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The best cocktail experiences you should have in NYC

If you want to call yourself a New Yorker, you need to drink the coolest, funkiest cocktails at the best bars in the city

By Céline Bossart and Time Out New York contributors

New York City’s drinking scene is in a league of its own, and there’s no shortage of cocktail experiences you need to test-drink if you want to truly be part of this city. From classic, high-end quaffs to wacky hot spots and booze with views at rooftop bars, those who crave new experiences face no shortage of choices. After all, that’s what the city’s about: options. Cocktail lovers, drink your heart out.

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Cocktail experiences you should have in NYC

Raines Law Room
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11. Ring the bell for cocktail service at Raines Law Room

Bars Lounges Flatiron

Step into a bygone era and cozy up to one of the two Raines Law Room locations’ plush seats. Once you’ve made your choice from the menu of classic and inventive concoctions, simply press the button on the wall for service. (It’s the little things.)


13. Toast the ghosts of the Algonquin Round Table

Restaurants Contemporary American Midtown West

Back in the 1920s, a group of 30 actors, publicists and writers lunched regularly together around a round table in the Algonquin Hotel over the course of eight years. Literary aficionados can still go to the hotel today to drink in the spirit of the legendary group.

Loopy Doopy
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16. Suck on prosecco ice pops at the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

Bars Cocktail bars Battery Park City

Fruity tipples come with a side of stunning downtown views at this drinking spot overlooking the Hudson River waterfront. The 55-seat bar, located on the 16th floor of the chic Conrad Hotel has become known for its prosecco-infused ice pops dunked in a glass of prosecco.


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