There is no bar to belly up to at this louche lounge. Drinks are prepared in a beautiful but half-hidden back room surrounded by gleaming examples of every tool and gizmo a barkeep could wish for. From this gorgeous tableau comes an austere cocktail list, which includes classics like the Manhattan and Negroni, and variations thereof. The Old Cuban (rum, champagne, mint and bitters) smacks of a mojito with something to celebrate. And the velvety Japanese, powered by brandy and orgeat (almond-and-rosewater syrup), is so strong it could serve itself. Who needs a barstool anyway?
Raines Law Room
|Venue name:||Raines Law Room||Contact:|
48 W 17th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Sixth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 5pm–2am; Fri, Sat 5pm–3am; Sun 7pm–1am|
|Transport:||Subway: F, V to 14th St; L to Sixth Ave|
|Price:||Average drink: $13. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|