The tagline "Underground Libations" is a clue you'll be going deep for this late-night cocktail spot founded by a team of hospitality professionals to restore "the art of tending bar," so don't let the gritty back-alley entrance and modest signage throw you off. Swing wide that metal door, tromp down a run of stairs, and you're in a low-lit, wood-paneled lounge that channels the vibe of Old New York. Get there at happy hour, 5-7 p.m., for half off a selection of signature cocktails. Happy hour or not, I highly recommend the Old Fashioned.
— Stephanie Earls