It's no secret that New Yorkers are a loud, proud and over-the-top bunch, with a fittingly decadent food and drink culture to match. We're also a unabashedly boozy city, boasting some of the world's finest beer bars, wine bars and cocktail bars helmed by forward-thinking and experimental mixologists. Shake the two together, and you'll find wild boozy concoctions with out-of-the-box garnishes, ranging from standard tequila and lime sloshed in a hollowed bell pepper to a cold brew-and-rum blend dripped through an oversize beaker.
Dubbed after the postcollege tradition of vacationing (and partying) in an faraway land before joining the workforce, this tropical rum-based sip sloshes Kaffir lime sherbet, pineapple juice and Galangal beer in a bamboo glass, with a friendship bracelet tied around the base and a glow stick curved over the top. $16
Celebrate the holiday season all year long at this festive-fitted watering hole, a longtime East Village dive that reopened earlier this year after shuttering in 2012. The eponymous house pour tops a shake-up of vodka, amaro and fresh lemon juice with a miniature moose figurine. $12
Coral-haired drinks doyenne Jane Danger draws on her experience as both baker (she formerly ran Jane's Sweet Buns) and barkeep to create eye-catching quaffs. At this Polynesian-minded counter, she pours her bright red riff on a rum demerara float—swapping the sugarcane spirit for curaçao and bourbon—into a garish, Jaws-like vessel shaped like the open mouth of a shark. $15
At this subterranean West Village den, Garret Richard marries key island staples—rum, coffee and fruit—over crushed ice in a beakerlike Chemex coffee glass. Stumptown cold-brew concentrate takes the backseat here, rounding out bright splashes of guava nectar, orange juice and passion-fruit syrup and sweetened with honey and house-made falernum (a nutty-sweet Caribbean syrup). $35
It's no surprise that this Long Island City bar-cum-comedy club has some good-time sips to complement its rotating lineup of stand-up shows and funny-man sketches. This crowd-pleaser tames fiery spiced tequila with cool lime and cuke in a neon-orange hollowed-out bell pepper. $11
The sumptuous tipple is built with 12-year-aged Trinidadian rum, smooth house-made coconut cream and acacia honey, served kitschily in a fuzzy, hollowed-out whole coconut piled on a mountain of leaves and ice with a blowtorched cinnamon-bark stirrer. Warning: You won’t stop at one. $20.
With four floors—one of which is a rooftop patio—Tonic East is equipped to handle any large party or event. The vast space, plus the 60-plus TVs scattered throughout the bar, makes it a popular spot for watching NFL, NHL and college football games. The extended happy hour—from 11am to 10pm Sunday through Wednesday and 11am to 8pm Thursday and Friday—doesn’t hurt either. Order from the happy hour menu to score select cocktails for $6 and a few beers for $5, or spring for a full-price option with some of the premium beers on tap, like Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA or Schofferhofer Grapefruit. Any good game watch requires munchies. The loaded tater tots with bacon, cheddar, sour cream and scallions ($10) or wings with buffalo, barbecue or sriracha sauce (ten for $12) might fit the bill.
Venue says: “Happy Hour Sunday-Wednesday 11am-10pm. Thursday-Friday 11am-8pm”