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  • Writer's pictureMariani Kino

A Guide to the Best Craft Cocktails and Speakeasies in Major Cities Around New York

New York City has one of the most exciting and glamorous nightlife. Every corner is a wormhole that would suck you in and have the night of your life. But some of the city’s real gems are hidden away. Only those with an adventurous soul can find and experience the must-visit speakeasies. Before you take off on a journey, here is a guide to the best cocktails and speakeasies in major cities of NYC.

Jewel Thief

First on the list is Jewel Thief. This speakeasy is located beneath Spritz in NoMad. This has a luxurious vibe inside and offers cocktails with seasonal ingredients. The interior inside Jewel Thief resembles a jewelry box that gives you an opulent vibe. Their signature craft cocktails here are called Pink Panther and One Billion. For a more subtle mix, try Pink Panther. This is a combination of Codigo 1530 Rose tequila, rose sparkling, shiso, lemon, and ginger. When looking for a bit of a challenge, One In A Billion might be for you. This cocktail is a mix of Smith, cross rum, Curacao, chinola, liqueur, pineapple, and lime.

Paper Planes

Fasten your seatbelt because Paper Planes will bring you to the best cocktails in the city. Located at 154 Orchard St. Ground Floor, this secret bar offers a wide range of a well-thought-out menu of craft cocktails. They have the best series for everyone: from beginners to experienced drinkers. Beginners will love a fruity cocktail like Island Thyme. It is made of thyme, mango rum, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon, and house-made grenadine. For experienced drinkers, the namesake is the one to try. Paper Plane is a combination of bourbon, Aperol, lemon, and amaro montenegro. These are just two of their signature cocktails, and the others are waiting for your arrival.

Thyme Bar The Thyme bar has a cozy and regal vibe. It is once a gambling hall during the Prohibition era, now it is an underground home of unique cocktails. Their extravagant cocktails are perfectly matched with the Le Jardin and Floriography menus. One of the signature cocktails that you must try is the Abre Nuit. The rusty and classic taste of this cocktail is a mix of Woodford reserve bourbon, Italicus bergamot, coconut, Tonka, and amber. Locate this chic secret bar just a step away from Madison Square Park.


Basement is a Hong Kong game bars-inspired speakeasy hidden in an old Coca-Cola Fridge. The whole place is enveloped in carnival-themed decorations with a touch of contemporary details through the use of LED lights. Basemhe best place where you and your friends can stay up all night with the amazing cocktails and actual games you can play inside the bar. Their must-try cocktail is the Shangai Mule which is their original take on Moscow Mule. It is made with a combination of vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime.

Tanner Smith’s

Tanner Smith’s is a top-notch cocktail bar that is undeniably a social club in the prohibition era. Their signature craft cocktail is Tipsy Tea Paloma, which is severed in a classy vintage-style teacup and teapot. The concoction is made of Blanco tequila, lime, and grapefruit soda

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