Halloween isn’t just for candy and costumes, it’s also for enjoying BOO-zy cocktails with your ghoulish gals. We’ve rounded up the best places to sip killer cocktails in New York this spooky season.
JIMMY at The James
15 Thompson St
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Over at JIMMY at The James, they’re serving up the Jeff Spicoli Special, crafted with Montelobos Mezcal, Montenegro Amaro, pumpkin butter, orange bitters, and a CBD gummy bear to take the edge right off.
Sunday In Brooklyn
348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
We can always count on Brooklyn for the prettiest cocktails. At Sunday in Brooklyn (one of our favorite brunch spots), the restaurant is serving up the Jason Takes Manhattan, made with Rye, Aquavit, Rooibos tea, and bitters. It’s a spirit-forward, smooth cocktail, served up in Nick and Nora glass with a machete through the cherry—a spooky riff on a classic Manhattan.
Photo credit: Alex Kikis
If a Manhattan is too classic for you, Sunday in Brooklyn is also offering the POLAR-geist, made with Tequila Blanco, Mastiha, coconut, blue Curaçao, pineapple, lime, and Pandan. It’s a bright blue, tropical, refreshing, slushy cocktail served frozen in a flower glass with shredded coconut and a skeleton arm swizzle stick. Blue Halloween—we dig it.
Get our thoughts on this super-popular Brooklyn brunch spot, here.
45 West 27th Street
Cemetery Gates – Inspired by The Smith’s song called “Cemetery Gates,” which was written about Oscar Wilde’s love for satire, this beverage is a mixture of Old Overholt rye, peach liquor, amaro nonino and ango.
Lillie’s Victorian Establishment
13 E. 17th Street
249 W.49th Street
Sip on the Devil’s Advocate, complete with muddled fresno peppers, Giffard passion fruit, agave, lime juice and tequila reposado.
358 W. 58th Street
The things that freaked us out as kids are on the menu here. A selection of drinks inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tales are brought to life at Hudson Bar with the “Grimms’ Fairy Cocktails” menu.
Pucker Up, Prince! This crafty cocktail is made from Crown Royal, Apple Pucker liquor, pineapple juice, and a cranberry ice cube. Watch the Frog Prince transform before your eyes.
The Thai Paloma, with Volcan De Mi Tierra’s Blanco Tequila, grapefruit, lime, coconut nectar, Thai chili tincture and Kafir lime leaves, gets ghost-like with cedar chips set alight prior to being served.
121 W. 10th Street
Photo credit Nick Vorderman
Over in the West Village, Slowly Shirley has crafted a dark and dreamy cocktail for two. The Perla Negra (for two) is served in a skull on the rocks, and crafted with Santa Teresa 1796 rum, activated charcoal, Kalamansi, orange juice, honey, ginger, arrack, and sorel (dried hibiscus). That spooky skull is down right delicious—and pretty, as it’s garnished with orchids.
Leave it to a seafood joint to turn Halloween into a pirate’s holiday. Seamore’s is serving up the Groggy Pirate, made with Flor de Cana 7-year-aged rum, lemon, honey syrup, orange juice, and cinnamon, with a Scotch wash and a lemon wedge garnish. Brunch there ain’t so bad either.
542 W.27th Street
Sunday, Bloody Sunday—do the Bitches ever love a good Bloody Mary. At rooftop mainstay Gallow Green, you can enjoy the Bloody Hell- blanco tequila, fresh lemon juice, McKittrick Bloody Mary blend (a secret recipe of tomato juice, olive brine, and spices), with a blend of chipotle pepper and Habañero pepper sauces, and a stout beer. It’s garnished with a lemon wedge, peppers, celery, and pickled green beans.
P.S. Get our brunch review, here.
The Club Car at The McKittrick Hotel
542 West 27th Street
Imbibe on the Smoke and Mirrors in the dark, sexy, and boozy McKittrick hotel. This lowball cocktail on ice is blended with two types of Scotch, fresh lemon juice, spicy ginger syrup, simple syrup, and candied ginger.
Shruti loves roaming in rompers and discovering hidden gems and rooftop bars around the city. When she’s not perfecting her media pitches, you can find her discovering the latest digital marketing trends and binge-watching reality TV shows. On the weekends, she’s usually indulging in the three main food groups: champagne, carbs and candy.