"This isn't a secret bar," insists Jason Littrell of JBird Cocktails. But first-timers may have a bit of trouble finding this recently-opened Theater District spot past the velvet ropes of a club called XVI, down a hallway, up an elevator, past the XVI bar, through the door, and another door...You can ask anyone for directions, but you might want to write them down unless you have a really good memory.
Your journey is rewarded, though, with a comfortable seat on a leather couch overlooking the city and a serious cocktail list designed by Jason Littrell and Marshall Altier. The menu brings together unusual riffs on the classics, original creations, and a few recipes from star bartenders around the country.
The drinks are complex and well balanced, whether you go for a fragrant cardamom-spiked sour made with rum and apple brandy, a spirit-forward mezcal concoction that brings out the scent of sage, or a bourbon-based tiki drink served in a hollowed out pineapple. Here's a preview of five cocktails from JBird—along with the recipes to make them at home!
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