Where the Bartenders Drink

Where the Bartenders Drink

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Want to know where your favorite mixologist spends his or her free time? Consider haunting these locales, popular with New York’s food and drink cognoscenti:

Employees Only (510 Hudson Street, employeesonlynyc.com, 212-242-3021): A raucous, decade-old Tribeca spot pouring some of the best cocktails in the city. At some point, almost everyone ends up late night after a long shift.

Evelyn Drinkery (171 Ave C, evelynnyc.com, no phone): The casual, raw wood vibe of this Alphabet City spot camouflages great cocktails. Mixology contests, bartender birthdays and after-work chilling all happen here.

Mother’s Ruin (18 Spring St, mothersruinnyc.com, no phone): This no frills bars churns out inventive frozen cocktails and a welcoming party atmosphere till 4 a.m.

Extra Fancy (302 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, extrafancybrooklyn.com, 347-422-0939): Bartenders and Brooklynites alike love the convivial rustic nature and expertly made drinks at this popular Williamsburg spot. 

151 (151 Rivington St, 151nyc.com, no phone): Newly revamped by the folks behind Death & Co. and Nitecap, a creative vibe behind the bar (along with more slushy machine craft cocktails) pairs with killer playlists and late-night noshing.

Sweetwater Social (643 Broadway, sweetwatersocial-hub.com, 212-253-0477): barman Tim Cooper carefully treads the line between semi-subterranean craft cocktail mecca and all-out late-night party. Plus, shuffleboard.

Boilermaker (13 1st Ave, boilermakernyc.com, 212-995-5400): Centered around the shot-and-a-(craft) beer concept, this casual new spot with craft drinks boasts Happy Hour till 8 p.m.

Happiest Hour (121 W 10th St, happiesthournyc.com, 212-243-2827): If you follow your favorite bartender’s Instagram feed, it’s likely they’ll wind up at this new 50s-retro funspot at some point on their night off.