The Dizzy Fizz’s Top 10 NYC Cocktail Bars to Open in 2011: Reader’s Choice!

Theo Lieberman, bartender at Lantern's Keep, voted best cocktail bar to open in 2011.

The results are in–thanks to the hundreds of readers who took the time to cast a vote! It was a tight race ’til the finish, and I’m glad it wasn’t up to me this time–so many fantastic cocktail bars made their debut this year and it was a tough field to narrow down. Have you sipped your way through all of these bars? If not, make it your New Year’s resolution to, and enjoy some of the best cocktails in the world. Salut!

1. Lantern’s Keep at Iroquois Hotel, 49 W. 44th St.
2. The Vault at Pfaff’s, 643 Broadway
3. Rum House, 228 W. 47th St.
4. Maison Premiere, 298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
5. Amor y Amargo, 443 E. 6th St.
6. Mulberry Project, 149 Mulberry St.
7. Silver Lining, 75 Murray St.
8. The Tippler, 425 W. 15th St.
9. Mother’s Ruin, 18 Spring St.
10. Bathtub Gin, 132 9th Ave.

Honorable mentions: The Beagle, 162 Ave. A; JBird, 251 W. 48th St.; and Prima, 58 E. 1st St.

The restored bar at Rum House, one of the top bars to open in 2011.

Elsewhere in the Liquiverse…

The Rum House in Times Square, beautifully restored by the Ward III crew, opened earlier this week. Photo my Melissa Hom, New York Magazine.

  • Since El Cobre let the rum flow in December, January of 2011 has been a good one for cocktails with the opening of several new bars and more on the way. The West Village’s  Fedora reopened with a seasonal menu and the promise of barrel-aged cocktails. Another reopening, The Rum House in Times Square, was orchestrated this week by the owners of Ward III (more photos here),  bringing classic drinks and fresh polish to the piano lounge. What’s most exciting is that drinks are $12-$14, a steal for the neighborhood. And The Mulberry Project, a cocktail cave in Little Italy, was recently opened by alums from Milk & Honey, GoldBar and Bagatelle. Later this month, look for Williamsburg’s Maison Premiere oyster bar with cocktails by Maxwell Britten, along with Teqa taqueria and tequileria in Murray Hill. And in February, Locanda Verde’s Andrew Carmellini brings The Dutch to Sullivan Street in SoHo with a cocktail program by mixologist and spirits writer Naren Young.
  • On a completely opposite note, a new Duane Reade drug store in Williamsburg is selling beer by the growler to stand out from the mom-and-pop pharmacies. I’d say something about this being another nail in the coffin for the hipster-hood, then again, that coffin is plaid, covered in wheat paste graffiti and sold by Urban Outfitters.
  • On January 25, Edible Manhattan is hosting Good Spirits at Le Poisson Rouge, a mash-up of some of the city’s finest food and drink featuring top chefs and mixologists. Get a sweet discount on the $40 ticket price here, and you’ve got no excuse not to go.