Don't try and tell me that there is a better neighborhood for cocktails than New York's East Village. For spirits geeks, it's a fabulously dense playground of trailblazers, tastemakers, and ambitious upstarts. Within a few minutes' walk, you can go from inspired classics at a neo-speakeasy to meticulously engineered quaffables at a modern mixology lab. In the East Village, picking your poison presents a choice between a myriad of passions: mezcal, gin, sherry, bitters. It's where many of the talented folks making drinks in other parts of the city received their training, and it's a constantly evolving, truly exciting place for a cocktail crawl.
But where should you go? What should you order?
We've been drinking our way through the neighborhood to come up with answers to those very important questions. Here's our guide to 10 of the East Village's greatest drinks right now »
About the author: Maryse Chevriere is a card-carrying cocktail geek on a mission to keep her glass (at least) half full. You can find her behind the bar preaching about peculiar wine at Terroir Park Slope and follow her spirited musings on Twitter @Maryse_Chev1224.