There’s no denying that New York City is one of the best places to celebrate the holidays. It’s a great place to shop, eat and, of course, drink, especially during these festive months. Whether you’re in the mood for mulled wine or some seasonal spiked eggnog, the city has you covered. Check out five of the best New York City bars for holiday cocktails.
The Dead Rabbit
30 Water St.
New York, NY 10004
The Dead Rabbit is a great excuse to head downtown. With the world’s best new cocktail bar and menu, you’ll be sure to find a drink that’s right up your alley not only during the holidays, but year round. The restaurant boasts two bars with two different vibes. The taproom is the laid-back ground-floor bar and serves bottled punch, craft beer and whiskeys. The parlor is slightly more upscale and serves communal punch, along with 72 cocktails concocted by known bartenders from the nineteenth century. Make sure to try The Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee, also known as the perfect blend of whiskey, coffee, syrup, heavy cream and a spice that reminds you of holiday home-cooking – nutmeg.
129 E 18th St.
New York, NY 10003
Located near Union Square holiday market, Pete’s Tavern is an ideal place to stop for a drink in between your holiday shopping. Established in 1864, the tavern is one of the oldest bar’s in New York City. As a historical landmark, Pete’s Tavern upholds a number of unique traditions such as outfitting both the inside and outside of the building with impressive holiday decorations. The tavern is known for its delicious homemade eggnog and pub food. Spiked eggnog, good food and festive decor – what better way to get in the holiday spirit?
The Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St.
New York, NY 10014
The Spotted Pig is a must-stop spot located in the West Village. A gastropub serving delicious British and Italian food (try the burger), this establishment offers seasonally inspired dishes and drinks. Warm up with The Spotted Pig’s famous homemade mulled wine, available only during the cold-weather months. Looking for somewhere to enjoy cocktails on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Don’t forget to check out The Spotted Pig’s upcoming special menus page.
41 W 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
Betony’s general manager Eamon Rockey is the man you want in charge of your drinks. As one of the best mixologists in New York City, it’s a given that the restaurant’s cocktail menu is above-par. Bring your holiday guests to Betony and make sure they order the Betony Milk Punch, a crystal clear drink involving whiskey, tea, juice and milk. Keep in mind that the bar opens at 5 p.m.
Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar
17th Ave. S
New York, NY 10014
Just like peanut butter and jelly, wine and chocolate make the perfect pair. Luckily, Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar serves both in generous amounts. Cozy up with a glass of the bar’s tasty mulled wine during the long winter days. With a menu that includes chocolate martinis and fondue, this West Village gem is a great holiday party venue.
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