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Top 10 NYC Bars for Ginlovers

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1 1 1 Dutch Kills    My enduring favorite happens to be in my home borough. But one visit and you’ll see that this isn’t just blatant homerism. Good cocktails and the well educated bartenders have a seemingly endless list of “boozy gin cocktails without dairy, saved straight up.” 2 2 2 Amor Y Amargo  Though not really a “gin bar” and not really just a bar as much as also a “bitters showroom,” good gins often play a key role in Amor y Amargo’s cocktail concoctions. 3 3 – Madame Geneva  Though recently enduring a lot more competition in New York city for the title “best gin selection,” Madame Geneva’s nearly 50 gins are if not the city’s biggest, definitely in the top 5. Combine that with one of the best feels and largest sitting areas, its one of the city’s best gin dens. 4 – – The Gin Palace  Though some of you might get me for having the two places which specialize in gin at 3 and 4, it should hardly be considered a check against these places. Though the selection is slightly smaller than Madame Geneva’s, and has slightly fewer American made gins, it had a few more obscure entries.

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Lantern’s Keep

If you’re a New Yorker- you’re likely to be giving me a funny look right now. I’m reviewing that which is not exactly a cocktail bar or lounge. Located in the back of the Iroquois hotel in midtown (44th street between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), the Lantern’s Keep is a surprising gem. Classy and quiet. Nice drink selection, ample seating. Perfect for conversation with friends or a date. The vibe feels European to me, with what appear to be Degas prints on the wall.

I could name drop and say that the menu has the same mind behind it as Raine’s Law Room near Union Square, but I’ll let it stand on its own. One of my personal favorites on the menu was the Tailspin – a mix of Plymouth gin, sweet vermouth, green chartreuse, orange bitters & a rinse of campari, stirred and served.  Everything on the menu that I tried was excellent.

So if you happen to venture near Times Square, looking for a drink, you could do so much worse than Lantern’s Keep. In fact- for great drinks and quiet conversation, I think there’s few places you could do better.

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