The Tippler

Speakeasy
The Tippler The Tippler in New York's Chelsea is a classy speakeasy hidden beneath the famed Chelsea Market. Surprise your cocktail palate in New York with Party Earth. New York United States 40.7420503 -74.0058738
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Party Earth Review Located in the basement of the famed Chelsea Market, The Tippler is Chelsea’s answer to a swanky speakeasy minus the velvet ropes or secret phone numbers that’s so common in the nearby Meatpacking District. Unmarked... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    A, C, E: 14 Street / 8 Avenue; L: 8 Avenue / 14 Street

  • Phone:

    212-206-0000

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–W, Su 5pm–2am, Th–Sa 5pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Tippler Review

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The Tippler in New York's Chelsea is a classy speakeasy hidden beneath the famed Chelsea Market. Surprise your cocktail palate in New York with Party Earth.

Located in the basement of the famed Chelsea Market, The Tippler is Chelsea’s answer to a swanky speakeasy minus the velvet ropes or secret phone numbers that’s so common in the nearby Meatpacking District.

Unmarked save for a lonely “Open” sign, the venue’s a favorite for discerning young professionals who fill its prim little bar stools after work, as well as for the classy but rowdier partygoers who pour in on weekends.

Bartenders in vintage garb take time crafting the lengthy list of spunky named cocktails like the Booty Collins, made with cayenne- and gunpowder tea-infused vodka, or the Frozen Lushies, which are basically a high-end take on a Slurpee.

Detailed wood carvings behind the bar, Persian rugs, and wrought iron fixtures reclaimed from the rails of the High Line make up the old New York décor, while pub-like wood tables give the plaid-clad regulars more room for their small plates of charcuterie and deviled-egg toast.

Come Thursdays, preppier finance types and late-night scenesters mix with the midweek crowd to groove to regular guest DJs or just savor a more welcoming vibe before heading south.

Either way, the not-so-secret speakeasy is easy to spot on weekends thanks to a persistent line out the door. But crowded or quiet, The Tippler is a classy neighborhood bar where guests can easily enjoy a long night tying one on or just getting a little tipsy.

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Tip from Jonah:

The Tippler is a popular spot for private events. To be safe, it’s always wise to check the calendar on their site before heading down.

  • Crowd

    Creative young professionals, artists, hipsters, and some of the traditional club-bound Meatpacking crowd on weekends, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Occasional live music; check venue website for schedule. Guest DJs normally booked on weekends, though DJ schedule can also vary.

    Ambient indie, rock, 60s and 70s tunes other times.

    Photo booth.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of small plates including meats, cheeses, olives, soft pretzels, honey with bread, and deviled-egg toast.

  • Prices

    Small plates $3–$18. Beer $6–$9+, wine $9–$19/glass or $32–$48/bottle, cocktails $7–$13.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business casual to trendy: button-downs, nice jeans, plaid, suit jackets, blouses, cocktail dresses, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Midweek to sample the cocktails in a relaxed environment or early on Fridays and Saturdays to grab a coveted bar stool or waitress-service table before the line forms out front.

  • Close By

    Bathtub Gin (132 9th Avenue) is another speakeasy located a few blocks north that features a similarly extensive list of creative craft cocktails.

The Tippler User Reviews

Average rating:
Tipsy Tippler
Jaclyn W. Nov 16, 2012
I went to the Tippler on their grand opening last fall and I admit, it was a bit hard to find. Since then, a sign has been put up in front of the entrance otherwise you could walk right past it. They did not have a DJ that night, but they did have a lot of loud music playing and the bar was just the right amount of packed. Head down the stairs into an open cavern. Dimly lit chandeliers hang overhead and brick walls stand out as the decor. Proceed towards the bar and by now you've guessed it, do order a cocktail. If you like the taste of absinthe, I suggest you order the Spazerac. It's really good! I have not tried any of the small plates, so I'm not sure about those. The crowd is a bit older then say 675, but it's a solid place if you want to take a small group or perhaps a date before really going out for the night. Although it was a decent bar and the atmosphere was way more laid back then anywhere else in Meatpacking, it would not be my first choice in the area.
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