Bathtub Gin

Lounge / Restaurant / Gin Bar
Bathtub Gin Bathtub Gin in New York's Chelsea neighborhood is a cool speakeasy hidden behind a coffee shop. Get your NYC party in a venti cup to go at Party Earth. New York United States 40.7436313 -74.0032336
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Bathtub Gin - Lounge | Restaurant | Gin Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review It may be an ordinary coffee shop by day, but it’s the not-so-covertly hidden speakeasy in back that draws the real thirsty crowd to Bathtub Gin at night. Come 6pm, the bouncer makes the joint look like the most exclusive... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    A, C, E, L: 14th Street / 8th Avenue; A, C, E: 23rd Street / 8th Avenue; F, L, M: 14th Street / 6 Avenue

  • Phone:

    646-559-1671

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  • Hours:

    M–W 6pm–2am, Th–Sa 6pm–4am, Su 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bathtub Gin Review

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Bathtub Gin in New York's Chelsea neighborhood is a cool speakeasy hidden behind a coffee shop. Get your NYC party in a venti cup to go at Party Earth.

It may be an ordinary coffee shop by day, but it’s the not-so-covertly hidden speakeasy in back that draws the real thirsty crowd to Bathtub Gin at night.

Come 6pm, the bouncer makes the joint look like the most exclusive café in town, but patrons entering into this 1920s-styled watering hole aren’t looking for cappuccinos.

The walls are covered in damask detail, the warm lamps are fringed, and the crowd tucked around the cozy black-lacquered tables and silk couches is a mix of the curious, the connoisseurs, and young party types who don’t mind a mildly discerning doorman.

Exclusivity isn’t what the venue’s about, though the host of creative cocktails whipped up by expert mixologists usually attracts a classy crowd.

That doesn’t stop patrons from climbing into the vintage copper tub in the room’s center after a few too many gin martinis, of course, or from getting frisky during Sunday’s regular burlesque show, or making use of what little open space is available on a busy night when dance music turns up after dinner hours.

The secret is long out on Bathtub Gin, but with a host of tasty shareable plates like lamb ribs and crab-stuffed mushrooms to go with the drinks, it’s a great place to enjoy an old fashioned date and chill with friends – and then stick around for a good old modern party.

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Tip from Jonah:

The vibe can change quickly in the Bathtub after 10pm, especially on the weekends. Unless you’re looking to turn up the volume on your night, make a reservation and drop in early.

  • Crowd

    Couples on dates, dressed down finance guys, cocktail hounds, folks who aren’t tired of the speakeasy craze, creative suits, and a younger/rowdier crowd on the weekends, 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jazz earlier in the evening. DJ spins a little of everything including rock, house, and dance Th–Sa. Burlesque show last Sunday of every month.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Assortment of small plates including pork tacos, truffle mushroom gnocchi, and mini burgers, and a small selection of desserts including toast-your-own s’mores.

    Brunch on Sundays is a prix fixe deal that includes one item off the menu – egg dishes, salmon scramble, hummus plate, and other brunch standards – and a mimosa or Bloody Mary. Food served until a half hour before closing.

  • Prices

    No cover charge. Brunch prix fixe $20, plates $5–$18, desserts $5–$9. Beer $8–$14, wine $11–$16/glass or $55–$80/bottle, cocktails $14–$16, champagne $13–$25/glass or $65–$200/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Classy: suits, cool vintage wear, Brooks Brothers button-downs, sequined skirts, 1920s flapper dresses. A little more Ed Hardy and mini-miniskirts on the weekends.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the week for an intimate date or chill gathering with friends, Thursdays through Saturdays for more of a party scene, or the last Sunday of the month for the burlesque show.

  • Close By

    Tippler (425 West 15th Street) is another popular speakeasy tucked beneath the famed Chelsea Market, so patrons can stock up on fresh produce before enjoying some fresh cocktails.

Bathtub Gin User Reviews

Average rating:
Fine but not amazing by any stretch.
Craig Smollen S. Sep 18, 2012
It’s fine, but I would hardly call this place an authentic speakeasy. Yeah, it’s “hidden” behind a coffee shop…but the line of people at the door kind of gives it away, to say nothing of how much press this place has gotten. Don’t get me wrong, I found their bouncer to be one of the nicer (and bigger, JESUS!) doormen I have encountered. But the music tends to be crappy (way to loud to be a speakeasy) and patrons are usually rowdier than what expect a cozy hidden drinking den to be. Nice mix in the crowd, plenty of gays, straights, questionings, no clue, etc. Very pretty bathtub in the middle of the room people climb into to take pictures. I imagine these are the same people who think Coney Island is fun and authentic. It’s a bathtub. Probably crawling with germs, too. Cocktails are good but nothing amazing, i.e. Martinez, La Louisiane, Negroni, etc. Have had way better at douche upscale lounges, where I actually expect them to cost $15. Crowded as hell on the weekends. Never again. Maybe early in the week but only if I am in the area.
Afterwork Drinks, Business Drinks, or Classy Saturday Night Out
Samuel H. Sep 12, 2012
First and foremost, if you are a whiskey fan VISIT BATHTUB GIN! That is, if you can get a reservation which is necessary as it is a speakeasy, so make sure to call first. The drinks are flat out amazing, as you might be able to tell from some of the pictures on this page. Bathtub Gin makes for the perfect place to have a casual business meeting over drinks, however, it also has an extremely sexy and more "clubby" vibe on Friday and Saturday nights as it get packed with beautiful people and great music. I would highly recommend visiting Bathtub Gin, I promise you'll want to go back.
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