Do you think you know New York City? Special entrances, unmarked doors, underground … sometimes the best spots in New York are completely out of sight!
We will introduce you to the best hidden bars in the Big Apple, just don’t tell anybody, it’s a secret!
Milk & Honey
Only mellow, non-famous folk receive the unlisted address; and all must call ahead to be buzzed in through the surveillance system-equipped door. Bar’s rules – “No name-dropping, no star f-ing,” “No hooting, hollering, shouting or other loud behaviour,” “Do not bring anyone unless you would leave that person alone in your home. You are responsible for the behaviour of your guests,” and “Gentlemen will not introduce themselves to ladies.” There’s no menu, and the bartenders create drinks based on your mood, letting you know what ingredients they’re working with today. We’ve been to a lot of speakeasy bars, but the drinks from Milk and Honey are still a cut above the rest.
Hidden behind an unmarked door to a graffiti-covered building in the West Village is a bar so secret it doesn’t even have a website. Little Branch has a full drink menu, but we suggest telling the bartender what kind of drinks you typically like and your preferred choice of liquor, then watch them whip up something just for you.
PDT (Please don’t Tell)
High-end cocktail lounge “Please Don’t Tell” has one of the greatest secret entrances in all of New York City. The vintage phone booth at the Crif Dogs hot dog joint is not only a cool piece of decor, but also the access way to a sexy speakeasy. This place is very popular so its not that easy to make a reservations. PDT only takes same-day reservations, and their phone lines open at 3pm with doors opening at 6pm. If you’d rather not bother with reservations you can enter the phone booth, pick up the phone and speak with a hostess who will either seat you if there’s an opening or give you a call back when a table is free. With thoughtfully-crafted cocktails and the option to order smoked hot dogs next door, we think PDT is worth the wait.
Death & Co
Hiding behind distinctive doors, the low-lit and intimate interior exudes a cool, jazzy vibe. Kerosene lanterns and crystal chandeliers add to the atmosphere, scattering shadows up the gold-flecked walls, while the granite tables and suede banquettes have been chosen for their understated, classy look. The cocktails are truly superb, mixed by bartenders who learned their trade at the likes of the Pegu Club and the Flatiron Lounge. This is one for people who like their bars grown-up and atmospheric rather than riotous and super-trendy.
The bar has a railroad feel with a pressed tin ceiling and luggage racks overhead. Find it by looking out for the neon pink “psychic” sign glowing in the window. Bartenders with anachronistic parted hair and handlebar mustaches, suited in white chef’s jackets, prepare Golden Age renditions of the Pisco Sour, Manhattan, and Bloody Mary, and shake and muddle fresh ingredients for the throat-tickling Ginger Smash, fragrant strawberry Fraise Sauvage, and the Hemingway Daiquiri. A dinner menu of dishes such as roasted half chicken and whole rainbow trout is served in the dining room. There’s also a late night menu of snacks, available daily from midnight to 3:30am. And if you make it to closing time, you might just get a bowl of chicken soup on the house, to set you up for the bleary-eyed journey home.
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