According to Jared Brown and Anistasia Miller — noted cocktail historians and directors of spirits publishing and consultancy company, Mixellany Limited — the place where you drink says a lot about who you are. “You’ve found yourself a living room outside of your home,” says Miller. “If it’s the Pegu Club, you have a great living room that’s beautifully appointed, with great snacks and a very elevated cocktail menu. If you’re at The Dead Rabbit, your living room possesses the dichotomy of an ‘Irish bar mentality’ alongside some truly fabulous cocktails.” No matter where you choose, he says, a city with choices as numerous as New York’s offers you the chance for reinvention — even if just for one evening.
If you’re looking to make a good impression no matter where you go, Miller and Brown are full of suggestions. “If you want a single drink that will never fail to get the bartender to take you seriously, have a Negroni,” suggests Brown. “They’ll look at you and say, ‘You’re for real.'”
If you’re feeling more adventurous, do as Miller does: “Smile at the bartender and ask, ‘Is there anything you’re working on that isn’t on the menu yet?’ The bartender will love you instantly, and for the rest of the night.”
Image credits: Dead Rabbit - Rag and Bone © Andrew Kist, Jim Meehan © Jim Meehan, The NoMad Bar © Francesco Tonelli