The Anti-Speakeasy and Other Cocktail Trends

Gone are the days of drinking in dark, cloistered spaces that proudly hide their signs. This year you can look forward to imbibing fresh, new cocktails sans secret handshakes. Below, four trends to know....

Photos courtesy respective bars and John Mahoney

Gone are the days of drinking in dark, cloistered spaces that proudly hide their signs. This year you can look forward to imbibing fresh, new cocktails sans secret handshakes. Below, four trends to know.

Asian Accents

Drinks at Chicago's Billy Sunday (pictured above) feature kaffir-lime extract, and NYC's Mihoko's 21 Grams uses umeshu and flaming shiso.

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Photos courtesy respective bars and John Mahoney

Anti-Speakeasies

Bye-bye, dark rooms; hello, welcoming cocktail bars like the Hawthorne in Boston, with a brightly lit penthouselike space and a well-marked entrance.

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Photos courtesy respective bars and John Mahoney

Canned Beer

Blind Pig in Philadelphia sells 60 varieties, while Chicago's Small Bar Division stocks 19.

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Photos courtesy respective bars and John Mahoney

Liquid Nitrogen

Bars like NYC's Booker and Dax give glasses a magical flair with chemically induced wisps of smoke.

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