While gin bars aren’t as big a thing in many major cities as, say, whiskey bars, New York still has plenty of solid options when you’re looking for a bit of juniper-infused spirit in your life.
From great gin selections to G&T’s so perfect you’ll think you’ll hear angels sing every time you take a sip, we’ve picked out the best places for you to go in the Big Apple. Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, here are the best places to drink gin and tonic in NYC.
A Prohibition-era bar with a name that evokes earlier, simpler times, when people made hooch in bathtubs, Bathtub Gin is a must for gin lovers. Entering through a door in Stone Street Coffee Shop, which fronts the bar, is like stepping back in time. With over 30 gins on their menu, you really can’t go wrong. If you’re a fan of speakeasies, or just want to pretend you grew up in a different time, you need to get here ASAP. 132 9th Avenue, 646-559-1671, www.bathtubgininnyc.com
A British gastro-pub, The Winslow is a great place for a bite to eat and also a great place to bring other people if you love gin and they don’t, as they offer British beers and a variety of other cocktails. The house-made tonic, though, is where it’s at, especially when mixed with one of the many gins on the menu. 243 E 14th St., 212-777-7717, www.thewinslownyc.com
A tapas bar with a gin addiction, Cata is known primarily for their gin & tonics, which range from the classic “Natural,” to G&Ts that feature flavors such as Thai Chili Pepper and Star Anise. While you might not always pair the two together, Cata has done it and done it well. The bacalao fritters and the chicken croquetas are perfect accompaniments to a G&T. 245 Bowery, 212-505-2282, www.catarestaurant.com
Proof + Gauge
Proof + Gauge is the cocktail bar and tasting room of the Astoria Distilling Company, Proof + Gauge is the best place to see the distillery’s Queen’s Courage Gin—an Old Tom Gin made with “New York Rooftop Honey” and other premium ingredients—on full display. From the “Local G&T,” made with area-produced tonic to the “Idlewild,” which is made with blue cornflowers, lemon, and cherry bitters, the mixologists behind the bar are doing great things with the company’s spirit. 31-00 47th Avenue, Long Island City, 718-937-7663, www.proofandgauge.com