An ornate yet nondescript door hides the passageway to this cavernous basement bar at the Chelsea Market. The Tippler, owned by Michael Barrett and run by Paul Tanguy and Tad Carducci of the Tippling Bros., is a tad too new to have formed a solid identity yet. Industrial-style furnishings and decorative touches such as antique gold-embroidered books lend to a speakeasy feel, yet the large open space suggests a live music or dance environment.
This drink, from the recently opened New York bar The Tippler, was inspired by Rocket Pops from the ice cream trucks of childhood. Tippling Bros. co-founder Tad Carducci says the challenge was getting the cocktail to taste "something like an actual Rocket Pop, but with sophisticated, complex flavors as well." By layering a refreshing blend of gin, blue curacao, and lemon over a spicy homemade chile-hibiscus syrup, Carducci created a cocktail with great depth of flavor—and a bit of a sense of humor.
While the East Village may be the more expected destination for a cocktail-lover's night out—it's got everything from classics PDT and Death + Co. to newcomers like Booker and Dax—the West Village has its fair share of great drinks, too. You might find fewer straight-up cocktail bars, but these days we're seeing good bar programs in all sorts of places: at restaurants, at Scotch bars and wine bars and pubs. Here are 10 great drinks in the West Village for your next night out.
As the holidays approach, Manhattan's major attractions draw bigger crowds than ever. And what does just about everyone need after a long day of sightseeing or holiday shopping? A drink. Here are our favorite drinking destinations near major tourist attractions.