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Cocktail Places to Explore in January!

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Ringing in the New Year Right!

I've put together a list of spots (and respective cocktails) that I'd like to enjoy during my month off in January. I do realize my list is expansive a bit aggressive, but goals should be that way. I want to challenge myself to check out some new neighborhoods and cocktails! Unlike many of my business school friends that will be jet-setting around the world, I will be exploring New York City!

If you have been to any of these places, please leave your comments and recommendations. Also, if you want to join me, please let me know! :)

Manhattan Spots

  • East Village
    • Maharlika ( has quite the reputation for its Sharon Cuneta, a Filipino twist on an eggnog
    • Evelyn ( is a spot that has a cocktail list that I've been wanting to experience. The "Is It Good?" is made with rye, rum, cloves, cardamom and matcha foam. Also, the Creme de Julius is a play on the oh-so-classy Orange Julius! Sign me up!
    • PDT ( - how have I not gone here yet? I'm embarrassed. I should go to Crif Dogs for something wrapped in bacon and then enter through the phone booth. I know it has become a bit of a tourist trap, but I'd love to go to at least say I've gone. Seasonally, TONY (Time Out New York) recommends the Great Pumpkin.
  • TriBeCa
    • Distilled ( the Mystic Mead (honey wine and spices served warm) looks incredible. I plan to go here for dinner - I want the Country Fried Duck and Waffles and the S'mores for dessert!
  • Lower East Side
  • NoHo
    • Saxon + Parole ( has a super quirky drink that I'm intrigued to try. I know my friend Liv would love it: the Celery Gimlet!
  • Flatiron
  • Midtown West
    • Lantern's Keep - I've tried to visit this tucked-away bar in The Iroquois Hotel with no luck before. I will be more successful this time! The mood and setting is perfect for a cold winter's night.

Brooklyn (mostly Williamsburg)

  • Williamsburg
    • Dram ( is located on the South Side. It is a super hipster cocktail spot and, based on Yelp!, it looks like the Hot Toddy is yum city
    • Post Office ( cozy whiskey bar in Brooklyn. They have a drink called The Jersey Fire Drill, made with applejack and hellfire habanero bitters, and the Pick-Me-Up, made with Bourbon, coffee, sweet vermouth and orange bitters. Must. Go.
    • The Richardson ( serves up classy ass cocktails at a good price. The North by Northwest, a gin based cocktail, Twin Palms, vodka based with cider.
    • Ba'sik ( has a cocktail featuring CACHACHA (also has hibiscus, mulling spices and lime) and is right next to The Richardson!
  • Cobble Hill / Gowanus