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Photograph: Courtesy of Anne SmithDark & Stormy at Battery Harris

The best dark and stormys in NYC

Go tropical with a dark and stormy, the rum-and-ginger beer drink that expands well beyond cheesy tiki bars

Written by
Lauren Rothman
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We love a good dark and stormy cocktail: Made with dark rum and spicy ginger beer, they instantly transport us from the concrete jungle to the tropics. Luckily, there are plenty of bars in NYC—both tiki bars and not—where you can grab the best cocktail, whether you like yours classic or boozy and frozen. These are the best places to get a dark and stormy cocktail in NYC.

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Best dark and stormys in NYC

Dark ’n Stormy at Smith & Mills
  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Tribeca
  • price 4 of 4

Featuring a Bauhaus-inspired interior, this Tribeca gem’s design sensibility makes it destination-worthy. That’s not the only reason you should visit the Tribeca carriage house: Its delicious dark and stormy is extra perky due to the use of muddled ginger and fresh lime juice.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Flatiron
  • price 2 of 4

The team behind Long Tan has converted the former Thai-restaurant space into a cocktail bar, now decorated with mahogany paneling and Italian granite tables. Park Slopers can sip on one of nine creative cocktails, including the Swedish Monk (gin, pear cider, chartreuse) and the High and Dry (rye whiskey, anise bitters, vermouth, orange twist). Soak up all the booze with a few small plates, including selections of meat and cheese, potpies and rillettes.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Harlem
  • price 2 of 4

Named for the sons of Venture Smith, an 18th-century former slave who purchased his own freedom and went on to become a successful entrepreneur, this capacious Harlem restaurant and rum bar serves up more than 100 international varieties of the cane spirit. With two types of rum and house-made ginger beer, S&K’s signature dark and stormy is a solid interpretation.

Dark and Stormy at Little Branch
  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • West Village
  • price 4 of 4

Craft cocktail pioneer Sasha Petraske’s underground West Village drinks den offers a complete menu of intricate sippers. If you’re feeling indecisive, we’ll make it easy: Its simple, straightforward dark and stormy is a smooth, spicy winner.

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Dark and Stormy at Réunion
  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • price 2 of 4

A tiki-inspired spot marked by a big yellow surfboard, Réunion is the ideal place to escape from the madness of Times Square. Its classic dark and stormy features Gosling’s Black Seal rum and spicy fresh ginger. Yum.

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