The libation world wept big boozy tears when the game-changing Milk and Honey shuttered last year, but the mourning didn’t last long—M&H alums Michael McIlroy and Sam Ross took over the beloved bar’s old LES space for their own cocktail den. A lighter, breezier affair, Attaboy boasts a market-driven drinks menu (try the pineapple-and-cinnamon Rock and Rye, $16) and artisanal bites (charcuterie, $16). Bonus: a refreshing no-reservations policy. 134 Eldridge St between Broome and Delancey Sts (no phone yet)
Despite the moniker, there are no myrrh-proffering dudes behind this funky ’70s-inspired spot. Instead, there’s a trio of creative ladies: photographer Danielle Levitt, hospitality vet Caroleyn Ng and S Magazine creative director Christina Chin. Beyond the eye-popping entrance—emblazoned with a blown-up vintage photo of Chin’s groovy relatives—you’ll find graphic wallpaper, retro cocktails (all $12) and a meat-focused small-plates menu (peppercorn-spiced pork chops, $18; patty melt, $14). 355 Bowery between 3rd and 4th Sts (646-590-4244)
From name to decor, this cocktail haven nods to Orson Welles’s 1949 film-noir masterpiece. Michelin-starred toques Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban (Seasonal) have woven cotton plants through the chandelier, alluding to star Joseph Cotten, and named tipples after the movie’s characters, such as the Harry Lime (mescal, green Chartreuse, maraschino and the juice of the namesake fruit, $12). There’s no zither music, but there are bar bites from the crew’s nearby Edi & the Wolf, including house-cured speck ($12). 116 Ave C at 8th St (212-598-1040)
The elusive Evil Twin—breweryhopping ale giant Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø—has finally settled down. The Danish brewer debuts this highly anticipated beer den, curating a list of elite suds. Post up at the reclaimed-wood bar for a pint of the fruity De Molen Rhythm & Blues (8oz $7, 14oz $9) or malt-heavy Beachwood Hop Ninja (8oz $6, 14oz $9). Come summer, head to the semisecret 26-seat restaurant at the back, where Noma toque Daniel Burns will launch a Scandinavian tasting menu. 615 Manhattan Ave between Driggs and Nassau Aves, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-6034)
If you like Clover Club… Try Tooker Alley
This ’20s-inspired haunt may take its cues from Chicago hideaway the Dil Pickle Club, but it lacks the hush-hush pretension that befalls other neospeakeasies. Instead, it’s a personable joint, all crooning jazz, exposed Edison bulbs and a cocktail menu littered with Chekhov references. Zippy quaffs from Pegu Club drinkmaster Del Pedro include a rye-spiked pineapple Crusta ($11) and the Hobo Julep ($11), a cheeky concoction of cane syrup, mint bitters and club soda. 793 Washington Ave between Lincoln Pl and St. Johns Pl, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (347-955-4743)
We keep a close eye on recent openings here at Time Out, and right now, we’re particularly excited about these five new bars. From a democratic cocktail den launched by some of the city’s best bartenders to a game-changing craft-beer bar, they’re among the best spring bars because have boozehounds of all stripes covered.
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Forest Hills Station House
Hop off the LIRR at 71st Avenue to find this beer-and-bourbon-focused gastropub in the Queens nabe of the same name. Fifteen craft brews are on tap at the barn-wood bar, including Evil Twin Lil' B, Blue Point Toasted Lager and Left Hand Milk Stout. Bottles (Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold, Rodenbach Grand Cru) and cans (Sixpoint Resin, Oskar Blues G'Knight) are also on offer. Thirty-two bourbon and rye bottles line the wooden shelves behind the bar, for stirring into cocktails like a Woodford Reserve old-fashioned or the Boulevard (Templeton Rye, Campari and Carpano Antica). Upscale bar bites include fried chicken livers with roasted-garlic aioli; short rib–kimchi empanadas with sriracha mayo; and beer-battered meatballs with stout mustard. For dessert, look for a deep-fried Snickers with bacon-bourbon glaze—with a few slugs of the dark stuff in you, you'll forget the near comical gluttony ever happened.
Venue says: “16 Craft Beer Taps, 1 Cask Ale, 120+ Whiskeys, Craft Cocktails, & Gastropub Fare in a Chill Environment.”