Known for designer boutiques, art galleries and trendy restaurants, Soho is NYC’s quintessential quadrant of downtown chic. While the neighborhood’s nightlife options range from upscale to divey, there are plenty of world-class cocktail bars to choose from. Here are the best spots for crafty drinks on the streets south of Houston Street. By Selena Ricks-Good.

Pegu Club

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77 W. Houston St.
New York, NY
(212) 473-7348

Pegu Club calls itself “the best cocktail lounge in SoHo,” and the self-promotion is far from unwarranted. Head bartender Kenta Goto was named American Bartender of the Year at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail (a national bartending convention), owner Audrey Sanders is considered one of the masters of the modern mixology movement, and the bar has won several awards since opening in 2005. Discretely located on the second floor, this lounge offers a plush Asian-inspired atmosphere and unique libations such as the Earl Grey MarTEAni (Earl Grey-infused gin, lemon juice, egg white and simple syrup).


The Dutch

131 Sullivan St.
New York, NY
(212) 677-6200

Andrew Carmellini’s trendy American restaurant has been abuzz since opening about a year ago, and the cocktail program by Naren Young has been as much of a draw as the cuisine. While you wait for a table, try the Junebug Sling (Rhum Clement Canne Bleue, Benedictine, Watermelon, Grenadine, and Lime) or the Diamond Cutter (Skyy Vodka, Dolin Genepy, Strawberry, and Orange Bitters).


The Crosby Bar at The Crosby Street Hotel

270 Lafayette St.
New York, NY
(212) 226-6400

If you’re okay with spending $18 a drink, choose from a wide list of  cocktails at this art-filled British boutique hotel bar. Classics include the Blood and Sand, The Zombie, and The Last Word, while seasonal drinks such as the Evening Smoke (mezcal, Tia Maria, espresso and cream) are as charming as the brightly colored scenery.


Jimmy at The James Hotel

15 Thompson St.
New York, NY
(212) 201-9118

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The rooftop pool may still be closed for the season, but that’s no reason to skip the bar scene at this new hotel bar with stunning panoramic views. Sip on cocktails such as the Dirty Little Secret (Tito’s Vodka, Dry Vermouth, Celery Bitters, Steak Sauce Olive Brine) or the Mexican Honey Bee (Milagro Reposado Tequila, Los Amantes Mezcal, Honey Lemon, Lavender Bitters, Smoked Sea Salt).

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