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It’s Thursday and the weekend is just around the corner. Even better, it’s National Cocktail Day.

Celebrate the holiday and get an early start to the weekend at the best cocktail bars in New York City.

The Dead Rabbit

This bar has not only won a slew of awards, including “World’s Best Cocktail Menu” and “World’s Best Bar,” New Yorkers confirm that the hype is worth the visit. One Yelp user called it a “hidden treasure” while another said it was “a great place for well-made cocktails as well as good quality food.”

On Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., The Dead Rabbit will be serving Pernod Absinthe cocktails at a special price and $1 oysters.

30 Water Street, Financial District

The Campbell Apartment

You’ll want to dress nicely for cocktails at this hidden prohibition-era cocktail bar inside Grand Central Station.

Yelp users suggest picking up their boozy “Prohibition Punch.”

15 Vanderbilt Avenue Entrance, Midtown East

PDT (Please Don’t Tell)

At this East Village speakeasy, you can order hot dogs to enjoy with your cocktails. Yelp users also suggest picking up some waffle fries.

You enter the bar through a phone booth inside the Crif Dogs restaurant. Make sure to make a reservation to learn the password.

113 St Marks Pl, East Village

Angel’s Share

Another great speakeasy hidden in the back of a Japanese restaurant.

Yelpers suggest getting the “Stormy Weather,” a whiskey-based drink with an impressive presentation.

8 Stuyvesant St, East Village


This hidden cocktail bar lies in the heart of Chinatown. All cocktails made there are prepared with local and organic produce from local greenmarkets or picked straight from our rooftop herb garden.

They also offer classes and their sister restaurant, Aztec-themed Pulqueria, is right nextdoor.

9 Doyers Street, Chinatown


At this hip Bushwick spot, you can order delicious French bites along with your unique cocktail. Kick back and watch a movie on their huge projector or play foosball with your friends. Reclining in one of their vintage velvet chairs and enjoying the ambiance is great too.

Come back for their free comedy show on Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

411 Troutman St, Bushwick

Clover Club

This lounge in Cobble Hill is known for its chic vibe, delicious food and great cocktails.

Yelpers recommend grabbing one of their lamb burgers!

210 Smith St, Cobble Hill

Dutch Kills

This Long Island City bar offers happy hour Monday to Thursday from 5-7 p.m.

If you want to avoid the headache of a cramped Manhattan bar, head here.

27-24 Jackson Ave, Long Island City

Diamond Dogs

This Astoria cocktail bar also boasts a great happy hour. Yelpers also suggest enjoying their outdoor space if the weather’s nice.

You’re encouraged to bring your own food to the bar.

34-04 31st Ave, Astoria

Lexa Bar and Garden

Take the D train up to the Bronx for this sweet spot.

You can enjoy a great burger and pizza there with your drink, according to Yelpers.

357 E 204th St, Norwood

Gatsby’s On the Bay

You’ll enjoy some really delicious food with your cocktail at this Staten Island joint.

Try the seafood risotto, truffle mac n cheese or the short ribs while you’re there.

695 Bay St, Stapleton