The American cocktail actually traces back to 15th century London, where they combined brandy and wine for its digestive healing properties. But New York was really the place that popularized combining drinks recreationally. In 1806 the term began circulating in local newspapers, coinciding with a handful of bartenders experimenting with concoctions. By 1820, the cocktail was common knowledge throughout the city and beyond.
Nowadays, New York cocktails remain in high regard for connoisseurs and casual enthusiasts alike. Masters like Jonathan Pogash make careers out of teaching the art of mixology, while Manhattan based television series like Mad Men and Sex and the City have contributed to the resurgence of several classic cocktails — Don Draper’s signature Manhattan in hand and Carrie Bradshaw’s love of Cosmopolitans drove many watchers to set up their own bar carts and maybe move beyond ordering just a beer at the bar.
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I am very fond of IPA’s at the moment and I have been going to a Brewery Lane in Greenpoint where they always try to have a good selection of local beers. For happy hour: Mud on East 9th. My best friend works there. Also St. Mazie on Grand St.
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Favorite bar: Bemelman's at the Carlisle. Drink of choice: A Manhattan.
Favorite bar: No Fun, and my favorite drink Iggy Popped Collins.
Happy hour: The Ear Inn or Hotel Delmano. Dive bar: Maracuja. Favorite locally brewed beer/distilled spirit: I'm no pro when it comes to this stuff. I drink wine, tequila, and scotch. There are a few local scotches that I have yet to try. I'll keep you apprised.
Lily & the Parlour Tricks
Favorite dive bar: The Scratcher.
Favorite bar is probably Dutch Kills in LIC. You can’t go wrong with their Old Fashioned. It is the perfect spot for those Don Draper vibes.
This is going to sound really ridiculous, and nobody knows this place, but it's called McSwiggan's. It's just a dive bar that me and all the guys go to all the time, and it's a place that's been in our friendship for years. We know all the bartenders.
Or, An Beal Bocht in Riverdale is amazing. It's also an old-school Irish pub, and they have an amazing open mic with amazing musicians who come and play. They don't have TVs; you're just there to drink and socialize and have a good time, so we go there a lot, too.
Croxleys in the East Village always has a great atmosphere and amazing wings! If I had to go favorite drink I would say Ciroc Peach.
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Black & White bar on 10th street. I get the club soda with a bottle of bitters.
Forgetmenot in Chinatown is a good vibe as a plus it also shows premier league football on a Saturday and has some great booze food.