4. Little Branch
What list of Manhattan cocktail bars would be complete without the influence of Sasha Petraske? The man who revived modern cocktail culture left a legacy of libations, especially at his West Village speakeasy, where a jazzy ambience and creative cocktails combine in a cozy ragtime experience. The drinks here are catered to the drinker, but ask for rye and you’ll get a unique twist on the Manhattan, in whatever fashion the bartender sees fit that evening.
22 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014, USA
5. Blue Bar
The legendary Algonquin Hotel bar has been a favorite of literary greats like Dorothy Parker since its grand opening at the end of the Prohibition Era. Whether the day calls for Happy Hour or post-theater nightcaps, the Blue Bar will mix up all the classics and more. While their straight-up Manhattan is crowd pleaser, a more adventurous palate will love the Algonquin, made with rye, dry vermouth and pineapple juice.