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The Summit Bar

Bars, Cocktail bars East Village
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Summit Bar (Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
Photograph: Lizz KuehlSummit Bar
Summit Bar (Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
Photograph: Lizz KuehlSummit Bar
Summit Bar (Photograph: Jolie Ruben)
Photograph: Jolie RubenSummit Bar

Time Out says

Exclusivity pervades New York cocktail culture, with bars hidden behind faux phone booths and inside unmarked, darkened dens. But Alphabet City's understated Summit forgoes the pretense—no reservations or covert knocks required—without compromising its drink savvy. Barkeep Greg Seider has created a split-personality menu that appeals to traditionalists (old-fashioneds, whiskey sours), as well as adventurous imbibers. We can pass hours at the black-granite bar, slowly sipping Seider's quirky "alchemical" inventions like the Situation (given depth by Afghan-raisin--infused rye and caraway-flavored agave) or the whiskey-driven Gov’ner (yuzu, orange juice and cardamom-infused agave syrup).



Address: 133 Ave C
New York
Cross street: between 8th and 9th Sts
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average drink: $11. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 5:30pm–2am; Fri–Sat 5:30pm–3am
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Users say (3)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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I came here for a Happy Hour with co-workers and it was the perfect spot (besides the fact that there was no AC). We got a large table at the front and ordered a bunch of drinks (they have Happy Hour until 8) and food. The food is really good and quite filling. I always love coming to places in Alphabet City because they tend to be less crowded than others. They have a covered patio area in the back that's a little small and kinda of disappointing but it's cooler than sitting inside especially as it gets more crowded. Side note at least 75% of the people in the bar were on dates (it's a great date spot, dim lights, good strong cocktails .. you get the point). 

I will definitely be back here. 


I find myself at Summit at least once a year. From celebrating everything from Cinco de Mayo to Halloween and birthdays, Summit never disappoints. It gets very busy and it can be difficult to move through the compact space at times, but the cocktails are always on point and the bartenders are super attentive so you are generally not waiting too long to get their attention. If Old Fashioneds are your thing, theirs are a good one...but the Sazerac is insane.

Summit Bar is a one of my favorite bars for cocktails in the city. The combination of delicious and inexpensive cocktails and atmosphere make it a great spot, even considering that it's all the way over on Avenue C in the East Village. Summit Bar offers all of the classic cocktails (old fashioned, sazerac, dark & stormy, negroni, etc.) for around $10. It also has a special cocktail menu, with more creative in-house cocktails for just $2 more. The Charmane's Star, which comes with cinnamon agave and a shiso leaf, is really well-balanced and delicious, and it's included on the happy hour menu, where select cocktails are featured at half-price. The ambiance here is really nice, with low-lighting and rustic, romantic decor.

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