If you want a prohibition-era cocktail without the fussiness and exclusivity of Bourbon & Branch, pop into this stylish, upstairs Union Square bar in the Mystic Hotel. Some of the city’s best bartenders, clad in suspenders and vests, serve up classic and new-age cocktails without a hint of pretention. There’s live jazz every night and a film-noir aesthetic provide a sexy, vintage vibe. Delicious (and substantial) bar bites add to the lure.
- Erika Lennert