Best Bars - Meatpacking District, NY

Best Bars - Meatpacking District, NY

The Meatpacking District is quickly catching up to neighbors like Chelsea and the West Village in terms of having destination restaurants and bars, as well as a burgeoning cocktail and nightlife scene.

Bathtub Gin - Meatpacking

Take a fun, anything goes trip back in time to the glitzy and sexy Roaring Twenties at Bathtub Gin, one of the Meatpacking District's most buzzed-about cocktail bars.

The cocktail list here has been inspired by Gin, the high octane drink that was king during the Prohibition era. From New York politicians like the playboy Mayor Jimmy Walker and glamorous socialites to Broadway luminaries as well as gangsters like Dutch Schultz, Gin was the preferred drink of choice.

Bathtub Gin was developed by "entrepreneurs" in response to the poor quality,watered down liquor that was being served in the local speakeasies.

The formula was simple. Bootleggers would mix denatured alcohol with different flavors and ingredients like Juniper berries in,of all places, a bathtub. These amateur mixologists would allow the potent blend to steep in the tub for several hours or even days at a time. The result certainly packed a punch and New Yorkers could not get enough of this brew.

You won't be able to,either. Today, gin is made under conditions that are a lot more sanitary than someone's bathtub. And the gin based cocktails that are available here at Bathtub Gin are amazing. You'll relish each and every sip.

The atmosphere isn't too shabby at all. To top things off, the cozy booths and tables surround an actual,vintage bathtub ! What an interesting conversation piece to break the ice, if you happen to be on a first date.

From time to time, Bathtub Gin offers a variety of can't miss special events . On Sundays, you can take in the artistic moves of the beautiful performers who are the stars of the Wasa Bassco Burlesque show. Their stage is the area around the afore-mentioned bathtub. And these talented ladies have been known to utilize the tub as a prop in some truly incredible ways.

But, you're not just here for a show; you've come for the drinks. Their signature libation is the Gin-Gin Cup. Well shaken, this elixir is composed of Nolet's Silver Dry gin,lemon juice, Wildflower honey, pressed ginger, lavender extract, sage and soda water.

The Vesper Martini consists of Ketel One vodka, Nolet's Gin, Chamomile Tea, Lillet Blanc,Pierre Ferrand dry curacao and orange bitters. It's served with an orange peel garnish.

Another drink you'll love is the Botanist Gin and Tonic. This cocktail is citrus-driven and quite refreshing. It contains lemongrass, grapefruit juice, gin ( of course) and an interesting array of wild foraged botanicals.

If it's getting really late and you're having trouble keeping your eyes open,then the Wakey Juice Joe is right up your alley.

A splash of Stone Street cold brew coffee and Edinburgh Gin are the main ingredients together with a dose of Falernum, pressed lime juice, green matcha,coconut cream and fresh mint.

Bathtub Gin brings back the old speakeasy vibe with a thoroughly modern touch.

Location and Contact Info

132 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(646) 559-1671

The Tippler - Meatpacking

Every day, foodies, tourists and neighborhood residents alike shop the food stalls and stores that are located at the Chelsea Market which is right on the border of the Meatpacking District.

However, what most people don't realize is that underneath the market lies a very cool cocktail bar that will very soon, no longer be the neighborhood's best kept secret.

The mixologists here at The Tippler are steadily burnishing their reputation for being some of the most creative cocktail mavens in the city. The Tippler is what destination drinking is all about; a superb cocktail list and a warm and welcoming vibe.

You have to look hard, though, in order to spot the entrance. You cannot get in through the market.

Instead, just turn the corner at West 15th street and stroll down the sidewalk. You'll come to a doorway that's enveloped by tall, green shrubs. At night, the over head "open"sign, lights up and lets one and all know that, you've arrived at the right place.

Once inside The Tippler, you will feel that you are a world removed from the noisy hustle and bustle of Manhattan.

The decor blends exposed brick work with reclaimed wood from an old Meatpacking warehouse water tower. Re-purposed train rails from the nearby High Line add to the mystique and ambiance.

Gorgeous, red-hued antique rugs decorate the floor. On a typical evening, the place is packed with well-dressed workers from nearby offices as well as locals who are on their way home from the gym or running errands, hoping to grab a sip and a bite.

The delicious food here is sourced from nearby farmer's markets and purveyors. The menu does have a few entrees,but the focus is on small plates that pair well with a glass of wine or a cocktail.


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One of their most popular items is the vibrant cheddar and scallion dip that is accompanied by Martin's famous pretzels. Those salty pretzels beat chips for dipping,anytime.

You will love the potato head plate which features smashed fingerling potatoes topped with Queso Fresco and a tangy chipotle-lime mayo.

Simply amazing is the 'Shroom plate, a dish that consists of a fresh baked pita that is layered with a boatload of marinated mushrooms,herb salad,red pepper flakes and a touch of honey.

The bar's cocktail list is quite extensive and you can't go wrong trying just about any of the potions that are on offer.

That having been said, though, there are four must-have libations on the menu.

The Shady Queen is sexy and a real buzz creator with its' blend of coconut infused vodka, blood orange juice, creme de cacao,lime juice, egg whites and cinnamon.

You may just have to Call an Uber, after you drain your glass of this cocktail's knock your socks off ingredients; brown butter-washed bourbon, absinthe, lemon juice, cinnamon and honey.

The bar keeps perform all sorts of magical tricks when it comes to conjuring up unexpected tastes and flavors in their cocktails. But they definitely have saved their very best for The Smoke Show, a creative drink made with pineapple infused whiskey, Dickson's smoked grenadine and mole' bitters

Last but never, ever least is Green With Envy, whose ingredients are vodka, house-pressed green juice, ginger, lemon zest and soda water.

Location and Contact Info

425 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-0000

Santina - Meatpacking

The ambiance here is an off the wall, funky blend of Miami Vice cool and an Italian beachfront resort. You could place Santina in downtown Miami or on the Isle of Capri and it would not be out of place.

One thing's for sure. Dining at this trendy meatpacking restaurant is like being on vacation. It's a much needed escape from the everyday, stress-filled reality of living in New York.

Santina was designed by the renowned architect Renzo Piano, so you know that you're in for a visual treat.

Located near the Highline, the restaurant has gorgeous floor to ceiling windows that let in rays of natural sun light.

Palm trees and potted plants are scattered throughout the main dining room. You will enjoy your meal and cocktails while dining on powder blue chairs and banquette seating. The huge chandeliers are way beyond colorful.

Decorating the back wall is a beautiful mosaic that depicts a beach front town in Italy. All that's missing are umbrella drinks and a cabana.

Keeping with the Mediterranean and tropical theme, the menu highlights fish and veggies.

Their signature dish, Fusilli Santina has a generous portion of Mussels and sausage in it along with a light and tasty sauce.

You can also order delights such as spaghetti with blue crab, octopus and eggplant as well as swordfish with green tomatoes.

The menu's blend of seafood, veggies, herbs and pasta dishes work particularly well with the cocktails being served here.


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Many couples and groups of friends come to Santina expressly for the atmosphere and drinks. Then, once they are seduced by the aromas emanating from the kitchen, they decide to stay and order some food.

At the bar or your table, you can go traditional and have a delightful drink like the Negroni Classic, a simple but effective blend of gin, campari and vermouth. The mixologists here put their own little twist on the Bellini by adding basil to the peach juice and Prosecco.

Break out the sunscreen and umbrellas for the potent Capri Sun cocktail, that is made with grappa, passion fruit juice and Tikki spices.

The Drunk Zio (uncle) consists of Rye,coconut juice and coffee vermouth. The View From Positano is absolutely stunning (and intoxicating) with a mixture of gin, strawberry juice and a dash of black pepper.

Location and Contact Info

820 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 254-3000

STK Downtown - Meatpacking

STK is most definitely not your dad's steakhouse. The vibe here is warm and contemporary with a vibrant menu that focuses on more than just slabs of juicy red meat cooked to perfection.

The vibe here is very laid back and hip with trendy, stylish lounge decor. But the big bonus here, for your amazing night out is their roof top deck which has a stupendous view of Manhattan's glittering lights and office towers. Regulars feel that the view is among the most romantic in the entire city.

No doubt, STK Downtown redefines what a steakhouse can be in 2018. This is the kind of place where the ladies from Sex and the City would be very comfortable in, on girl's night out. The lighting is intimate and creates a great romantic ambiance.

If steak's not your deal, then just order from a variety of other tempting options including a savory roasted Amish natural chicken with rainbow carrots and Swiss chard.

You may also choose a scrumptious seafood platter that's served family style for the table. One option includes oysters, ceviche, shrimp, mussels and calamari. Now that's a genuine feast.

The kitchen knows how to turn out a steak that is flavorful but doesn't feel heavy or greasy. You can satisfy your cravings with a nice filet mignon, a dry aged 32 ounce Tomahawk or a Porterhouse for two.

Toppings range from Alaskan King Crab and truffle butter to a lively peppercorn crust. STK's steak sauces are to die for, enhancing every succulent bite.n The options are practically endless, but must-tries include chimi churri sauce, red wine, bearnaise and horseradish.

When you're dining out, everything just seems to go better when accompanied by a delicious cocktail.

Every drink on STK's list has been carefully developed (and taste-tested, we might add) by their team of mixologists. These guys and gals know no boundaries when it comes to pushing the envelope behind the bar.

But, no matter how edgy things may get, the focus is always on libations that feature bold flavors, fresh herbs, succulent fruits and light syrups.


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The refreshing Apple Bottom features Bacardi Rum, cider,cinnamon, assorted fruit and your choice of either red or white wine.

The appropriately named Not Your Daddy's Manhattan,with its' special blend of Bulleit bourbon, Zinfandel port,sweet vermouth and bitters, is the perfect elixir for those who love to party in the Meatpacking district.

For all of you fashionable stylers and profilers, keep on trend with the Mango About Manhattan. The hot to trot ingredients; Don Julio Reposado, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, and cayenne pepper are offset by a generous splash of mango puree and lemon juice.

The bar's signature drink is the Little West 12th Street, a tantalizing mix of Grey Goose, cucumber juice, Tarragon syrup,pineapple juice and bitters. This truly is the pause that refreshes.

Location and Contact Info

26 Little West 12th Street
New York, NY 10014
(646) 624-2444

The Lately - Meatpacking

This neighborhood favorite is the quintessential dive bar re-imagined. The Lately has a classy yet welcoming vibe that will make you feel right at home.

The layout is exceptionally nice; chic industrial with an unexpected but visually pleasing rustic touch. ideal for a night out with your honey, The Lately offers very private and cozy booths inside of recessed alcoves.

The mezzanine area even has a plethora of arcade games that will bring out the competitive spirit in you. Gather a group of friends together from your apartment building or work and get in the game!

On Friday and Saturday evenings, the upstairs space turns into an exclusive lounge,the Blue Light. The entrance is tucked away, hidden at the back of the bar. Once you open the door a narrow staircase conveys you to the party room.

Perhaps the only real drawback at The Lately is the sad fact that they have a very limited food menu. The bar bites are okay,but nothing out of the ordinary. That's more than alright,though. No one really comes to a place like The Lately for the food anyway.

When it comes to liquid sustenance,however, they don't let you down here.

New York's most popular cocktails can all be found at The Lately ranging from a refreshing gin fizz, a potent whiskey sour, a delicious Tom Collins and the venerable Sazerac to a time-honored Hemingway Daquiri.

For all of you confirmed suds lovers out there, be advised that they carry a varied lineup of both craft and imported beer.

The house mixologists have also come up with some very taste-tempting beer based cocktails.

One of the best of the bunch is The Old Sport, which is comprised of Harpoon Boston stout, Bourbon, mint and bananas.

Destined to become a New York watering hole legend is The Young Buck, a cocktail to remember whose ingredients include imported German beer, mezcal, campari ,habaneros and a splash of grapefruit juice.

If you're more than a little fed up with imbibing the same old drinks at area bars, then you'll absolutely adore The Lately's quirky twists and turns in mixing, shaking and blending a great cocktail.

The Marsupial Superstar is a frozen adult beverage containing rum, coconut juice, matcha,Greek yogurt,pineapple juice and pimento.

Very fruity,but still quite potent, is Pedestrian Friendly, a cocktail that features a strong pour of vodka and fresh raspberries together with thyme, lime juice and club soda.

Watermelon and beet juice come together with premium tequila,smoked salt and Moroccan bitters in the Ultra Maroon. Please don't ask what the name means. We have no idea. We do, however, know that this drink is thirst quenching and will kick start your night.

The First Month Free has an eclectic blend of ingredients, the foremost of which are chocolate, sea salt, a whole egg and velvet falernum. Gin, Amaro Montenegro and fresh lime juice are also in the mix.

Location and Contact Info

357 West 16th street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-1096

Troy Liquor Bar - Meatpacking

A veritable synergy of art,music and fashion, Troy Liquor Bar is a cool,cozy kind of place where a laid back ,casual groove meets rock and roll energy.

This destination drinking bar is a throwback to a time when an evening out was more about hanging with your friends and living in the moment,rather than snapping the perfect selfie.

While you sip your glass of wine or cocktail, sit back and take in the colorful graffiti art that winds its' way around the exposed brick walls. If high-top tables aren't in your comfort zone,there are plenty of plush leather couches and soft as a pillow easy chairs to recline on.

It's your call. At Troy liquor Bar the night belongs to you.

Now, if you happen to be in a particularly whimsical and adventurous frame of mind, climb aboard the life-size replica of a horse that stands majestically in the far corner of the room, right next to the pool table. by the way, just for good measure, the stallion happens to have a lampshade atop its' flowing mane.

Photos and drawings of rock icons such as Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen decorate the walls while some of New York's best DJs spin rock from the 70's,80's and 90's.

There's a lot to like about this off the wall bar including their very appealing Happy Hour. On Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 6 until 9 pm house cocktails (whiskey, vodka and tequila-based) are only $8!

A mere eight bucks will also get you a glass of red or white wine. Beer lovers, do not feel neglected. A pint of Sam Adams is available for just $6.

On wine Wednesdays most bottles of wine can be had for only eighteen dollars. Bring the love of your life to Troy and toast the night away. You certainly won't break the bank celebrating here.

In a neighborhood where having a drink can be more than just a little expensive, the prices at Troy are very reasonable,indeed.

The bars' signature drink is the Dirty Boulevard, a blend of Brooklyn gin, yellow chartreuse,aperol and white peach juice.




You'll be glad to know that, if you're hungry, there's no need to go anywhere else. The kitchen at Troy may be tiny, but they've got you covered with elevated bites like a Brioche and bacon grilled cheese, fried mac, cheese and chorizo with roasted tomato salsa and their most popular dish, the Electric Slider.

This hunger satisfying plate is comprised of a trio of Pat LaFrieda blend beef mini burgers, topped with pickles, caramelized onions,cheese and house sauce.

Location and Contact Info

675 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 699-2410

Common Ground - Meatpacking

At this trendy bar lounge, it's all about people coming together, creating a sense of community and finding some common ground.

It doesn't really matter whether you are from the neighborhood or hail from another part of town, the management team at Common Ground wants you to feel that this is your happy place.

This is one of the most sought-after clubs in the city for photo shoots, movie backdrops , celebrity shindigs and corporate affairs. It's no mystery why. Common Ground has a personality and panache' that is all its own.

Upon entering the premises, you are greeted by a gorgeous bar. Just beyond are banquettes that are set against a wall whose shelves are filled with all manner of greenery,from potted plants to vases of flowers.

The back of the establishment is crowned by a skylight that is trimmed with ivy. Jaw-dropping spaces like this is why Instagram was created. When you're partying at Common Ground, be sure to capture the moment and share it with your friends.

To top it all off, in the Summer, you can enjoy their super-cute outdoor patio.

Perfect for any occasion, the venue has a capacity of 250 people and almost 3,500 square feet, a state of the art sound system, a DJ booth, a stage and bleacher-style seating. This is,indeed, where the party starts!

They've got one heck of a Happy Hour going on Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 7 PM. $4 will get you some specialty shots to lift your spirits. Draft wine is available for only $6 while all well drinks go for only $7.

We all know that brunch at a bar or lounge can be a hit or miss proposition. But, not at Common Ground. They excel at hosting the weekend's most cherished time of the day.

Don't believe it? Then check out their bottomless brunch. For $18 you will be treated to 2 hours of unlimited Mimosas, Bellinis and draft wine.

Whatever your taste in spirits may be,they've got it here. Step up to their well-appointed bar and order anything you like, from bourbon and whiskey to cognac or champagne.

When it's cocktail time, you don't have to wait for Kentucky Derby day to enjoy an authentic Mint Julep. At Common Ground their bartenders keep things real with a traditional blend of rye, muddled mint,simple syrup and lemon juice.

Sparkling wine, gin, campari and grapefruit juice make for a very flavorful Gin Spritzer. This drink is your antidote for work day stress.

The bar changes things up a bit with their twist on the standard Old fashioned cocktail with a hefty pour of Mezcal. This is one cocktail that is alive and kicking. be sure to have a glass of water on hand.

Rum, ginger beer and bitters hit all the right notes in the Dark and Stormy, a cocktail that will take you on a wild ride.

Make your evening sparkle at Common Ground.

Location and Contact Info

63 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-7484

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