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Hottest Bars in NYC

Say what you want about NYC's dwindling club scene, but the fact remains: The Big Apple is still the nightlife epicenter of America and possibly the world. In our quarterly update, check out 10 new bars that are currently burning things up with killer cocktails, craft beers and more. Did we miss your favorite new watering hole? Tell us in the comments.

Diamond Reef

NewBedford-Stuyvesant
Spun off from Attaboy, this Bed-Stuy bar serves tropical cocktails and slushies in a lofty, wood-paneled space dotted with bright turquoise seating. A backyard with a parked food truck is in the works.

Must-drink: Slushie Penichillin

Insider tip: Check out the daily happy hour.

BlackTail

Battery Park City
The Dead Rabbit team is behind this Battery Park City resto-bar on Pier A, which harks back to the expat life in Havana with its highballs, punches and sours, accompanied by seafood-focused American fare. The space includes a wood-panelled main bar and a ‘lobby’ area.

Must-drink: Daiquiri, Rattlesnake, Mississippi mule

Insider tip: Live music is offered twice a week.

Until Tomorrow

NewClinton Hill
House-infused syrups, tinctures and spirits go into the lively cocktails at this homey Clinton Hill bar outfitted with exposed-brick walls and deeply grained wooden fixtures. A Blue Hill alum crafts the bill of fare, including sloppy joes and a sausage corn dog.

Must-drink: Boogie Nights — Fernet Branca, Angostura di Amari, ginger syrup, honey, Cherry Heering, Bittermen's Habanero Shrub and lime juice

Insider tip: A weekday happy hour from 4:30–7:00 PM offers deals on drinks and light bites.

The Drift

NewGreenpoint
Giving a swanky-looking redo to the former home of Greenpoint’s Boulevard Tavern, complete with tufted leather banquettes and barstools, this cozy hangout from the Commodore and El Cortez team keeps the menu simple, with Southern-accented food like boiled peanuts, a smoked chicken sandwich and banana pudding. The lighthearted cocktails (including frozen choices) are nicely suited to the patio when the weather warms up.

Must-drink: The Commodore, The Orange Julio

Insider tip: Many of the drinks are carry-overs from The Commodore.

The Blond

SoHo
A meeting spot for early evening cocktails, this lounge at the 11 Howard hotel sets the mood with dark woods, rich velvets and flattering lighting. Later at night it’s geared toward exclusive parties.

Must-drink: Whatever you can afford, as drinks are quite pricey

Insider tip: After dinner at Le Coucou, head upstairs for an early after-dinner drink. The spot also has a small food menu if you're still hungry.

Super Power

Crown Heights
Tiki drinks rule at this Crown Heights hangout that’s big on rum, colorful garnishes and frozen cocktails, with decorative fronds and fruit bowls around the bar. Items like pulled pork sandwiches and banh mi dogs are also served, and there’s an oyster happy hour too.

Must-drink: Frozen tiki White Russian, Galangal daiquiri

Insider tip: Drinks are $10 so it's a budget-friendly option for cocktail lovers.

Chumley's

NewAmericanWest Village
Though its entrance remains unmarked, this revival of a legendary West Village speakeasy (which closed in 2007) is decked out in swankier style under new owner Alessandro Borgognone (Sushi Nakazawa). The densely arranged photos and book jackets on the walls recreate the look of the original, honoring its history as a literary haunt, while sweeping, glossy leather banquettes and American fare by an Atera alum update the experience.

Must-drink: Basement of Themes: Cutty Sark Prohibition, violette, lemon, blackberry, egg white, soda or any of the scotch and sodas

Insider tip: While the revamp turned the spot into more of a restaurant (closing at 11 PM most nights), the bar area is a great place for drinks and snacks.

Ghost Donkey

NewNoHo
This East Village bar focuses on mezcals and tequilas served solo or in cocktails such as the Mushroom Margarita (made with a huitlacoche-infused spirit) and the slyly named Stone Wall with habanero cider. There’s a brandied caramel horchata too, along with a short menu of creative nachos, ceviche and churros, and extra whimsy courtesy of neon accents and a flower-covered donkey at the entrance.

Must-drink: El Burro Fantasma (pictured) with mezcal, Aperol, agave, lime, pink grapefruit and chile; or any of the mezcals

Insider tip: There's a large-format drink called El Burro that will run you $26 for every two people.

Sauvage

AmericanGreenpoint
The Maison Premiere team is behind this Greenpoint American emphasizing seafood (including oysters, of course), seasonal vegetables and eclectic dishes with French accents, along with cocktails made with hand-chiseled ice. The space has a crisp look, with tiled floors, a swerving bar and banquettes.

Must-drink: Riding Tigers with Armagnac Castarede, Pineau de Charente and Peach Capurro

Insider tip: Check out its take-out window open during the day for coffee and pastries.

As Is NYC

West 50s
This Hell’s Kitchen watering hole goes for deep cuts on its rotation of 20 draft beers, showcasing atypical brewers and styles, while also offering housemade cocktails on tap, a few hearty sandwiches and lots of notch-above bar bites. Brick walls and tiled floors lend it a handsome feel.

Must-drink: Beer options rotate regularly so ask the bartender for a recommendation.

Insider tip: The food menu includes gourmet bar food like lobster rolls, banh mi and grilled cheese.

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