The Manhattan Cricket Club

Any establishment that builds its website on Squarespace is worth a visit, but this speakeasy-esque bar would've won me over regardless of what CMS it used. 

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Tucked away on the corner of 79th and Broadway, the Manhattan Cricket Club happens to be just steps away from Fishtag, another personal favorite of mine, and the ever popular Irving Farm Coffee Roasters. And while you can get great seafood and phenomenal coffee (respectively, though I suppose you could try your luck at smoked octopus at a java house), the Cricket Club takes the cake when it comes to delicious and singularly inventive drinks.

From The Chicago Chic

 

With names like The Boulevardier of Broken Dreams (Knob Creek Small Batch Rye, Cappelletti Aperitivo, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Orange Bitters), Bend My Elbow (Strawberry & Hibiscus Infused No.3 Gin, Agave, Lemon, Grapefruit Bitters, Club Soda), and Bonfire of the Calamities (Kaffir Lime-Infused Russian Standard Vodka, Fresh Lemon, Agave, Bonfire Spritz), the same whimsy that manifests itself in the decor of the Cricket Club is made apparent in their cocktail selection. And besides being whimsical, they are dangerously delicious. The Bend My Elbow was pleasantly light and refreshing — the gin was perfectly complimented by the citrus bitters, and while the combination of strawberry and hibiscus could've been cloyingly sweet (especially with the addition of the agave), I didn't feel like I was drinking syrup — just heaven.

But perhaps my favorite aspect of the entire Club is its incomparable "House Rules," detailing the expected dress code, etiquette and setting the general mood for guests. And while none of the bartenders or waitstaff were in the slightest bit pretentious (waitress Erin noted that they'd never kicked anyone out for failing to adhere to these standards), they're great (and somewhat hilarious) guidelines to have in place at a bar that, despite all signs to the contrary, doesn't take itself too seriously.