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Artisan Goes Dive Bar: Mixologists’ Guilty Pleasures
July 2010

When you spend your nights crafting cocktails for a discerning New York audience, your after-work drink of choice is rarely going to be of the artisanal, meticulously-composed variety you’ve only just finished serving. No brandy-soaked cherry garnishes or house-made bitters for you. You’re more likely to head for the nearest—and frostiest—beer to accompany a shot of something strong. But when we polled New York area mixologists, Manhattan- and Brooklyn-bound alike, we found a surprising variety of “guilty pleasures,” our name for the kind of drinks that will never show up on a sophisticated cocktail menu (in other words, the kind of stuff a hard-working bartender craves). In a city like New York, where you’re as cool (or authentic) as your clothes, car, or, in this case, cocktail, mixologist’s have a right to be slightly self-conscious of what they drink. But it turns out local mixologists like to unwind with everything from champagne—although you’ve got to be careful where you order it—to a classic Negroni to a gag-inducing shot of straight Fernet Branca. Not that we’re trying to expose their dirty swill-swigging secrets. We’re just glad to know that even though they slake our thirst with some of the most sophisticated, well-designed drinks out there, these mixologists aren’t afraid to knock back a few shots, a cheap beer, or even a plain old glass of Jameson in good company. Just hold the Jaeger.


Dram
177 South 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-3726
www.drambar.com

Hotel Delmano
82 Berry Street
New York, NY 10003
(718) 387-1945

Summit Bar
133 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
www.thesummitbar.net

Ward III
111 Reade Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 240-9189
www.ward3tribeca.com

Yerba Buena Perry
One Perry Street
New York, NY 10014
Neighborhood: West Village
(212) 620-0808
www.ybnyc.com

Madam Geneva
4 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 254-0350
www.madamgeneva-nyc.com

Clover Club
210 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-7939
www.cloverclubny.com

The Richardson
451 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222-5039
(718) 389-0839
www.therichardsonnyc.com

Quarter Bar
676 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215-6309
(718) 788-0989
www.quarterbarbrooklyn.com

Huckleberry Bar
588 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211-4802
(718) 218-8555
www.huckleberrybar.com

Randolph at Broome
349 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013-4236
(212) 274-0667
www.randolphnyc.com

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010-3643
(212) 889-0905
www.elevenmadisonpark.com

Buttermilk Channel
524 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 852-8490
buttermilkchannelnyc.com

Flatiron Lounge
37 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011-4200
(212) 727-7741
flatironlounge.com

Raines Law Room
48 W 17th St
New York, 10011
raineslawroom.com

The Rye House
11 West 17th Street
New York, NY
(212) 255-7260

PDT
113 Saint Marks Place
New York, NY 10009
(212) 614-0386
pdtnyc.com