Of all of the speakeasy style cocktail bars I’ve been to, Dutch Kills holds a special place in my personal list of cocktail bars. Underneath the subway tracks that I take to work every day in an area of town that once was a wasteland of ten lanes of vehicular traffic (they’ve made some great improvements as of late though!),there exists this wonderful haven of cocktail-making.
Dutch Kills is just one of Saschaa Petraske’s “Hand Crafted Cocktail Empire,” which includes Little Branch, Mile and Honey, The East Side Company Bar, and White Star.
Getting In: The outside is marked by only a white neon sign. It says “Bar.” The insides are dark wood and dimly lit- it feels like a speakeasy and is very much in the line with the current trend. Its a cozy bar and a great place to take someone for a date or for an intimate gathering of a few friends. I don’t recommend it strongly for groups, but compared to other speakeasy style cocktail bars in the city you’re more likely to find space for your large group here than many other places.
What’s Good: Two words “bartender’s choice.” The bartenders are incredible and despite my penchant for requesting “strong, non-fruity, complex drinks with no dairy, using gin as a base liquor he was able to give me three different cocktails over the course of an evening. My favorite was the Arsenic and Old Lace Cocktail: Gin, St. Germain, Vermouth and Creme De Violette. It’s in the spirit of the Aviation cocktail, but even more floral.
Best Nights: Any Night you can get your friends to come to Queens
Best Drink on the Menu: Ask the Bartender. He/she won’t steer you wrong.