Looking for Good Drinks Near James Beard House (11th street and 6th Avenue
I've organized a dinner with friends at the James Beard House and would like a place to meet beforehand and get a good cocktail before dinner. Don't know the neighborhood to well but will be all dressed up and don't want an irish pub. Ideas?
On 19th and 6th is one of my favorite bars, Flatiron Lounge - very fun, touch of class, with a throwback vibe. There's also the 1920's speakeasy Raines Law Room on 17th and 6th. If you go between Sun-Tues they'll take reservations if you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3pm and let them know the number in your party and phone number.
Bar Blanc is an attractive space and has a good cocktail menu. I especially liked the pamplemousse martini - Hendricks gin and grapefruit juice (two of my favorite liquids). Bar Six is more of a neighborhood hangout, casual and cheapish, with a handsome copper bar and cafe tables. Both have separate bar areas.