Cider House Rules: 8 American Cider Bars To Visit Now

A renewed interest in artisanal hard cider has spawned a number of new and notable cider-focused bars and taprooms. 

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Wassail, New York City

It may be the first and only cider bar in the Big Apple, but Wassail’s unique appeal goes beyond novelty. The bar serves up a rotating list of 12 ciders on tap alongside an extensive menu of cider-focused cocktails and punches. Their international bottle list—which stocks pommeau (a French beverage combining apple brandy and apple juice), ice cider (sweet apple wine made using cold fermentation), and Calvados (French apple brandy)—makes for a rare collection of tastes that aren’t available elsewhere in the city. Even the vegetarian dinner menu is inspired by cider, with butternut squash, bok choy, and concord grapes playing supportive roles. For something really special, Jennifer Lim, the bar's co-owner, recommends trying the Eve’s Wassail Blend, crafted in the Finger Lakes specifically for the bar. 162 Orchard St.; 646-918-6835;