The birthplace of the famous classic Manhattan, New York is a mecca when it comes to cocktails – check out where to get those all-time favorites, as well as the best signature inventions, on the streets of vibrant SoHo.
Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, $$$
In the world of cocktails, Audrey Saunders is a well-known name. Her independent venture, Pegu Club, opened in 2005 and continues to be a pioneering presence in a well-situated venue in the middle of SoHo. The name originates from a British club in colonial Burma; as such, the décor reflects this period with a dark, wood-themed interior. Most cocktails go for the standard Manhattan price of $15. Try the classic spin-offs like the Gin-Gin Mule and the Earl Grey MarTEAni.
The Handy Liquor Bar, a vintage, 1970s-themed bar, features refreshing takes on classic cocktails, all beautifully garnished with handcrafted fruit and vegetables. The retro décor, complete with original ’70s mahogany walls, as well as the leather couches and auburn/burgundy color scheme, reflect the classic choices available on the menu itself, ranging from its signature interpretations of the mint julep to the old-fashioned.
As the name indicates, The Ship is a classy, semi-hidden joint with a naval interior. A walk downstairs will reveal an airy space designed to feel like the inside of a ship. The vibe is upscale, and the menu includes eclectic bites like kalbi sliders, ceviche, and foie gras, as well as cocktails priced at $14.
SoHo Cigar Bar, New York | Image Courtesy of Soho Cigar Bar
A gem for whisky lovers, the Soho Cigar Bar offers just that – a space in which to enjoy the venue’s signature Soho Cigars, a signature menu of whisky-blended $15 cocktails, and other liquor-based drinks. There’s also a wealth of offerings for single malts, brandies, bourbon, and rye, as well as apéritifs and digestifs. The 1920s speakeasy-style décor matches its selections.
Towering high above the city on the 18th floor, Jimmy is a cool spot for its panoramic view alone. Located on top of the James Hotel, this rooftop bar is open year-round and serves cocktails with intriguing names like “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and “French Kissing in the USA.”
Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, Italian, $$$
If you’re looking for a casual speakeasy with a backyard patio and refreshing, frozen cocktails, Mulberry Project is the place. The $15 cocktails are also available in pitchers for large parties, while the vibrantly colored patio suits a hot summer. The venue is also home to the “secret” pop-up bar known as La Isla Escondida in the summertime.
Located on Elizabeth Street, The Daily, a chill, cozy bar, serves up daily specials – hence the name – in a venue lined with leather booths. At less than $15 each, the cocktail menu is priced slightly below the average price for SoHo.