Any midtown west bars with a downtown vibe?
On the Rocks is definitely one of the best options in the area; just don't tell many people as I would hate for it to get crowded! They have an extensive selection of whisky: American, Irish, single malts, and the bartenders know their craft.
As far as speak-easy vibe places, the closest we got was JBird, which closed shop and moved to UES quicker than you could say go. Definitely a shame.
In central midtown there is Lanterns Keep, which reminds me of Raines Law Room, and is generally quiet and civilized and makes a good drink to boot.
Another spot with decent drinks is near Bryant Park, the Bar Downstairs. It's basically a hotel's concept of a giant speakeasy. It is somewhat hidden away, but is a giant room so definitely not the same feel. Their drinks are solid, nothing groundbreaking but worth a try. It hasnt been too rowdy when I've gone, at least before midnight.
If anyone knows of anywhere else please post~the East Village shouldn't get to have all the fun.
As a 1-year midtown west resident formerly of the village, I too would kill for such knowledge. Here are my fragmentary, incomplete answers answers
One of the few bars that's good is On The Rocks
Focus on whisky; no tv, soft mjusic, knowleagble bartender, small, intimate, but a bit "boys talking about things quietly" vibe.
As for cocktails, while the bar is loud and not v downtowny, there is one cocktail at Toloache that is the equal of anything a mixologist could put together downtown
the Mezcalita de Piña is epic - smokey, spicey, sweet and salty - perfect for an autumn night
I am open to more suggestions!