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.
|Venue name:||Manhattan Cricket Club|
226 W 79th St
|Cross street:||between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway|
|Opening hours:||Daily 7pm-2am|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to 79th St|
|Price:||Average cocktail: $15. AmEx, MC, V|
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This little speak easy is sneakily hidden in an Australian restaurant. Enter the restaurant and ask for the bar and you'll be taken through a secret padded door, up some well decored stairs into the a beautiful cosy yet gatsby style bar. The mirrored tables, smooth ambience, and textured walls all add to the atmosphere. Our waitress was lovely, she was completely on top our drinks and provided great explanations and recommendations for those of us that were undecided on what to drink. Whist the cocktail menu was very adventurous, mixing in exotic ingredients like Garam Masala, I found them to be quite sharp and not quite balanced. With the average price of a drink being approx $15 I'm not sure I'd hurry back just for the cocktails. The deserts we're delicious though. The warm chocolate cake didn't last long, paired with a vanilla scoop. I'm sure I will be back, but it will be for the ambience and a glass of champagne.