at the St. Regis Hotel
King Cole Bar & Salon
2 East 55th St @ 5th Ave
Monday – Saturday 11:30AM – 1AM
Sunday 12PM – 12AM
(212) 753 4500
Head over to the St. Regis Hotel and enjoy a Bloody Mary at the bar where it was invented in 1934. French bartender Fernand Petiot introduced the “Red Snapper” to his patrons at the King Cole Bar & Salon. Its original name was changed to Bloody Mary after the hotel staff thought it was too vulgar for its upscale clients. The dimly lit bar is centered around a mural by painter Maxfield Parrish titled “Ole King Cole.”
Favorite Coffee Shop
1744 2nd Ave @ 91st St
Monday – Thursday 7AM – 12AM
Friday – Saturday 7AM – 2AM
Sunday – 7AM – 12AM
(212) 410 6449
Longtime Upper East Side residents may remember the DTUT that was originally on 2nd Ave near 84th St before closing in 2007. The bar and coffee shop hybrid, which stands for Downtown Uptown has since reopened just a few blocks north on 2nd Ave and 91st St. In addition to offering free Wi-Fi and a cozy coffee shop ambiance all year round, their iced mocha and weekly fondue specials that pair a cheese, chocolate, or s’mores fondue with a bottle of wine for $32 are worth the visit.
Laundry, Grilled Cheese, and Drinks!
The Wash House
44 East 1st btwn 2nd Ave and 1st Ave
Monday – Sunday 10AM – 7PM
(310) 367 2301
Grab a class of beer or wine or even a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich while hanging out with friends and getting your laundry done on the Lower East Side. The Wash House, which opened in February, uses 100% all natural organic detergent at the laundry service area in the back. There is also free Wi-Fi, and a rustic environment to get work done or hangout with friends. Even it is too far to bring your laundry, stop in and grab a drink at this new downtown spot.
Cold Chocolates and Marshmallows
3 West 18th St @ 5th Ave
Monday – Saturday 7:30AM – 7pm
Sunday 10AM – 6PM
(212) 366 1414
The City Bakery is famous for its gourmet hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows, but now there is a way to enjoy them with their seasonal “Cold Chocolates” this year. The bakery has been around since 1990 and gained a deserving reputation for the best chocolate treats and pastries downtown. Located near shopping and restaurants it can be the perfect place to bring your kids to enjoy something sweet.
Beer in a Botanical Garden
Taste the World: Botanical Brew Fest at Queens Botanical Garden
$45 if purchased before July 18th
$50 at the door
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main St Flushing, Queens
12PM – 7PM
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, you can enjoy a glass of beer from a selection of international and local craft beers. There will also be live music and tours of the garden for entertainment. The breweries scheduled to be at this year’s event include Crispin, Six Point, Smutty Nose, Southern Tier, Abita, Oskar Blues, Great South Bay, Ayinger, Williams Bros Brewing Co, 961 Beer, Crabbies, and Singha Beer, Lammsbrau, and Sam Smith. The full schedule of events will be posted soon on their website, and you must be 21 or older to attend.
Great Rooftop Drinks
542 West 27th St btwn 10th and 11th Ave
Monday – Thursday 5PM – 11PM
Friday – Saturday 4PM – 1AM
Sunday 11:30 AM – 4PM & 5PM – 11PM
(212) 564 1662
Everyone is looking for a good rooftop to drink at during the summer, and the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea delivers. The bar is named Gallow Green, and it feels as though you are drinking at a bar located on the High Line. Old railroad tracks, strings of twinkle lights, and tons of greenery make it one of the more relaxing places to grab a drink. They also have a good variety of small plates if you are hungry, have been known to offer seed packets to their guests to start their own gardens at home.
Date Night Cocktails
103 W 77th St @ Columbus Ave
Monday – Thursday 5:30PM – 10PM
Friday – Saturday 5 – 10:30 PM
Sunday 11:30AM – 2PM & 5PM – 10:30PM
(212) 362 3800
This Upper West Side restaurant has gained an impressive reputation for its food, but it can also be a great place to grab a drink. The upscale eatery has a great environment for a date night drink, offering a long list of custom cocktails. Most noteably the Rhubarb-Basil Fizz which features vodka, opal basil, rhubarb, and bitter lemon soda. In addition to great cocktail selections, you can also choose from their extensive beer and wine lists.
Beer a the Oldest Irish Pub in NYC
McSorley’s Old Ale House Est. 1854
15 East 7th ST btwn 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave
Monday – Saturday 11AM – 1AM
Sunday 1PM – 1AM
(212) 474 9148
This historic pub started as a watering hole in 1854 and has since claimed the title as New York City’s oldest continuously operated saloon. Make sure to wear summer sandals because the floors are usually covered with peanut shells and sawdust, but it is a fun environment to have some historic craft beer. They serve a light and dark version of McSorley’s Ale, which is the same beer they have been serving for 150 years. This is a great place to bring friends from out of town, and we recommend going on a weeknight because on weekends it gets extremely crowded.
Great Whiskey with a Splash of Bacon
Barley & Grain
421 Amsterdam Ave @ 81ST
Monday – Wednesday 5PM – 1AM
Thursday – Saturday 5PM – 2AM
Sunday 10AM – 12AM
(646) 360 3231
If you are a whiskey lover we highly recommend checking out the bar Barley & Grain on East 81st St. They offer a selection of 100 whiskeys, 60% bourbon and 40% scotch with brands like Hudson Bay Bourbon and Highwest OMG Pure Rye. The standout cocktail is their Bacon Manhattan, which is made with bacon infused buffalo trace, sweet vermouth and bitters.
Fresh Summer Ingredients
235 West 12th St @ Greenwich Ave
Sunday – Monday 5PM – 12AM
Tuesday – Wednesday 5PM – 12:30 PM
Friday – Saturday 5PM – 1AM
Wallflower is an extremely charming small restaurant tucked away in the West Village that is well worth the trip. They have creative mixologists behind the bar who have created a unique cocktail menu full of fresh ingredients. Drink prices range from $12-$17, and they also offer a menu of lightly portioned food as well. It is difficult to choose just one drink from their impressive list but some of the most notable are the Arlay Sour, which is made with chamomile, infused Citadelle gin, Chateau D’arlay Macvin Du Jura, lemon juice, honey syrup and lavender bitters. Another great choice for a hot summer night is the drink named The Fake Russian, with tea infused Absolut Vodka, lime juice, smoked pineapple syrup, green chartreuse, and habanero bitters.
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