The Summit Bar

The Summit Bar

Cocktail Bar and Lounge$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
  • Stars
  • Stars
    The experts at The Corcoran Group and Serious Eats recommend this place
    • The Corcoran Group
    • Serious Eats
  • Tips
    Mike W.
    "Get a John Lee Hooker, it's smoky, it's sweet, you're gonna love it."(18 Tips)
    Nina Y.
    "Try the 'Off to the Races' or 'Say Hello to my Little Friend.'"(5 Tips)
    İpek A.
    "One of the best cocktail bar in Alphabet City."(4 Tips)
    Abner A.
    "Great old fashioned - really cool vibe."(10 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • john lee hooker
  • little friend
  • good for dates
  • trendy
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  • Keith M.
    Keith MyersApril 13, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Warren is the best bartender in New York City and he works here sometimes. If you’re lucky enough to have him as your bartender you’re going to have an amazing time.
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    DoubleDeuceJanuary 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Casual and quiet during the week. I imagine it's packed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so stop by another day. The happy hour is 5:30 - 7:30 and offers half-price oysters and half-price cocktails.
  • Ish R.heart icon on user image
    Ish RaiJuly 25, 2017
    Amazing bartender that could make anything. Don't know his name but he's in the background of this picture. He made amazing virgin lemonade and great old fashioned for my husband. Great banter too!
    CITY GRITAugust 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Hello Gov’ner! In other words, start with Gov’ner. Followed by Charmane’s Star. Followed by the Ground to Glass. Followed by the largest slice of pizza you can get your hands on. 1 of our fav spots!
  • Archie W.
    Archie WaltersJuly 5, 2013
    Some excellent, creative drinks selections here...a nice little hidden gem in EV! Of course there is nowhere in NYC that makes drinks as tasty as they do at Harding's in Flatiron though! #checkthemout
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RenaudAugust 30, 2015
    Oyster happy hour, great drinks, and an outdoor area out back. You can actually hear the people next to you on the early side, but at midnight on a Saturday night, expect to be crammed in.
  • Candace C.heart icon on user image
    Candace ChangApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Im a fan of the music, its a chill spot, and the Charmaine's Star cocktail is amazing if you like cucumber. Solid spot with friends but it definitely gets crowded so get there early!
  • Masha I.
    Masha IovevaMay 6, 2015
    Charmane's Star (Russian Standard Vodka, Cucumber, Shiso Leaf, Fresh Lime, Vietnamese Cinnamon Infused Agave, Rhubarb Bitters) Gov’nor (yuzu, orange juice and cardamom-infused agave syrup)
  • Paige C.heart icon on user image
    Paige CMay 25, 2014
    The staff at this bar went above and beyond to make my birthday special! Everyone had a great time and the drinks are creative and unbelievable! Thank you!
  • Melody H.heart icon on user image
    Melody HanDecember 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    It can get a little rowdy here on weekends but cocktails are all solid. Trivia: Charmaine's Star is named after the mixologist's favorite adult actress.
    CITY GRITAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Hello Gov’ner! Or in other words, start with the Gov’ner. Followed by Charmane’s Star. Followed by the Ground to Glass. Followed by the largest slice of pizza you can get your hands on.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 17, 2011
    Satisfy your interest in the art of Mixology at this art deco lounge. End your work day with a perfectly concocted Manhattan or ask the bartender for a suggestion.
    CITY GRITAugust 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    We like the spicy margarita which is the perfect way to wash down a pickleback. Cash only and avoid it like the plague on weekends. It is too packed to think.
  • Cesar R.heart icon on user image
    Cesar RazuriAugust 17, 2013
    Drinks are hands down amazing, but the staff are top notch (Demetrius and Pete). Try the John Lee Hooker or The Guv'nor, which is really fun to say.
  • Alexandrea T.
    Alexandrea ThomsenFebruary 23, 2012
    Jane is as smart and refreshing as her creations! Wicked cool and warm. We will be back because of her, the drinks, decor and general welcome we received! Thank you Jane and Summit!
  • Neha K.
    Neha KulkarniJanuary 4, 2014
    One of my favorite cocktail bars in NYC -- you must get the Governess, Charmane's Star or Breaking the Law. Also if you ever want to host a private party just ask the bartenders about the back patio
  • Ranu R.heart icon on user image
    Ranu RajkarnikarNovember 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great cocktail spot on Ave. C. Popular for dates. Just get the John Lee Hooker and prepare to ask yourself why it's so delicious.
  • Dan
    DanMay 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Literally every drink on the menu is top notch here. If you still need guidance though, the John Lee Hooker and Charmane Star are each unique. Or try a spicy margarita with mezcal
  • Lady S.heart icon on user image
    Lady SmileSeptember 6, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Really chill place. Great bartenders. The Gov'ner is my favorite. This is coming from a straight whiskey loving gal. 😂😂😅
  • Bradley K.heart icon on user image
    Bradley KayFebruary 19, 2017
    Tiny backyard space worth checking on (it's often forgotten). John Lee Hooker drink is excellent. Gets crowded at top times.
  • Michael F.heart icon on user image
    Great drinks, try John hooker for sure. Sliders are excellent, both pulled pork and buffalo chicken, shrimp not so much
  • Henaliheart icon on user image
    HenaliApril 14, 2014
    such a cute little place with lots of bar seats! Loved the ambiance and chill vibe here, but dont recommend it for big groups
  • Holiday
    HolidayDecember 15, 2017
    Came in for cocktails and couldn’t resist the Maine oysters and pork (with beet slaw!) sliders. Cocktail of the night was a gin pear rosemary stunner.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 17, 2011
    Put this place on your list of go-to spots for creative, funky and delicious cocktails! Try The Situation, Charmane’s Star or The Guv’nor!
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanOctober 23, 2014
    Great cocktails, lively atmosphere, customers in late 20s early 30s, which is rare for neighborhood. Gets crowded early.
  • Tom🐳 L.
    Tom🐳 LimongelloAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the John Lee Hooker. (Peat monster scotch, Summit Orange & Sasparilla Bitters, Fresh Lemon Juice, Topped with Hop Stoopid Beer)
  • Russell H.heart icon on user image
    Russell HirschornJanuary 3, 2015
    A little out of the way, but youll forget the walk after their amazing cocktails, ambiance, and service.
  • ConBon
    ConBonDecember 27, 2011
    Just tell the bartender/mixologist what you want in a drink. They make fancy, fun, delicious drinks. Chill, lounge vibe. Amazing patio/outdoor space.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 6, 2013
    In addition to their classics, check out their rotating list of seasonal cocktails
  • Jess L.
    Jess LeungAugust 26, 2012
    Their list of Alchemist cocktails are beyond intriguing, with Charmane’s Star being a personal standout. An interesting mix of cucumber and cinnamon.
  • Mike M.
    Mike McBryanDecember 11, 2014
    Worth the trip to Avenue C. Try and grab the table in the back if you are with a group. Drink the John Lee Hooker.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BuckleySeptember 6, 2014
    Their non-advertised, strictly WOM brunch, dawg. Do it!
  • Daniela A.heart icon on user image
    Daniela AsaroNovember 18, 2013
    Yes the Gov'nor is amazing but if you're looking for something with a little more kick - try the Breaking The Law. Delicious.
  • Ronak D.
    Ronak DayaNovember 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Alphabet City gem. Good cocktails.Old fashioneds till 4am?! Sold.
  • Zoe S.
    Zoe SchlangerSeptember 11, 2011
    Say Hello To My Little Friend and the Guv'nor are reliably fantastic, or Shu Jam Fizz if you're clinging to summer, or Ground to Glass if it is blatantly beginning to feel like fall outside.
  • Giulia M.heart icon on user image
    Giulia MNovember 19, 2016
    Great happy hour deals on creative cocktails, definitely will be back!
  • Christen C.heart icon on user image
    Great cocktails. Happy hour til 7 on Saturday. Half priced cocktails. Do it.
  • Red F.
    Red FabbriMarch 12, 2013
    I'm not into cocktails like WillMcD, but it's still a great bar. Can get crowded, but the right mix of fun and class.
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonMarch 20, 2013
    Best bartenders. The Apology and The Governor are unmatched.
  • Uber NYCheart icon on user image
    Uber NYCMarch 28, 2013
    The Guv'nor! Inventive cocktails at this spot on Avenue C. The back area is also a good spot for a group.
  • Veena R.
    Veena RAugust 30, 2011
    Try their Alchemist cocktails. Phenomenal. Also great place to rent for small events. My friends rent this place for networking events.
  • Chad B.
    Chad BurgessMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best cocktails Ive had. If your a girl, get the Charmane Star. If your a dude, do the same, but play it cool with a Guvnor and or John Lee Hooker 1st
  • Flawless
    FlawlessAugust 7, 2010
    Well I'm impressed by the unique lighting fixtures. They also serve well for disguising how unattractive the person you're talking to really is. Oh check out the wallpaper in the back corner. NICE!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WiebeOctober 21, 2015
    Beautiful bar, good cocktails. Come here if the Wayland across the street is too crowded.
  • Densheart icon on user image
    DensJune 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Cocktails here are delicious but loaded with sugar = one too many and it's a one-way ticket to an epic hangover.
  • Peter W.heart icon on user image
    Peter WuJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite cocktail bar in Alphabet City! Great drinks and check out the backyard!
  • Benheart icon on user image
    BenFebruary 7, 2015
    Great cocktails and small bites. Gets crowded quickly on Fridays.
  • Tal S.
    Tal SafranAugust 16, 2011
    Cool atmosphere with a nice selection of drinks. If you want to try some Japanese whiskey, they have a few different bottles here.
  • Minhua Z.
    Minhua ZJuly 4, 2011
    Live DJ on some nights gives the place a nice vibe but gets way too f*ing loud, most cocktails, classics and new can be hit or miss, find one that suits you and stick to it.
  • Suri R.heart icon on user image
    Suri RAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Lively vibe any time of night, any night of the week! Sensational cocktails, I recommend tipping your hat to "the Gov'nor"
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