Party Earth Review Savvy travelers – and savvy readers of Party Earth – are already familiar with Experimental Cocktail Club, a cutting-edge haunt for intricate cocktails that opened to such success in Paris back in 2007 that... ... read full review
191 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
J: Bowery / Delancey Street; F: Lower East Side-2 Avenue / Houston Street; B, D: Grand Street / Chrystie Street
Lower East Side, New York –
Savvy travelers – and savvy readers of Party Earth – are already familiar with Experimental Cocktail Club, a cutting-edge haunt for intricate cocktails that opened to such success in Paris back in 2007 that it birthed a London location just a few years later.
2012 saw this popular haunt branch out again, this time to vie for recognition in NYC, and if the venue’s consistent crowds are any indication: recognition achieved!
Like its brethren, the third incarnation sports a vintage theme, with a stamped pressed-tin ceiling, marble fireplace, and cushioned bamboo chairs and backless stools set beneath low-hanging oriental lights.
Cocktail connoisseurs and glamorous guests watch mixologists craft rotating house beverages like The Artist, made with absinthe and apple cider, and the tequila and caramel syrup-based Curious Prescription, or just gaze in awe at the display of rare liquors available for anyone craving fifty-year-old gin in their $200 martini.
Most of the original libations were created by the bar manager, and although patrons can order practically any classic American drink, the packed house on Fridays and Saturdays tends to stick with the small menu, sipping and chatting to a soundtrack that transitions from 70s rock to jazz to DJ-spun whatever-the-DJ-wants-to-spin.
Culture, taste, and rare hooch are the magical medley found at Experimental Cocktail Club, which brings new and old American drinks to New York…by way of Paris.
Glamorous, upscale young professionals, bohemian artists from the neighborhood, smartly dressed couples, cocktail enthusiasts, fans of the Paris and London locations, and savvy tourists, mid-20s to late 30s.
Live Jazz music on Tuesday from 11am–4pm.
DJs spin Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10pm. Sets change from week to week, but usually feature an eclectic mix at levels conducive to conversation.
Otherwise, ambient jazz, soul, rock, old-school hip-hop, funk, and pretty much everything except mainstream, house, and electro.
Currently no food, but menu is being developed in partnership with neighboring restaurant The Fat Radish. Review will be updated once menu is in place.
Reservations strongly suggested, though not required.
Beer $7, cocktails $14–$16, virgin cocktails $10, vintage cocktails $150–$200, champagne $120–$500/bottle.
Dressy to artsy cool: designer duds, suit jackets, swanky vintage wear, glitzy tops, heels. Erring on the classy side is advised.
No shorts allowed.
Earlier in the week for a better chance of getting in, or anytime to sample the unique cocktails.
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