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Manhattan Cricket Club (CLOSED)

Bars, Cocktail bars Upper West Side
3 out of 5 stars
 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia RollisonJust A Kiss Away at Manhattan Cricket Club
 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia RollisonBend My Elbow at Manhattan Cricket Club
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Photograph: Virginia RollisonI'll Have Another at Manhattan Cricket Club
 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia RollisonBonfire of the Calamities at Manhattan Cricket Club
 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia RollisonManhattan Cricket Club
 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia RollisonManhattan Cricket Club

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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New York has plenty to brag about—Naples-level pizza reverence, pastries worthy of Paris and a sushi scene unrivaled outside of Tokyo. But a proper Down Under scene has been lacking, a void that Tim Harris and Matilda Boland are working to fill with a two-story ode to their native soil. A staircase up from their modern Australian bistro, Burke & Wills, hides this gold-brocaded, cricket-inspired cocktail parlor, a polished upgrade from the shrimp-on-the-barbie kitsch that’s oft plagued past Aussie efforts.

DRINK THIS: A downtown-worthy tipple. In a neighborhood short on cocktail culture, Summit Bar founder Greg Seider offers pricey but potent quaffs ($18) inspired by commonwealth cricket hubs like India and South Africa. The I’ll Have Another jolts a dark-and-stormy base of sweet rum and shaved ginger with the spice-heavy bite of garam masala–infused agave, while the kafir lime’s Malay sweetness tempers a smoky spritz of campfire essence in the vodka-based Bonfire of the Calamities.

GOOD FOR: A genteel proxy for a bro-baiting sports lounge. While the downstairs eatery speaks to new-age Australia, the mirrors-and-mahogany cocktail den has old-world leanings. The space is modeled after Melbourne’s posh, turn-of-the-20th-century cricket clubs: Sepia team portraits stud the baroque papered walls, bat-and-ball regalia pepper bookshelves lined with dusty Dickens tomes, and—refreshingly—there’s not one blaring flatscreen in sight.

THE CLINCHER: The clubhouses of yore were upper-crust, members-only affairs—the stately bar tips a baggy green to tradition with its private liquor-locker program. Regulars can have go-to bottles held in personal lockers styled after antique trophy cases, a perk of a $500 annual membership (along with member outings and private events). You may not know a googly from a gazunder, but at least you can drink like you do.

By: Christina Izzo



Address: 226 W 79th St
Cross street: between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway
Transport: Subway: 1 to 79th St
Price: Average cocktail: $15. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours: Daily 7pm-2am
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