The second NYC bar opened by the 2013 winner of the Tales of the Cocktail International Bartender of the Year award, Jack McGarry, and Sean Muldoon—co-founders of The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, the 2016 winner of the World's 50 Best Bars, also located in FiDi—sets the scene for 1920's-1950's Havana, Cuba. As such, on an intricately curated menu of 40 house-made drinks separated into five sections (highball, sour, old-fashioned, cocktail), rum concoctions run the gamut. 22 Battery Pl., Pier A, 2nd fl., 212.785.0153
Inside, guests cozy up to a fireplace on plush leather couches, or snack on charcuterie in leather banquette and bar seating that offers stunning views of the Empire State Building. Outside, amid a florally decorated, illuminated, heated, year-round garden, bartenders provide cozy blankets and drinks (like the Vesper Martini, shown) to patrons braving elements in exchange for the perfect Times Square outlook. AC New York Hotel Times Square, 260 W. 40th St., 21st fl., 929.284.3741
The Water Tower
When the glass-and-steel-encased tower atop the Williamsburg Hotel opens for business at 10 pm W-Sa, it offers housemade specialty cocktails and late-night lounge fare (e.g., white truffle grilled cheese, a seafood platter). As the night continues, the fare does not change, but the energy does—rotating, international DJs help transform this colorful venue from a craft drinkery into an intimate nightclub inside a tall, small, rooftop tower. Caviar tastings, CBD-infused cocktails, luxurious furnishings and sweeping, unobstructed Manhattan skyline views make this new riverside space an immediate NYC destination. 96 Wythe Ave., btw N. 10th & N. 11th sts., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. No phone.