While the East Village may be the more expected destination for a cocktail-lover's night out—it's got everything from classics PDT and Death + Co. to newcomers like Booker and Dax—the West Village has its fair share of great drinks, too. You might find fewer straight-up cocktail bars, but these days we're seeing good bar programs in all sorts of places: at restaurants, at Scotch bars and wine bars and pubs. Here are 10 great drinks in the West Village for your next night out.
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Difficult as it may be to remember, there was a time, not so long ago, before classic cocktails were commonplace and "secret entrance" neo-speakeasies were the norm. Such was the case in 2004 when Employees Only opened its (not so obvious) doors in the West Village.
From right now until June 29th, over a dozen of the city's finest mixologists are offering up two full size cocktails and an appetizer for a mere $20.11. The list includes such hot spots such as Employees Only, Pegu Club, Death & Company, and Clover Club. There are no reservations and secret passwords are required. Simply ask the bartender for the Cocktail Week menu, choose two from column "a" and one from column "b," and settle in for a delicious time. Cocktail Week seems pretty straightforward. But once you get down to the details, things can get a bit tricky. Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your evening.
When mixologists from Employees Only, Gramercy Park Hotel, Pegu Club, Vandaag, 1534, and Death & Co. (plus many others) are on hand shaking up cocktails, you know you're going to drink well. (Perhaps too well for a Monday night.)
[Illustration: Jill DeGroff] This week, you get two cocktails for the price of one. Dushan Zaric and Jason Kosmas, the team behind Employees Only & Macao Trading Co., released their very own lime cordial and grenadine under the name...