Looking for a change of pace from your usual cocktail bar? This weekend, try to score a table at one of these hip New York speakeasies.
Imagine if you could enjoy a night cap while making your routine bodega run. This goals-worthy spot exists; it’s called The Little Shop. Amble through the back row into the “Storage Room.” Here, you’ll lounge on vintage furniture among floral-adorned walls while enjoying craft cocktails and your bodega treat of choice, served on vintage china.
Hidden inside Patent Coffee, the building in which Nikola Tesla performed radio wave experiments, you’ll discover Patent Pending, a low-lit bar serving electric-themed cocktails. The Lab is a hidden cavern connected to the main bar via a natural arch. Bar seats and banquettes leave room for just 30 guests. Two bartending stations keep glasses full while swaying on the dance floor, made with penny tiles from the original hotel.
The roaring twenties are alive at Raines Law Room Chelsea. Ring the doorbell and wait for someone to poke their head out before waving you inside. Groups sit atop plush velvet sofas under dim lighting and black-and-white photos on paneled walls. Wooden floors and dark curtains give way to various rooms lined with gold chandelier-print wallpaper and cozy tables, where you’ll sip Prohibition-era cocktails.
You’d never expect to find a cocktail bar in a subway station. At the 28th Street stop at the 1 line, you’ll find La Noxe: a red-hued, 600-square-foot speakeasy behind a discreet door filled with gem-toned couches and soundtracked by a record player. The space operates six days a week and only accommodates 30 people.
Inside the ice cream shop UES is a wall stacked with ice cream cartons leading to the grandiose “Storage Room.” “Cocktails Ala Mode” incorporate ice cream or other sweet treats, and are served in crystal glasses or inventive vessels like banana-shaped flasks and china ice cream cones.
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