One of the biggest gripes I have about going to clubs in New York City is that the drinks just aren’t up to par with what you are paying for. Of course bartenders need to keep the bar traffic flowing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the only thing they should know how to make is a vodka cranberry. Especially if I am being expected to pay over $20 for a cocktail, I would at least like to be able to stomach my drink. With that, I bring you the New York clubs who can whip up the best cocktails. [Photo via]
1. RdV. : Short for Rendezvous, RdV. is a 13th Street Entertainment nightclub in a subterranean setting. A staircase leading below the chic restaurant Brasserie Beaumarchais will bring you to a club that almost feels like you’re partying in a rich friend’s Park Avenue apartment. Vintage Victorian couches, large potted plants and modern art set the mood and the music played is more of an open format. But the best feature of RdV. is its bartenders. Each drink is skillfully prepared with fresh ingredients and high quality spirits. Suggested Drink: Mojito [Photo via]
2. Le Bain: At the 18th floor of the standard lies a nightclub and in the middle of that nightclub is a hot tub. Brought to us by famed nightlife operators Andre Balazs and Andre Saravia, Le Bain was our answer to Le Baron before the New York outpost existed. The sleek black interior and wall to ceiling mirrors are quite stunning to say the least and the crowd has a little bit of everything ranging from a very prevalent International crowd to hipsters. The drinks at Le Bain are relatively inexpensive for the area, $14 on average, and are mostly quite good.
Suggested Drink: Grapefruit Gimlet [Photo via]
3. Le Baron: Speaking of both Andres, Le Baron is also another club known for putting a little extra care in its cocktails. On an otherwise desolate street in Chinatown, Le Baron has a rather unforgiving door policy but if you can bypass doorman William Takahashi, then you’re in for a real good time. The upper area is great for conversing with friends and light dancing but the downstairs is where the real party is. Electro music is played until the sun comes up and good luck spotting your friends through all that fake fog. Suggested Drink: The Le Baron [Photo via]
4. PH-D: Short for “Penthouse at The Dream” PH-D is a Strategic Group venture that boasts some of the best views in the city. Guarded by the notoriously strict doorman, Alex Jullian, PH-D is a place where civilians and business men can come hangout with models. But this privilege comes with a cost of course, and that cost will be a bottle of Belvedere that will set you back about $500 because remember: nothing in life is free. Suggested Drink: Wet Dream [Photo via]
5. Provocateur: Not only does Provocateur provide some of the best DJs and decor in the city, but they also have one of the best bar programs. Each drink is carefully crafted to enhance some bodily function whether it be for the skin or healthy aging. The lounge area, designed by the top design firm ICrave, provides a more chill vibe while the club portion is where the party is at. Lasers, Co2 gas and LED lights make Provocateur one of the crazier spots to go out. Suggested Drink: Teddy Bear [Photo via]