Experimental Cocktail Club

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Experimental Cocktail Club Searching for events at Experimental Cocktail Club in New York? Check out Party Earth for schedules, photos, videos, and more for this great speakeasy! New York United States 40.721892375167 -73.9919382333755
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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

  • Subway:

    J: Bowery / Delancey Street; F: Lower East Side-2 Avenue / Houston Street; B, D: Grand Street / Chrystie Street

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  • Hours:

    Daily 6pm–4am

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Party Earth Experimental Cocktail Club Review

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Searching for events at Experimental Cocktail Club in New York? Check out Party Earth for schedules, photos, videos, and more for this great speakeasy!

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.

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Tip from Adriana:

Want a really private party? Book the private bar. It’s actually hidden behind a one-way mirror, so you can gather with your friends to try the incredible cocktails while you secretly stare out at everyone else in the main room.

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Beer $7, cocktails $14–$16, virgin cocktails $10, vintage cocktails $150–$200, champagne $120–$500/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dressy to artsy cool: designer duds, suit jackets, swanky vintage wear, glitzy tops, heels. Erring on the classy side is advised.

    No shorts allowed.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Earlier in the week for a better chance of getting in, or anytime to sample the unique cocktails.

  • Close By

    Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie Street) is a combination bar, dance den, and live music venue tucked away beneath an art gallery, and serves as a kitschy underground lair for the chic and edgy night-crawling denizens of Nolita and the Lower East Side.

Experimental Cocktail Club User Reviews

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Great Cocktail Bar
Risa C. Nov 22, 2012
As big fan of all things french once I heard the ECC was opening up in New York I had to check it out. I came by on a quiet Sunday night shortly after they had opened with a few friends that were in the industry. I scanned the menu while chatting with the super hot bartender, and ended up telling him to just make me whatever he wanted. After asking me a few questions I ended up with a refreshing gin cocktail which was exactly what I was looking for. Since it was relatively quiet we basically had the attention of the full staff and everyone was very friendly and not your stereotype of stuck-up frenchmen. At some point one of the guests had to go to the bathroom which for the record I think would be impossible to find while drunk when this place was crowded. It was literally seamless with the wall and covered in the same wallpaper so until the bartender pointed it out I never would've found it. Overall, great cocktail bar, great staff and great drinks!
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