While the East Village may be the more expected destination for a cocktail-lover's night out—it's got everything from classics PDT and Death + Co. to newcomers like Booker and Dax—the West Village has its fair share of great drinks, too. You might find fewer straight-up cocktail bars, but these days we're seeing good bar programs in all sorts of places: at restaurants, at Scotch bars and wine bars and pubs. Here are 10 great drinks in the West Village for your next night out.
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Hanging out at Empellón Cocina a few weeks ago, bar manager Mat Resler shared what I thought sounded like one of the most unlikely drinks I've ever heard: "The Negronifico." Translation? "Well, I was drinking a Negroni... and also a Pacifico... and then I had to leave the bar and I was half-done with my Negroni, so I dumped the rest of the Pacifico into the glass and drank it."
The spirit of Alex Stupak's Empellón Taqueria and Empellón Cocina is one of invention, but heavily steeped in the traditions of Mexican cuisine. It's little surprise, then, that the bar program, run by Mat Resler, is the same way—with creative agave-based cocktails that express the full range of mezcal and tequila, be they fruity or peppery, grassy or smoky. Come check out six of Resler's new drinks.