Where to Drink Near Central Park

Where to Drink Near Central Park

Spring is in full swing, which means it’s time to head to the great outdoors. There are plenty of places for open-air fun in the city, including tons of activities in Central Park—the world-famous grassy grounds that span 843 acres from 59th to 110th streets, between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West.

After a day spent paying your respects to Beatles frontman John Lennon at Strawberry Fields, people-watching at Bethesda Terrace, enjoying a respite at the Conservatory Garden, and having a picnic on Sheep Meadow check out one (or more) of the below venues for a creative cocktail near Central Park.

At Whiskey Park, located right along the park on Central Park South in the Trump Parc building, folks can play pool, watch the big game on any of the venue’s eight big screen TVs, and enjoy selections from the fully stocked bar. In the space, which features décor inspired by French interiors of the ‘30s and ‘40s—including cork walls and ceilings—creative types can even try their hand at perfecting the storied Old Fashioned. For this DIY experience, patrons pick their chosen whiskey, sweetener and bitters to create their very own version of this classic cocktail. The venue also serves as the perfect place for date night, as Whiskey Park offers Manhattans for Two in glass flasks to share and self-serve.

For picturesque bird’s-eye views of Central Park in a chic setting, The Roof at Viceroy New York hotel—Gerber Group’s sophisticated lounge and outdoor deck in Midtown West—resembles a luxury yacht, complete with brass details, custom walnut-and-leather sofas, and ethereal photos of the sky, sea and clouds. Those that fancy some food can choose selections from the venue’s diverse menu, including everything from crispy artichokes and house-made kettle chips to meatball sliders and grilled cheese. Wash it all down with one of Gerber Group’s many cocktails—including The Girl Next Door, with Kanon Vodka, Byrrh, Fresh Mint, Blackberries and Lemon Juice, or the Jalapeño Margarita. 

Located in Time Warner Center, across the street from the southwest corner of Central Park, Stone Rose Lounge offers gorgeous views of Manhattan's Central Park and the city's skyline from its fourth-floor home in the glass skyscraper. While there, visitors can opt for classic cocktails such as the Chicago Martini, with Grey Goose Vodka, Olive Juice and Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives, or the Grasshopper—a mix of Stoli Vanilla, Crème de Menthe, Light Cream and Fresh Mint; or selections from the House Cocktails portion of the menu, including The Walking Dead, with Milagro Silver Tequila, Lillet Rose and Fresh Lemon Juice; and the End of Prohibition, featuring Cutty Sark Prohibition, Carpano Dry Vermouth, Fresh Lime Juice and a dash of Orange Bitters. Guests can also choose from an extensive list of regionally brewed craft beers and global wines. When it comes to food, faves include the Central Valley Artichoke-Spinach Dip and Burger Supreme.

In Midtown West, The Wayfarer—a bi-level Classic American grille located on the bustling corner of W. 57th Street and Sixth Avenue, just below Central Park—offers a varied artisanal menu focused on locally sourced ingredients. Cocktails include North of the Border, featuring MonteLobos Mezcal, Avion Silver, Green Chartreuse, Jalapeno Infused Aperol, Lime Juice, Triple Syrup and Grapefruit Bitters; The Capri Coast, with Lairds Applejack, Sparkling Rose, White Cranberry and Grapefruit; Sexy Beest, including Bombay Sapphire Gin, Benedictine, Cardarmon Infused Honey, Yuzu, Allspice Dram and Ginger; and Islands in Between, with Ron Zacapa Solera Rum, Banks 7 Island Rum, Mint, Demerara, Lime, Angostura and Prosecco. Those headed to Central Park can enjoy The Wayfarer’s offerings in the space—as the restaurant offers The Wayfarer Spring Picnic Basket. Designed for two, the insulated basket includes cutlery, stainless steel thermoses, a bamboo cutting board and various jars for easy transportation. ON the food front, Executive Chef Cliff Crooks whips up mint lemonade, a selection of cheeses, crackers and breads, fruit and spreads, chilled seasonal soup, organic chicken club for two, chocolate biscotti and Wayfarer cold brew coffee.

Pictured: Old Fashioned at Whiskey Park

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