December drink deals
Forget the 12 days of Christmas, the eight days of Hanukkah or the seven days of Kwanzaa-this is 31 days of TONY holiday drinks.
Tue Dec 1 2009
At midday, each day’s drink special will appear below. Click on today’s date for a seasonal drink at a special price for TONYreaders—drinks are available all month, but the deal is good for today only. Ask for the TONYspecial.
Drink: Sugarplum martini, $12 (normally $14)
Bar: Bookmarks (299 Madison Ave at 41st St, 14th floor, 212-983-4500, libraryhotel.com)
Make midtown your holiday base camp—skate in Bryant Park, shop at Grand Central, or just peruse the department-store windows—then top it off with a fizzy delight made of Stoli Raspberri and Mot & Chandon champagne, poured over a chambord-infused sugar cube. That tinkling in your ear is the sweet sound of the season...or maybe the bubbly going straight to your brain.
Drink: Sherry Pie, $8 (normally $12)
The Rockefeller Center tree gets lit tonight, and so should you—but in a much more refined manner, of course. Stay far from the cheese of midtown at the homey Louis 649, where you can stir up your holiday spirit with a Sherry Pie, a blend of sherry, rum, maraschino liqueur, honey syrup, cream and cinnamon.
Drink: Family Therapy, $6 (normally $8)
Bar: Full Circle Bar (318 Grand St between Havemeyer St and Marcy Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Down the block at 303Grand, Brad Nack hosts his 100% Reindeer Art Tour, a collection of quadripeds that put Rudolph to shame; following that, head to this Skee-Ball-themed drinkery for this special combo of Genessee Cream Ale and a shot of house whiskey (good through the end of the year) and a round of reindeer games.
Drink: Mistletoe Martini, $12 (normally $14)
Bar: The Campbell Apartment (Grand Central Terminal, 15 Vanderbilt Ave at 43rd St, off the West Balcony; 212-953-0409)
After catching the Yale Glee Club perform in Grand Central, head upstairs to the former office of business tycoon John W. Campbell to loosen your tie over muddled cranberries soaked in St. Elilzabeth’s Allspice Dram, pear-flavored Grey Goose, maple syrup, lemon juice and mint. That last ingredient is to help you stay fresh for when you turn to kiss the person standing next to you.
Drink: Hot Apple Cider, $5 (normally $6)
Bar: Union Pool (484 Union Ave at Meeker Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-609-0484)
Avoid outdoor bars in the winter? Why? Stay warm in this Williamsburg joint’s backyard with cinnamony cider (the special’s good through Sunday); hit it after grooving to the Beatles Complete on Ukulele Festival at N8, or head straight to Union Pool for a set by Bowerbirds at Union Pool.
Drink: Harvest Cider Martini, $6 (normally $12)
Bar: Cafeteria (119 Seventh Ave at 17th St; 212-414-1717, cafeteriagroup.com)
The secret to this martini is the careful choice of apple juice. Or maybe it’s the Bulldog gin and St-Germain elderflower liqueur, shaken together into a crisp blend, or that it’s served just steps away from today’s giant Bust Craftacular; but in the midst of the fattening holidays, we’re going to focus on the fruit.
Drink: Pickled martini, $5 (normally $9), and any draft beer, $4 (normally $6)
After learning about the ghosts of Astoria Park past at the Greater Astoria Historical Society’s holiday party (astorialic.org; 7pm, free), walk a few blocks to Sweet Afton to contemplate your Christmas future. Grab a pickled martini—Tito’s vodka with Brooklyn-made McClure’s pickle juice— or any draft brew to help you mull it over.
Drink: Hot spiked cider, $4 (normally $8)
Get your fill of warmth and buzz before tearing it up to live and deejayed music at tonight’s 8pm Brooklyn the Party at Public Assembly nearby.
Drink: The Molotov Cocktail, $7 (normally $9)
Laugh like the jolly big guy would at the Red Room’s opening-night performance of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, a dark comedy that follows what happens when one of Santa’s reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment. Then head over to Communist-themed KGB Bar for the second bomb of the night—only this time in the form of vodka, rum and tequila. You could ask bartender and drink creator Dan Christian exactly how he makes it, but then he’d have to kill you.
Drink: The Holly and Ivy, $6 (normally $10)
Huddle with the crowds at the Washington Square Park Christmas-tree lighting; then head to this gilded cage for fresh cranberries and basil muddled with bourbon and a hint of lime. Carol singing optional.
Drink: The Ginger Man Ale, $5.50 (normally $6.50)
Even if you don’t know your mishpokhe from your Manischewitz, you can celebrateHanukkah at the secular Jewish fete at the Community Church of NYC; then pop over to midtown’s copper-toned beer tavern for a 20-ounce brewski.
Drink: Jameson and ginger beer, $6 (normally $8)
Santacon is on, so you won’t be able to escape the teeming hordes of Saint Nicks. Hide out in bookish Union Hall, downing whiskey and ginger beer like a good tweedy intellectual.
Drink: White-chocolate martini and small plate, $8
Bar: Cafe Bar (32-90 36th St between Broadway and 34th Ave, Astoria, Queens; 718-204-5273)
When you’re done browsing the wares at Astoria’s Handmade Holiday Market, swing by Cafe Bar to celebrate its anniversary. Get a free small plate of food, chosen from chef Michael Navarro’s menu of more than a dozen items, with your first cocktail of the night.
Drink: Hot spiced cider, $6 (normally $8)
Stop by this lively performance space for tonight’s interactive lecture “Beyond Belief: A Philosophical Proof of Santa Claus.” Then stick around to hear Venezuelan folkster Yva Las Vegass, gospel band Amelia Jackie and Southern indie-rock quartet Dolly Trolly as you warm up to the idea of Santa’s existence with a spiked cider.
Food: Fig-and-tequila gelato, $1 off any size (normally small $5, medium $7, large $9)
Bar: Screme (2030 Broadway between 69th and 70th Sts, 212-362-2111; 242 W 42nd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves; 877-972-7363, screme.com)
You’ve made it halfway through the month! Time to give your liver a break (well, sort of) with a couple hair-of-the-dog scoops.
Drink: Guinness, $6 (normally $7)
Give your sweet tooth a damn break already and stop by Manhattan College’s Irish oasis for a solid pint.
Drink: Sugar Plum Spice, $4 (normally $12)
Doors to the former massage parlor open at 7pm tonight for a trio of free events: erotic reading series “In the Flesh” (8--10pm), the Ether dance party with False Aristocracy’s Lena Marquise and Frances Eugenia (ground floor, 10pm), and the Tip dance party’s mix of disco, funk, breakbeat, house, electro and hip-hop (lower level 10pm). All the while, sip your drink of the day—Stoli Gala Applik, fig jam, cinnamon-infused simple syrup and fresh lemon.
Drink: The Grinch, two for one (normally $10)
Bar: Billie’s Black Bar Lounge (271 W 119th St at St. Nicholas Ave; 212-280-2248, billiesblack.com)
Shun Christmas altogether with tonight’s solstice celebration at Central Park followed by this antiholiday drink (gin, Midori, pineapple juice) at Billie’s. Bah humbug.
Drink: Hot apple cider, $5 (normally $10)
Crane your neck to watch ice-skating in midair as part of Suspended Cirque’s 12 Acts of Christmas at Galapagos Art Space, then duck below Water Street Restaurant & Lounge to its subterranean bar area for a mug of hot cider spiked with rum.
Drink: Candy Apple Martini, $7 (normally $9)
Bar: Cowgirl Seahorse (259 Front St at Dover St, 212-608-7873)
After stocking up for winter at the regional New Amsterdam Market (South St between Beekman St and Peck Slip, newamsterdammarket.org), you’ll need a stiff alcoholic concoction at vaguely Coney Island--themed Cowgirl Seahorse.
Drink: Bourbon Insider Hot Toddy, $5 (normally $9)
Brooklyn’s whiskey warehouse houses more than 300 varieties of the drink, so we’re doing the narrowing-down for you with this blend of Old Taylor, mulled cider, lemon and ginger—a perfect toasty treat on the dark, cold winter solstice.
Drink: Glhwein, $3 (normally $8)
Bar: Tandem (236 Troutman St between Knickerbocker and Wilson Aves, Bushwick, Brooklyn; 718-386-2369, tandembar.net)
Get yourself prepped for any family visit you’ll be making (or avoiding) later this week with a couple hours at Tandem, a smartly designed new Bushwick local crafted by sisters Jane and Cathy Virga. Try to soak up some of their familial warmth in a classic concoction of brandy, orange zest and mulled red wine—served hot in ceramic cups painted by customers.
Drink: Apple Cider Cocktail, two for one (normally $12)
It’s Christmas Eve eve! Time to celebrate with a mixture of Tanteo tequila chocolate and jalapeo infusions with cider and allspice.
Drink: The Blitzen, $5 (normally $10)
Even if Jesus isn’t your homeboy, you can still party on Christmas Eve. For proof, look no further than Heebonism, Heeb magazine’s notoriously rowdy annual throwdown, which this year includes live performances by indie rockers the Shondes and holiday pop diva Chevonne. If the free one-hour vodka pouring at the beginning of the night doesn’t get you blitzed, Fontana’s half-price pomegranate martini garnished with a candy cane should help. You’ll need it to play strip dreidel with the KinkyJews.
Drink: Asian Mulled Wine, two for one (normally $12)
Bar: Chow Bar (230 W 4th St at 10th St, 212-633-2212)
Chow Bar specializes in interpretations of classic cocktails with Asian ingredients, so they’ll do the same for glhwein on Christmas Day, serving it along with hearty winter foods like filet mignon.
Drink: Abita Christmas Ale, $5 (normally $6)
Bar: Standings Bar (43 E 7th St between Bowery and Second Ave, 212-420-0671)
The day after Christmas (or Boxing Day, as they call it in some parts of the world) is made for kicking back to watch some sports. Head to convivial East Village beer bar Standings and keep the yuletide spirit flowing with Abita Christmas Ale while it’s still seasonally appropriate.
Drink: Golden Delicious, $9 (normally $12)
On the third day of Christmas, your true love (that’d be us) gave to you: three bucks off the Golden Delicious, a tasty cold beverage concocted from Laird’s applejack, honey and lemon juice. Mmmm. If you feel like you have to really earn this kind of treat, sign up for NYC Discovery’s Victorian Christmas: Origins of Christmas Traditions walking tour first (212-465-3331; 2pm, $18; call for reservations).
Drink: Crantini, two for one (normally $12)
Bar: Picnic Market Cafe (2665 Broadway at 102nd St; 212-222-8222, picnicmarket.com)
Today, the New York Academy of Sciences presents “Unnatural Selection: Population Control and the Struggle to Remake Humanity” at the Picnic Cafe at 6pm. Drink up—the whole overpopulation mess will seem much less daunting in the face of this blend of Stoli Apple, cranberry juice, apple cider and crystalized ginger.
Drink: Captain Lawrence Espresso Stout, pitcher $15 (normally $18)
Bar: Studio Square (35-33 36th St between 35th and 36th Aves, Long Island City, Queens; 718-383-1001, studiosquarenyc.com)
This gargantuan beer garden—which has been winterized with heating lamps and plenty of indoor seating—is one of the few bars in the city to serve microbrewery Captain Lawrence’s eye-opening beer, brewed with coffee beans from Croton’s Black Cow Coffee Company. It’s available until January 1, but we have a feeling you’ll need the caffeine now to make it to the new year.
Drink: The Rompope, $12 (normally $14)
Bar: The Oak Room (Plaza Hotel, 10 Central Park South at Fifth Ave; 212-758-7777, oakroomny.com)
The Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room gives egg nog an upgrade with The Rompope (Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Mexican Vanilla, Mexican Cinnamon), which is served with savory churros.
Drink: TONY Champagne Punch, 2-for-1, 4--7pm (normally $14)
It’s never too early to start the New Year’s toast with a brew made specially for TONY, mixing Piper-Heidsieck bubbly with sparkling sake, fresh lime, lychee and chambord. Now who’s ready to go back to the beginning and start again?