When the heat gets to you, especially after a long day of sightseeing, there is no greater refresher then to step into a dark, cool bar and enjoy an adult beverage. We have made it easy for you: no need to even ask what the house special cocktail is, or look at a bar menu. Simply check out these hip spots below, with our drink recommendations, then sip and truly, chi-lax.
This popular pub offers a wide variety of cool drinks, but a great summer favorite is the Green Machine (pictured) at The Wren. thewrennyc.com
At The Press Lounge, The L’orangerie includes an orange blossom cordial and sparkling wine. thepresslounge.com
Any drink off the bar menu specifically marked “Summer” at The Dead Rabbit will be sure to please: and note, the menu is even customized further, to "Summer, Shaken,” and "Summer, Stirred.” James Bond would be proud. deadrabbitnyc.com
At The Clover Club, enjoy an extensive craft-cocktail menu, great food and live music. Sip on drinks such as the Green Giant, which mixes gin, dry vermouth and muddled sugar snap peas. cloverclubny.com
Break the ice at Prova with a drink called—you guessed it—Break the Ice. provanyc.com
The Negroni at Attaboy, made with gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, is a personal favorite of the bartender. (14 Eldridge St., no phone or website).
A fun, Upper East Side local hangout, The Penrose serves a Mules and Bucks, with fresh pressed ginger, lime, soda and a choice of gin, rum, rye or vodka. penrosebar.com
The Gilroy is known for creating adventurous craft cocktails, and for a fun drink with a fun name, try the Irish Penicillin: Tullamore Dew, honey, ginger, lemon and malt mist. thegilroynyc.com
The English-themed Jones Woody Foundry offers a well curated draft beer and wine list, amazing fish and chips and refreshing drinks that include a First Bloom: sauvignon blanc, elderflower, lemon and soda. joneswoodfoundry.com
Finally, at the Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel, couple up with the Leche Dolce: bacardi Facundo Neo rum, Zacapa 23 rum, coconut water, cane sugar syrup and nutmeg: served for two. theplazany.com