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Apart from Death & Co, Mayahuel, which cocktail bars are worth checking out while in NY? I've also already tried PDT, Pegu Club, Milk & Honey. On the list include Lani Kai, Clover Club - any thoughts + recommendations appreciated.

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  1. The five you list are among the best in town.

    Lani Kai is very good. See also Flatiron Lounge, sister bar to Clover Club.

    Are you open to cocktail programs at restaurants? I am a fan of bar at Eleven Madison Park, bar at Vandaag, Peels, Fatty Cue.

    Been spending some good time at Amor y Amargo lately, too.

    I also think Dutch Kills (Queens) is very good, maybe better than Little Branch. But M&H is still my favorite in that family.

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    Eleven Madison Park
    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    Little Branch
    22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

    Flatiron Lounge
    37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    Milk and Honey
    134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

    Vandaag
    103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Peels
    325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

    Lani Kai
    525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

    Amor y Amargo
    443 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

    Fatty 'Cue
    50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: kathryn

      thanks vm. I was keen to check out the bar at EMP, but wasnt sure if it required reservations?
      Would you recommend Employees Only?
      Also, is there anywhere which specialises in bourbon?

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      Employees Only
      510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

      1. re: cactus24

        The bar at EMP serves more as a restaurant bar. I don't think they even take reservations for the bar area. Many of the people there are waiting for their dinner tables or casually popping in after work.

        Generally Employees Only is popular but can get very crowded/packed, especially on weekends. Overall, I think most hardcore mixology nerds would say it's not on the same level as Pegu Club, PDT, Death & Co. They also free pour instead of using jiggers to measure the ingredients, which to many pro bartenders is poor technique.

        For bourbon, I really like Idle Hands for more of a dive atmosphere (it's in the basement of Billy Hurricane's), and Brandy Library for a more refined atmosphere.

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        Employees Only
        510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

        Please Don't Tell
        113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

        Pegu Club
        77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

        Brandy Library
        25 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

        Death & Co.
        433 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

        Idle Hands
        25 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

        1. re: kathryn

          Thanks Kathryn, much appreciated. I'm adding the Bar @ EMP, and brandy library to the list, and perhaps Amor y Amargo & Cienfugoes, time permitting.

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          Amor y Amargo
          443 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

          1. re: cactus24

            BTW the mixed drinks at Brandy Library aren't that great. But you're into sipping flights of spirits like bourbon, that's a great place to go.

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            Brandy Library
            25 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

        2. re: cactus24

          if you're in bk at all, char no 4 is great for bourbon

      2. you've got most of the top ones down. in addition, id also recommend raines law room, and if you're into rum, Cienfuegos. if you're wiling to go to brooklyn (with your inclusion of clover club it seems you are) I'd also look at Dram. Finally, I havent been but ive heard good things about silver lining, which is the new offering from the Little Branch + Milk & Honey group.

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        Raines Law Room
        48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

        Cienfuegos
        95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

        Silver Lining
        75 Murray St, New York, NY 10007

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        1. re: cubicles

          I love love love Cienfuegos. Mayahuel is also good. Raines is also nice. Silver Lining is new and I was impressed on my first visit.

          There is a new Champagne lounge called Winston's which sounds great but for the fact that it's in a hotel so is likely sceney.

          I haven't been to Bathtub Gin yet but would like to go.

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          Raines Law Room
          48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

          Mayahuel
          304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

          Cienfuegos
          95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

          Silver Lining
          75 Murray St, New York, NY 10007

          Bathtub Gin
          132 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          Winston’s Champagne Bar
          420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

        2. if you've already been to milk & honey, i don't know if little branch is worth recommending, but it's one of my favorites. also if you're at all interested in sake bars, decibel is a lot of fun.

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          1. re: morisaur

            i'll also add that if you're into scotch, Highlands and their sister bar Mary Queen of Scots have an absolutely astounding selection

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            Highlands
            150 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

            Mary Queen of Scots
            115 Allen St, New York, NY 10002