10 New York Cocktail Bars

At these city watering holes, hospitality—as well as a mean drink—comes with a personable twist.

Courtesy of Saxon + Parole
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Saxon + Parole

The attitude toward hospitality at Saxon + Parole—a sharp and inviting space on the Bowery—is simple: get to know your customers. Bartenders routinely leave their perch behind the bar to chat with thirsty patrons. Want to slurp oysters? Devour a Berkshire pork chop? Sip a nightcap? Saxon + Parole delivers. With its outdoor patio, the restaurant/bar hybrid is ideal for sunny afternoons and warm evenings. Bartender’s choice: According to Linden Pride, director of operations, “The only thing better than a bucket of beers is a bucket of Champagne Negronis.” Try the “Bottled” Champagne Negroni (Beefeater Gin, Campari, vermouth, bottled Champagne served in a bucket of ice). 316 Bowery; 212-254-0350; saxonandparole.com.