New destination bars
Groundbreaking gin joints, massive beer halls and neighborhood wine bars break out this season.
Mon Aug 22 2011
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Bourgeois Pig Brooklyn
Bourgeois Pig Brooklyn
New cocktail bars
The owners of New York institution the '21' Club convert a section of the ground floor of the restaurant into a classic cocktail lounge. Sip time-honored tipples—like the Southside (gin, lemon, sugar, mint and soda)—that were invented in the storied space. Drinkers can soak up the booze with bar snacks like soft pretzels. 21 W 52nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-582-7200). Mid-September.
The Bourgeois Pig Brooklyn
Ravi DeRossi (Death & Company, Cienfuegos) will expand his French-inspired saloon from the East Village to Carroll Gardens sometime in October. Unlike the wine-and-beer-only Manhattan original, this location has a full liquor license and a cocktail list emphasizing Continental spirits (Spanish brandies, Italian amari, Dutch sour beers) designed by Dram's Frank Cisneros. 387 Court St between 1st and 2nd Pls, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (no phone yet). Early October.
Get herb- and botanical-infused cocktails at this appointment-only bar, from madcap mixologist Albert Trummer (Apotheke, Theater Bar). The lounge will be decorated to resemble Sigmund Freud's 19th-century Vienna office. 114 Franklin St between Church St and West Broadway (212-334-3633). Mid-September.
The owners of the Pink Tea Cup open this 70-seat cocktail bar, serving chicken, waffles and sliders. Choose from a list of specialty quaffs, such as a watermelon margarita or a lychee mojito.). 200 Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) at 120th St (no phone yet). Early October.
The Vault at Pfaff's
This subterranean bohemian drinkery, once the haunt of Walt Whitman, has had multiple incarnations since it opened in the 1850s. (Most recently the space was home to Table 50.) The storied spot will soon be resurrected again as a classic cocktail lounge, outfitted with a century-old oak bar. 643 Broadway at Bleecker St (212-253-5421). Early September.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Former No. 7 drinks-slinger Max Messier doles out creative cocktails—like the Mr. Disco, made with tea-infused rum, pineapple syrup, bitters, lime juice and soda—at this Brooklyn saloon. To eat, find Mexican-influenced bites, like grilled fish tacos with shredded cabbage. 433 Third Ave between 7th and 8th Sts, Gowanus, Brooklyn (347-559-6360). Early November.