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
425 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011
A, C, E: 14 Street / 8 Avenue; L: 8 Avenue / 14 Street
M–W, Su 5pm–2am, Th–Sa 5pm–4am
Chelsea / Flatiron, New York –
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.
Creative young professionals, artists, hipsters, and some of the traditional club-bound Meatpacking crowd on weekends, 20s to 30s.
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.
Menu of small plates including meats, cheeses, olives, soft pretzels, honey with bread, and deviled-egg toast.
Small plates $3–$18. Beer $6–$9+, wine $9–$19/glass or $32–$48/bottle, cocktails $7–$13.
Business casual to trendy: button-downs, nice jeans, plaid, suit jackets, blouses, cocktail dresses, heels.
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.
Bathtub Gin (132 9th Avenue) is another speakeasy located a few blocks north that features a similarly extensive list of creative craft cocktails.