Our Best Happy Hour Venues for Fall-Inspired Cocktails
As we dive into Fall, despite the 80 degree weather that we're having in NYC, we are bombarded by specialty drinks and menus. By this time every year, you're drowning in Pumpkin Spice Lattes and butternut squash anything. Or maybe your mom has started flooding your Facebook timeline with every imaginable pumpkin-inspired recipe (thanks, mom).
When you feel like you've digested enough of what fall has to offer, it's probably time for a fall-inspired cocktail. Why drink PSLs when you can drink bourbon? Here are my top spots for fall-inspired cocktails:
When you know you're going to get two drinks, and you like a bit of variety, Mott Street should be your spot. Mott Street is great for after work gatherings because of their long tables and family style dining. I can't give you the run-down on all of their fall cocktails, but I can tell you to try the Cash Money. This drink mixes Black Seal Rum, Genepy, Benedictine and Pear Brandy to give you a drink that's worth dropping some Hamiltons.
Wanting to switch things up this fall for your coworkers? Take them to The European's chic lounge and bar. During happy hour, you can get certain cocktails for $7. If you want to spend a few exta dollars for the fall experience, try the Smoke and Mirrors: a good choice for all you whiskey lovers. The Smoke and Mirrors combines Charbay r5 Whiskey, Sibona Amaro, basil, contratto rosso and apple wood smoke to give you a variety of delicious fall flavors all in one glass.
Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio
Bourbon + jazz + a really cool spot for happy hour when the weather cools down = Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio. Enjoy sweet tunes and savor the tastes of the season. Check out the music lineup in advance to make sure you catch your favorite group. I recommend you order the Well Done for a great mix of fall-insprired ingredients. Bourbon, Punt e Mes, tawny port and barrel aged maple are blended together to ensure you start tapping your foot and eventually hitting the dance floor.
If you're looking for a classy night out with coworkers on Connecticut Ave, head to Ripple. Not only will you find a variety of cocktails, but you'll find a nice selection of fall-themed drinks. Try the Look Ma! No Hands: a mix of Pig’s Nose Scotch, house smoked honey, lemon, absinthe and cocchi americano.
The Up & Up
If you find yourself in Greenwich Village one evening as the temperature is dropping, stop into this cocktail bar and enjoy their original and bottled cocktails. While you're here, try the Screen Door Slam. This Up & Up original combines Maker's Mark Bourbon, vanilla bean, honey, absinthe and aperol to create this tasty cocktail.
Farm-to-table restaurants are lots of fun when the seasons change, but why eat when you can drink? Founding Farmers is a great spot to eat and drink, and it's a VenueBook staff recommendation (check out Angela's upcoming post about their fall menu). When you get there, ask for a Bourbon Cobbler. Let your tastebuds experience the combination of Bulleit Bourbon, Lustau Sherry, seasonal fruits, lemon, ginger syrup and angostura bitters.
I had to throw this one in for all of you pumpkin lovers (mostly me). If you're the type of person that wants fall-inspried everything (mostly me, again), you'll love the varitey of seasonal cocktails they have. When you've eaten all the pumpkin pie your stomach can handle, try the Mama D's Pumpkin Pie to switch things up. This delicious blend of pumpkin soda, brown butter Control pisco, graham cracker syrup and maple whip will redefine your meaning of pumpkin pie forever.
Gather around the fireplace (maybe not yet, it needs to be a tad bit cooler) and enjoy seasonal drinks and bites at Forty Four in the Royalton Hotel. The lounge has a classy vibe that really puts you in the fall mindset. For this spot, we suggest trying the Hickory Old Fashion: a cocktail that has stayed on their menu for at least four years. Sortilege Maple Whiskey, hickory infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Black Dirt Apple Jack, honey water and hickory smoke are infused to make you feel everything fall has to offer.
I've given you all the tools to succeed, now go and get your fall on. You might be too old to dive into piles of leaves, but you're not too old to dive into cocktails.