Pouring Ribbons, New York City
Matthias Merges, former chef at Charlie Trotter's, presides over a cozy parlor in the up-and-coming Logan Square hood.
The Vibe: Antique china and reclaimed chandeliers recall late-19th-century watering holes.
The Drinks: Inventive with exotic ingredients, like a daiquiri made with rhum agricole, Jamaican overproof white rum, lime, passion-fruit syrup, and pineapple bitters.
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The 1,000-bottle inventory and the enigmatic, always cuff-linked owner-host known only as Lêe are just two of the draws at this red-hot Chinatown spot.
The Vibe: A feel of aristocratic exclusivity, thanks to Victorian accents and Lêe's strict house rules (no sneakers, no photos).
The Drinks: A mix of pre-Prohibition-era picks (like the orange-and-lemon-juice-laced Ward 8) and modern interpretations.
New York City
Sasha Petraske touches down in Midtown, bringing a subdued elegance to fratty Murray Hill.
The Vibe: The bi-level bar is spacious downstairs and has an intimate living-room feel upstairs.
The Drinks: Classic cocktails (including a Queen's Park Swizzle) or bartender's choice.
New York City
Mixology stars Jason Cott, Troy Sidle, Toby Maloney and Joaquín Simó raise East Village tippling to new heights in this airy, absinthe-hued bar.
The Vibe: Well-heeled Manhattanites crowd the 88-seat room, lit by Art Deco fixtures.
The Drinks: Impeccably crafted cocktails like the Prabu Punch, a mix of whiskey, lemon, spiced pumpkin, orange cordial, and bitters.
The groundbreaking cocktail bar recently reopened in a brand-new, downtown space.
The Vibe: Cement pillars and exposed ducts give the room an austere coolness.
The Drinks: The recipes of 25 rotating bartenders are bolstered by an in-house ice program.