The Summit Bar

Bars , Cocktail bars East Village
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Summit Bar (Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Summit Bar
Summit Bar (Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Summit Bar
Summit Bar (Photograph: Jolie Ruben)
Photograph: Jolie Ruben
Summit Bar

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).

Venue name: The Summit Bar
Address: 133 Ave C
New York
Cross street: between 8th and 9th Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 5:30pm–2am; Fri–Sat 5:30pm–3am
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average drink: $11. AmEx, MC, V
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4.5 / 5

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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.

Jaime B

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.