heart though - the ginger is very strong).

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                          1. re: megsnj
                            D...DF Jun 13, 2008 12:03 PM

                            M&H's is my favorite of those listed.

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                            JennS Jun 23, 2008 07:28 AM

                            Whole Foods carries Reed's Ginger Beer. Not sure if it's still on the menu, but I had a frozen dark & stormy at Bar Americain a couple of years ago, but I wasn't crazy about it. I like the traditional version better.

                            1. jakew8 Jun 23, 2008 10:53 AM

                              I found ginger beer for sale at the Chelsea Market Basket (the gift shop-type store) in the Chelsea Market. It's Fentiman's by the bottle for $1.95 each (steep, but Vitamin Water is over $2 at most delis). It was really good. Should have bought more.


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