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NYC’s 5 Best Bars For New, Fun Cocktails

March 3, 2012 1:00 PM

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Are you stuck in a cocktail rut? Instead of ordering your usual, consider heading somewhere you can taste a drink you’ve never sipped before. At least one of these five spots is bound to give even the most seasoned imbiber a novel taste.
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Amor y Amargo

443 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10009
(212) 614-6817

This East Village shrine to bitters and amari — herbal Italian digestifs — provides a bounty for those looking to try something unique. Let the bartenders guide you through a range of options, from a straight taste of your amaro of choice served neat to eight mixed together in the Eight Amaro Sazerac, a mix of amari, Peychaud’s Bitters, Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate in a glass rinsed with Green Chartreuse.

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The Tippler

425 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-0000

If the last time you had a frozen drink was spring break or at a 7-Eleven, get ready to have your socks knocked off at the Tippler. Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay, the Tippling Brothers, have taken two classic cocktails along with one of their own creations, and given them the frozen treatment. Try the Snow-Groni or the Spazerac — extra chilly versions of the Negroni and the Sazerac, respectively.

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19 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-7261

If gin is more your speed, head to Whitehall. The team behind Mary Queen of Scots and Highlands goes British at this Greenwich Village bar and restaurant, giving gin the star treatment on their cocktail list. Be sure to check the chalkboard above the bar and ask for a taste of the Mother’s Ruin of the day, a daily gin selection, served on its own or with Fever Tree tonic. They select lesser-known gins, often produced in small batches, so it’s not likely to be something you’ve tasted in the past.

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Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 335-0446

As lovely as it is sitting in Maison Premiere’s backyard sipping rose in the summertime, it’s just as lovely, and arguably more cozy, sipping on mulled wine inside. The Mull it Over is a mix of red wine, Lillet Rouge, cinnamon syrup lemon, and Becherovka, a bitter herbal liqueur from the Czech Republic that you may not have yet stumbled upon in your boozy travels. It lends dark honey, cinnamon and ginger notes that’ll warm your cockles enough so you can settle in to enjoy the raw bar.

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11 Doyers Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 227-3099

Tequila? Sure. Mezcal? Been there, done that. Pulque? Que? Certainly a lesser known beverage than its fellow agave-based cousins, pulque is fermented rather than distilled. Try the classic version, or an infusion with various combinations of sweet, savory and tart ingredients often found in Mexico –limes, agave nectar, jicama, tomatillo, tamarind, and guava, among others — and either tequila or mezcal, for good measure.

For the latest on NYC’s bar and nightlife scene, follow us on Twitter!Laren Spirer is yet another lawyer (and freelance writer) obsessed with food and drink, who also blogs at Sweet Blog o’ Mine and tweets at @sweetblogomine.

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