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The decor is dark and homely at The Handy Liquor Bar.
The decor is dark and homely at The Handy Liquor Bar.

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New York's secret watering holes

Have you ever tried telling a New Yorker that you have had a drink at a bar in Times Square, and almost been punched in the face for your trouble? Manhattanites who feel a dagger through the heart at the neon lights instead love their more or less secret speakeasies, where the drinks are a work of art and the decor is an experience in itself. Give one of these a try.

Photo: The Ship

The Ship

The Ship can be found in the anonymous area between Chinatown and Soho. The only sign of the bar is a blue flag and a poster, but once inside guests can enjoy experimental cocktails and light meals in an environment that has an exclusively maritime theme.

The Ship

158 Lafayette Street, New York

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The Bourgeois Pig

A classic among speakeasies that was in the East Village for ten years and has recently moved to the West Village. Its specialties are cocktails, punch in crystal bowls and various kinds of fondue, served as both appetizers and desserts – all in a dark 1920s setting.

The Bourgeois Pig

127 Macdougal Street, New York

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The Handy Liquor Bar

The first floor of the Chalk Point Kitchen restaurant is home to trendy The Handy Liquor Bar, which has a long list of cocktails made from locally grown ingredients – some even from the restaurant’s own garden. The decor is dark and homely, with an open fire and a jukebox.

The Handy Liquor Bar

527 Broome Street, New York

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NiteCap

The NiteCap bar is right next to Schapiro’s restaurant. Its ambition is to be the place where bartenders and the everyday crowd come for their last drink of the evening, even if it does open as early as 6 pm. The cocktail menu is impressively long and focuses on clean and uncomplicated tastes.

NiteCap

120 Rivington Street, New York

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Photo: The Garret

The Garret

A simple and unpretentious bar up a well-concealed staircase in a Five Guys hamburger joint in the West Village. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and the cocktail menu is short and concise.

The Garret

296 Bleecker Street, New York

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Raines Law Room

Hard-to-find bar with a doorbell providing the only clue to its existence. Ring the bell, have your name written down on a list, and wait for your table, complete with curtains for your privacy. All tables come with a bell for fast service. You can create your own version of an Old Fashioned, or get help from one of the bar’s skilled and innovative bartenders.

Raines Law Room

48 West 17th Street, New York

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