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Bathtub Gin

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4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Bathtub Gin

Time Out says

The conceit of this saloon may seem a bit tired: Yes, it's another hidden Prohibition-style speakeasy, this one showcasing a copper bathtub at its center. But the drinks list was created by fresh talent on New York's cocktail circuit—mixologist Sean Muldoon of Belfast, Ireland's lauded Merchant Hotel bar. Choose from his creations, like the West Side (gin, sherry, St. Germain, cucumber, basil) and the Jazz Age (rum, pampelmousse rose, cherry liqueur, grapefruit). To eat, find comfort-food small plates, such as fried oysters or pork belly sliders.



Address: 132 Ninth Ave
New York
Cross street: between 18th and 19th Sts
Transport: Subway: 1 to 18th St
Price: Average drink: $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Sun 6pm–1:30am; Wed–Sat 6pm–3:30am
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4 out of 5 stars

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The concept is tried and tested but somehow eternally effective: You step into what looks like a tiny coffee shop. The fact that this is still open at 11 pm on a Wednesday could already make you suspicious. You look around and eventually discover there is more than meets the eye. A hidden door opens and you step into a prohibition era style speakeasy. While there’s no good reason to be secretive about gin consumption in 21st century Manhattan, it’s definitely worth indulging into the vibe of ‘Bathtub gin’. This cute bar has a good atmosphere (think candlelit tables, old school tunes in the background and, of course, gin to your heart’s content.) The types range from the exotic and ridiculously expensive ('The ultimate G&T’ will set you back 95 dollars, we suspect because it features the Gold Reserve Gin) to the more affordable but still very enjoyable Gin-gin cup (dry gin, lemon, honey, pressed ginger with a hint of lavender extract). And of course we can’t forget about the centre piece of this quirky venue: a copper bathtub, in the middle of room. If you are wondering if this one is also filled with Gold Reserve Gin, the answer is no. It is empty and just adds to the decor, while also serving as a selfie hotspot. Quirky, relaxed and fun, Bathtub gin is definitely worth a visit.

This place is awesome - I loved the real speakeasy feel, as the place is a coffeeshop by day and from the outside, looks like a regular coffee joint. The drinks, though pricey [$15 a pop] are delicious, and the ~mixologists~ don't skip on the booze, or the herbal additions - the Bajan Punch had a kick of mint and nutmeg that really notched up the flavor. 

Tuesday is burlesque night, and the dancers are incredible (as are their costumes) - and match the truly 20's feel of the place, which is plush, dark, but definitely not quiet. Be prepared to bring your outdoor voice and fight for a spot at a table or at the bar.

The crowd was varied - mostly the hip and 20-something, but with a few older suits for good measure.

Overall, it's a fun and unique place to go - definitely will be back!

This is a fantastic speakeasy for locals and tourists. Whenever I take out of town guests there they always love the vibe and the cocktail list is also pretty awesome as well. I've always found the staff as friendly as New York bartenders (sorry mixologists!) come, which is just about okay but it never detracts from the experience. 

Definitely check this place out for those last couple of drinks before you head home. 

Step into a different era once you get the the hidden door of the store front coffee shop. Dimly lit, cozy booths, great signature cocktails & a burlesque show every Sunday & Tuesday make this a very entertaining spot. The copper tub in the middle makes for a great photo prop. But watch out when the show starts if your in the splash zone. Grab a few friends or your significant other and make it a great nite.


I had great expectations for this bar having heard about it from a few people and picked it out of the Lonely Planet guide (we were in NYC for a week). Sadly it did not meet our expectations. We eagerly waited out front of the unassuming coffee shop before being ushered through a wall into the hidden bar. First impressions were great, it ticked the boxes for a speakeasy, hidden entrance, dim lighting, 20s style decor and delicious cocktails. Sadly our enthusiasm stopped there, these guys have got the vibes so wrong. Belting Nicki Minaj out of the speakers and piling 'em in high seems to have attracted cocky, bolshy, affluent youngsters (I'm 28 and I felt old). I love a speakeasy and I was really looking forward to visiting one in their birthplace, but am sad to say it completely lacked the style and class of those I have visited in London, Sydney and Melbourne (I'm sure there are better ones in NYC). If I'm paying a premium for a cocktail, I want to sip and enjoy it, rather than be pushed and shoved around like I'm in a nightclub. Tip to the owners: sack off the chart music, make it seated only, and work on the floor staff's customer service skills. On a positive note, keep up the work on the cocktails, they really are great. 

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Well hidden speakeasy only given away by the small queue outside the coffee shop. Great atmosphere and selection of cocktails. Definitely worth a visit.


Great little find! Looks like a coffee shop from outside but this bar was alot of fun! We danced all night and drank alot of yummy cocktails, perfect!

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