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The 3 Best Cocktail Bars In Gramercy And Murray Hill

August 2, 2011 2:00 PM

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The streets northwest of Union Square may be known for post-grad pubs, but look closely and there are some elegant nightlife options in the mix. Loosen up with the smartly dressed women and men who work and live in the area at these cocktail bars. By Selena Ricks-Good.
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Teqa

447 3rd Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 213-3223
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This taqueria and tequila bar opened by French Connection’s Derek Axelrod and Derek Jeter’s personal chef, Lisa Schoen,  sports a seductive interior design from the same team behind Avenue. Naturally, the cocktail program is stellar as well, and was designed by top mixologists John Lermayer of The Florida Room in Miami and Naren Young of Locanda Verde and The Dutch in NYC. Let the Voodoo Child (reposado tequila, Navan Vanilla Liqueur, maple syrup, pressed pineapple and fresh lemon) cast a spell on you.

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‘inoteca e liquori bar

323 3rd Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 683-3035
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The uptown sister of the Lower East Side hotspot, this Italian restaurant offers an extensive wine list and a full cocktail menu at a sleek bar. You’ll find several amaro cocktails here, such as the Howick Hall (Ramazzotti Amaro, Breuckelen Gin, Luxardo Maraschino, lemon juice and Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6), as well as classics like the Whiskey Smash (Four Roses Bourbon, mint, sugar and fresh fruit). Come early or late, as the bar fills up fast after work hours.

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Rose Bar

2 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 920-3300
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One of the most romantic bars in the city, Rose Bar is a plush bohemian lounge featuring furniture designed by Julian Schnabel, a fireplace in winter, and artwork by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others. Dress to impress, as the fashion set often mingles here after hours. Sip on a watermelon mint martini and you’ll fit right in. After 9 p.m., reservations are required. Requests can be sent to rosebar@gramercyparkhotel.com.

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

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