Raines Law Room

NYC’s sexiest cocktail bar is named for the 1896 NY State law prohibiting the sale of liquor on Sundays except in hotels, thereby producing  a sudden spate of bars with beds upstairs. Raines Law Room in Chelsea is a swank, new-era speakeasy with old style touches starting with its unmarked black door at the bottom…

Little Branch

You may walk by the Little Branch a few times before you realize you’ve found the discreetly marked entrance. And then the doorman may make you wait outside until someone leaves — an indication of just how popular this underground lair is. But get in you must. When finally admitted, down a steep staircase you…

Williams & Graham

Denver’s premier speakeasy-style bar opened to raves in 2011 and just keeps getting better. In fact, it was named Best American Cocktail Bar at the 2015 Spirited Awards. It’s easy to see why. The staff: bartenders, waiters and hosts are genuinely friendly and knowledgeable – eager to make your visit an enjoyable experience. The entrance…

PDT (Please Don’t Tell)

Go to the East Village in New York City. Find the hotdog-shaped sign that says, “Eat Me” and duck into the Crif Dogs hotdog shop, a popular neighborhood take-out. Find the telephone booth. Pick up the phone and dial. Those are enough clues for you to find what is perhaps NYC’s quintessential secret bar. Once…

Employees Only

Is Employees Only the best bar in the world? Serious cocktail enthusiasts seem to think so. And so do other bartenders from around the world – and local bar workers after their shifts — who stop by to pay homage to this much-lauded drinkery West Village. The suave, white-jacketed bar team cranks out top-notch classic…