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Pouring Ribbons

Pouring Ribbons

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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    Has a stamp of approval from Time Out New York and Eater
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    Sabina B.
    "Solid Manhattans, chill vibe, and the bouncer is a gem."(9 Tips)
    Shireen L.
    "Henry is the best bouncer in the world!!"(9 Tips)
    John E.
    "Best vintage Chartreuse menu you’ll find in NYC."(9 Tips)
    Nora M.
    "Amazing cocktails!! Best manhattan and old fashioned."(6 Tips)
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  • Swig
    SwigNovember 14, 2014
    The menu is brilliant and helps guide you to exactly what you want to be drinking. The spot is rather hidden but a wonderful gem. Remember to Swig your drink.
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  • John E.heart icon on user image
    John EFebruary 13, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Easily among the city’s best cocktail bars and more easygoing than other speakeasies of its caliber. The menus are both artistic and instructive. Best vintage Chartreuse menu you’ll find in NYC.
  • Bradley K.heart icon on user image
    Bradley KayFebruary 19, 2017
    The best cocktail bar not in your guide to the east village. This is where you won't wait 1-2 hours, yet has an astounding menu served by bartenders equal to any other spot. Most underrated.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMay 17, 2016
    The Way of the Warrior combines two kinds of rum, pineapple, vanilla, matcha, and coconut. The addition of a bitter element to this piña colada takes it beyond vacation status. Read more
  • Raj S.
    Raj SarmaAugust 25, 2013
    The Hot & Heavy is my recommendation, a well crafted cocktail with great balance & flavour. But before you enter and while you leave, don't miss out on a chance to chat with Henry, best bouncer ever!
  • Andie S.heart icon on user image
    Andie SleemanDecember 14, 2016
    There is so much room here!! One of my favorite spots when having cocktails with more than a couple of people. They do large format punches (awesome). Unique & helpful menu design.
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 19, 2013
    From the guys behind Death & Co., including Joaquín Simó, Tales of the Cocktail 2012 American Bartender of the Year. Featuring everything from Tiki riffs to stirred classics, and the service is tops.
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyDecember 16, 2013
    Home to 1) a ton of great cocktails laid out on a very cool cocktails matrix, 2) a Tales of the Cocktails best bartender winner of 2012, and 3) one of the best Chartreuse collections in the city.
  • Andrew P.heart icon on user image
    Andrew PerezDecember 12, 2017
    Chartreuse all day baby! Ask about it, sip it, enjoy it. Everyone that works here is so well informed, so just tell them what you like and they’ll help you out. The menu can be a lot.
  • Andrew D.heart icon on user image
    Andrew DollDecember 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Opened by former Death & Co barman, Jaoquin Simo, this cocktail lounge is both speakeasy and laid back offering an extensive menu of new and classic cocktails, plus a specialty for Chartreuse.
  • Michael D.heart icon on user image
    Michael DonovanOctober 24, 2016
    Another speakeasy within a speakeasy inside. Just enter the Subway next door and cut through the back. It's still part of Pouring Ribbons, but offers a more exclusive space.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkApril 11, 2013
    There are flawless standards here—a strapping Manhattan, a tingly champagne cocktail fizzing w/ sugar & Angostura bitters—but big-swinging bar talents really come out to play w/ their original drinks. Read more
  • Mike M.
    Mike McBryanDecember 23, 2014
    Surprisingly open and well lit space for a "speakeasy" - which I enjoyed, as I could see and hear my drinking partner, but the atmosphere is still secluded and warm. Drinks, as expected, were great.
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceJanuary 2, 2016
    Surprisingly big and bright upstairs. The menu is wonderfully creative. A good spot for a slightly larger group of 3-5. Same great cocktails you find at similar specialty cocktail places.
  • Zlata Z.heart icon on user image
    Zlata ZubenkoJune 24, 2018
    Loved my cocktail, Radio Rebelde. Perfect balance and the cherry just melted on the tongue! Great bar, not loud, not crowded 👌
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiJune 17, 2013
    "Pouring Ribbons, in a rather unlikely upstairs space in the deep East Village, is a paradise for the unashamed cocktail geek: spectacularly sophisticated, adventurous modern drinks in the classic..." Read more
  • Jeffrey W.heart icon on user image
    Jeffrey WootenJuly 27, 2013
    If you like bourbon start with eye to eye (fruit driven), then in spades and the coup de grace being the vieux carre. You can't go wrong. You will not mind waiting for the "L" train.
  • Claudia S.
    Claudia SchumacherDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    new cocktail bars are popping out every week in NYC but this one really surprised me. Excellent cocktails, great ambience and super nice bartenders. Already one of my favorite spots in the EV.
  • Amanda R.heart icon on user image
    Amanda RellaOctober 29, 2018
    Hidden behind a nondescript door and up some stairs. Creative menu with a matrix of cocktails. Bar is pretty large but not super busy. Suggest to put on some music in the background!
  • Alp O.
    Alp OzcelikMay 29, 2014
    Such good cocktails! A bit on the pricey side but totally worth it! The menu changes so be sure to look at all options!
  • Andrew K.heart icon on user image
    Andrew KippenMarch 28, 2013
    Great cocktails & simple atmosphere (although volume can be loud). Don't be confused by the wait outside - it's their way of doing things. Banter with the bouncer, slow down, and enjoy yourself.
  • PUNCH
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    Pouring Ribbons is well-versed in the classics, but going off-piste is also rewarded with eccentric ingredients including seven-spice-pumpkin-coconut mix, corn milk and yogurt. Read more
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 5, 2014
    Not your mama’s cocktail bar. We don’t want to spoil the fun that comes from reading the cocktail list, so we’ll just say that you can’t go wrong with the Dueling Banjos or the Dead Ramones.
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    Brendan LewisJune 24, 2014
    If it's not too busy, just tell the bartender "Dealer's Choice" and she'll make you some drinks they're thinking of putting on the menu. Good way to spend a night
  • Ross W.
    Ross Webster-SalterJanuary 16, 2017
    Having listed in the World's Top Bars in 2013, Joaquín Simó, Jason Cott and Shannon Tebay’s Pouring Ribbons continues to hold high regard among our industry experts.
  • Hector
    HectorApril 23, 2016
    Check out the map on the menu to let you know which kind of drink you should choose (spirit forward, refreshing, etc). Good cocktails 👍
  • Angela W.
    Angela WenDecember 4, 2015
    Good place to go with a group or date as it's hardly ever full but has a nice ambiance. Cocktails are on the pricey side.
  • Clay F.heart icon on user image
    Clay FoxJune 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best Old Fashioneds I've ever had. Ever. Moscow Mules are great as well. You really can't go wrong with any drink. These guys are awesome.
  • Erin F.
    Erin FinneganOctober 6, 2014
    The menu here has amazing graphs and a chart!! Lots of room inside... Looks closed, but it's on the second floor. THERE'S A CHARTREUSE TASTING MENU. MY GOD!
  • James
    JamesOctober 9, 2013
    The most amazing drinks menu I have ever seen - don't read it, just use the graph on the first page and choose your drink by 'feel'... Every drink was a winner.
  • Ehrin F.
    Ehrin FeeleyDecember 29, 2012
    Great drinks. Great staff. The decore is the downfall here. It feels drab and boring... It should have way more character and atmosphere especially considering their menu is so interesting.
  • Mikahla V.heart icon on user image
    Mikahla VicinoNovember 19, 2017
    Cozy old school decor paired with an innovative and fun cocktail menu. I appreciate the chart that helps you map out your perfect drink.
  • Ting
    TingMarch 31, 2013
    Great cocktails. I love the barometers they have on the menu to indicate how adventurous is each drink. Be careful about the bill though. They overcharged us by $100.
  • Maneesh N.heart icon on user image
    Maneesh NMay 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go off menu and ask for a "Hot and Heavy"...since the menu is seasonal, that drink isn't always there, but if you like spicy drinks, they'll make one for you
  • Kristina R.heart icon on user image
    Kristina RudicMarch 19, 2017
    Unique cocktails! Bartenders really know what they're doing so ask for recommendations. They won't steer you wrong. The #14 is refreshing and a crowd pleaser.
  • Jenn Z.
    Jenn ZhangMay 10, 2013
    A lovely night out should be really quite simple. No secret passwords, no hidden doors, just really complex drinks and freinds Mai Tai is absolutely delicious.
  • Jinnie L.heart icon on user image
    Jinnie LOctober 13, 2014
    hands down- my #1 go to cocktail bar in the city ;) she's no lady is pretty good but old fashioned n third rail are delicious♥
  • RDW
    RDWOctober 16, 2012
    Almost wish this gem could stay hidden, if you appreciate the cocktail, & are willing to pay for it, this dark & private spot is for you, best Old Fashion I've ever had, and waitresses ain't shabby... Read more
  • Rachael B.
    Rachael BrungardAugust 19, 2013
    An entire page devoted to aged chartreuse? Yeeeeeeeeees. Also, whenever you get a special chartreuse they give you a regular one to sip with it for FREE. To "compare". Offsets the price, too.
  • Diana F.heart icon on user image
    Diana FuJune 27, 2015
    Very spacious but cozy and intimate! Drink menu is very thoughtfully laid out, showing spectrums of comforting/adventurous and refreshingly/spirituous!
  • Emi S.
    Emi SuzukiApril 12, 2014
    this is my favorite cocktail bar in EV/ABC. used to get the duck and cover a lot but they have a new menu for spring. already a fan.
  • ZZubinheart icon on user image
    ZZubinSeptember 24, 2016
    Beautiful cocktail menu and somehow never seems to be too crowded. Great alternative to the overhyped spots 5-10 blocks south
  • Candice D.heart icon on user image
    Candice DSouzaNovember 30, 2016
    Superior cocktails. Take the extra time needed to go through the well designed menu and understand what cocktail you are in the mood for.
  • Lukas R.
    Lukas RačkauskasJuly 27, 2013
    Henry sets you for a promising start. Cocktails well priced and rather creative. Nice night spot, worth adding to your NY to do list. Keep it up.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 14, 2013
    The One Flight Up is a riff on a pisco sour, with Campari and soda mingling in the bottom, and a faint whiff of orange flower water.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesJuly 18, 2015
    Great cocktails in Alphabet City. I got the Rags to Riches (made with Fighting cock bourbon, cardamaro, vanilla, root beer bitters) and really enjoyed it.
  • Kuo-yu L.heart icon on user image
    Kuo-yu LiangApril 8, 2018
    Coolest thing is their rotating themed cocktail menu. This time it was 20 drinks inspired by 1959 Cuba, last time it was The Silk Road.
  • Derek T. K.heart icon on user image
    Derek T. KuSeptember 15, 2015
    Great ambience and cocktails. Their menu is very fun and easy to read.
  • Moshe T.heart icon on user image
    Moshe TeitzAugust 31, 2015
    Friendly staff, classy atmosphere and a limited enough cocktail menu that the weight of the world isn't on your shoulders when you order
  • Ashley R.heart icon on user image
    Ashley RoseDecember 27, 2015
    Snack menu is limited- the cheese and meats are served with wheat thins. I enjoyed the hot mess.
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