Mulberry Project

Bars , Cocktail bars Little Italy
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Mulberry Project (time out, Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
time out, Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Mulberry Project
Mulberry Project (time out, Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
time out, Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Mulberry Project
Mulberry Project (Time Out, Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Time Out, Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Mulberry Project
Mulberry Project (Time Out, Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Time Out, Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Mulberry Project
Cool-hunters looking for a break from clubland can hit this underground boîte, tucked away beneath a cut-rate handbag shop in Little Italy. The unlikely hot spot—complete with a strict door policy—is a testament to the nightlife bona fides of the bar’s owners, who have cashed in on their affiliations (GoldBar, Bagatelle, Milk and Honey) to create this sceney speakeasy. Haute cocktails replace bottle service as the in-crowd currency, with most drinkers rolling the dice on bespoke tipples crafted by Mulberry Project’s cavalier mixologists. The vibe, meanwhile, feels like Meatpacking in miniature, with pretty DJs playing British indie rock off their MacBooks and guys buying high-minded drunk food—crispy pork belly in a cider reduction, rich crème brûlée—for their waifish companions to pick at.
Venue name: Mulberry Project
Address: 149 Mulberry St
New York
Cross street: between Grand and Hester Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 6pm–2am; Thu, Fri 6pm–4am; Sat 11:30am–4am; Sun 11:30am–2am
Transport: Subway: B, D to Grand St; J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St; J, Z to Bowery
Price: Average drink: $12. AmEx, MC, V
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While not technically a speakeasy, it shares many of the same hallmarks. The biggest difference being that Mulberry Project isn't located on some trendy corner in the West Village, but rather smack dab in the middle of Little Italy. 

Who decided to erect an underground cocktail bar in one of the city's most touristy hoods? Beats me. But I'm not complaining. Mulberry Project is an oasis of cool amongst a culinary desert of creepy Albanians posing as Italians trying to lure you into their subpar pasta joint.

The drinks are bespoke, so just tell them what kind of mood you're in and they'll hook you up. Bartenders are super friendly and will make you feel like a regular from your first visit. 

And not to be overlooked, their food menu is pretty damn good too. Took me until my 3rd visit to finally order something besides drinks, and I was pleasantly surprised. Short ribs and Brussel sprouts are your best bets here. 

Lindsey W

Super hidden speakeasy in Little Italy - my friend and I almost entered an apartment building thinking it was the entrance. Really spacious inside and a nice size garden in the back with plenty of seating. I would definitely recommend making a reservation as it does get pretty packed as the night goes along. There's also a cool space in the middle of the garden for large parties. We opted to get drinks and share appetizers: the fries, salad, chips and queso and calamari.

All great choices! 

Aaron D

Cool little place hidden away in Nolita, down a few steps, its easy to miss if you’ve not been there before.Inside is a good vibe (although sometimes a little up its own …….) and they make cocktails to order simply by asking what ingredients and flavors you are into, worth a visit!