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NYC’s 3 Best Bars For Punch

August 18, 2011 1:18 PM

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Why have a cocktail by the glass when you can have it by the bowlful? Today’s punch is far different from the syrupy sweet stuff you drank during college. Based on classic recipes, punch is an easy way to please a crowd. Here are some NYC bars serving libations by the ladle. By Selena Ricks-Good.
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Cienfuegos

433 E. 6th St.
New York, NY
(212) 614-6818
cienfuegosny.com

This Cuban rum bar was the first in NYC to develop an entirely punch-based drink menu. The punches come in three serving sizes: single glass, two to three, and groups of four to six. Settle into the tropical decor and unwind with a bowl of the Isle of Manhattan Fizz (Oronoco, Plymouth Gin, coconut puree, lime juice, pineapple juice, orange flower water and soda) or the Caribbean Fish House Punch (Hennessy VS, Smith and Cross Rum, peach brandy, maraschino liqueur and lemon juice).

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1534

20 Prince St.
New York, NY
(212) 966-5073
jacquesnyc.com/1534

Inspired by the French colonies, this underground lair’s cocktail menu includes several global-themed punches. Serving sizes range from vintage tea kettles to bowls for groups of 10, ranging in price from $35 to $130. For a taste of something exotic, sip the French Polynesian Society Island Cooler (aged rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, demerara syrup, ginger juice and grated nutmeg) or the Indochine Haloong Bay (green tea-infused gin, yuzu juice, pineapple juice, lime juice and ginger agave syrup).

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Clover Club

210 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 855-7939
cloverclubny.com

Since opening in 2008, Julie Reiner’s classic cocktail bar has made a point to include vintage bowls of punch on its sprawling drink list. Serving four to six for $46, punches on the current menu include Kentile Punch (rye whiskey, chamomile-infused dry vermouth, lemon juice, honey and orange bitters) and the Punch de Grace (gin, Lillet Blonde, elderflower liqueur, pineapple juice, lemon juice and Benedictine).

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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.

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