5 Secret Bars in New York City

You may need to navigate a disguised entrance or know the secret passcode to enter, but that’s part of the charm at these cocktail bars.
 

1. Le Boudoir

Photograph courtesy of Le Boudoir.

Below Chez Moi eatery, there’s a secret tunnel that leads to a cocktail bar modelled after Marie Antoinette’s ornate chambers. Slide into one of the booths to savour drinks such as the Cornelia, made with tequila, jalapeno-infused mezcal, corn puree, lime juice, basil oil and agave.

135 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, boudoirbk.com

2. Attaboy

Photograph courtesy of Attaboy.

Gain entry by ringing the bell on the unmarked door near a window with a M&H Tailors Alterations sign. The menu-less bar has been recognized by The World’s 50 Best Bars for libations crafted to individual tastes.

134 Eldridge St., Manhattan, attaboy.us

3. Karasu

Located in a former medical office, this Japanese eatery serves sakes, Asian-inspired cocktails and has a full food menu. Enter through a door behind Walter’s, a restaurant run by the same owners.

166 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, karasubk.com

4. PDT

Head to the phone booth at the back of Crif Dogs and dial 1 to access bartender Jim Meehan’s speakeasy. An acronym for Please Don’t Tell, the 12-year-old operation is known for its sophisticated cocktails.

113 St. Marks Pl., Manhattan, pdtnyc.com

5. The 18th Room

Photograph by Noah Fecks.

Behind a coffee supply storefront facade, this art deco-inspired barroom (named after the alcohol-banning 18th Amendment) is where managers Joseph Boroski and Brendan Bartley create bespoke cocktails tailored to your spirit preferences. There’s also a seasonal menu that currently includes creative drinks such as the Ice Ice Coffee, the bar’s version of a martini espresso.

134 Ninth Ave., Manhattan, the18throom.com

[This story appears in the October 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]

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