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Battery Harris dark & stormy
Photograph: Courtesy of Anne Smith Dark & 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

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

Rum House Dark & Stormy
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Dark and Stormy at the Rum House

Bars Lounges Midtown West

Leave it to a rum bar to serve a perfect dark and stormy. A classic iteration featuring Gosling’s Black Seal rum, ginger beer and lime, this sipper is irresistible when paired with the Midtown spot's nightly live jazz music.

Dark ’n Stormy at Smith & Mills

Bars Lounges Tribeca

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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Dark & Stormy
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Dark and Stormy at Botanica Bar

Bars Lounges Nolita

This dark, stylish LES spot is a favorite among tipplers for its excellent happy hour deals and expertly mixed cocktails. Peppery with fresh ginger paste, the dark and stormys taste even better once you realize they cost just $8 during happy hour.

Blueprint
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Dark and Stormy at Blueprint

Bars Cocktail bars Flatiron

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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Battery Harris dark & stormy
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Dark and Stormy at Battery Harris

Restaurants Caribbean Williamsburg

A Caribbean-inspired restaurant and bar, Battery Harris’ beachy decor is definitely transporting. This spot offers two dark and stormy options: a classic on the rocks as well as a yummy frozen version. Can’t decide? One of each works, too.

Glady's Liz Clayman
Photograph: Courtesy Liz Clayman

Dark n Slushie at Glady’s

Restaurants Caribbean Crown Heights

Another Caribbean spot beloved for its spot-on jerk chicken, Crown Heights favorite Glady’s also features a fantastic cocktail menu. Its churned-in-house frozen dark and stormys are a no-brainer match for the restaurant’s spicy bites.

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S&K Dark-n-Stormy at Solomon and Kuff
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S&K Dark-n-Stormy at Solomon and Kuff

Bars Cocktail bars Harlem

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

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

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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