3 Cool Cocktail Bars on the Upper West Side

3 Cool Cocktail Bars on the Upper West Side

When it comes to the coolest cocktail bars on the Upper West Side, there are a trio that rank above the pack. Manhattan Cricket Club, Aviary NYC, and OLMA Restaurant & Bar are on nearly every list of the coolest bars on the Upper West Side.

These three establishments present an eclectic mix. They each take a unique approach to their style, presentation, cocktails, and food selections. Indeed, part of the reason why these cool cocktail bars rank among the best Upper West Side bars is their commitment to blazing their own paths in the vast, and oftentimes homogenous, New York scene.

Manhattan Cricket Club

Cocktail Bars on the Upper West Side

This bar gives a new meaning to exclusivity – and cool. Manhattan Cricket Club is located upstairs from Burke & Wills, a bistro that features Australian cuisine (think Kangaroo burgers). A secret door leads into the establishment, a cozy, restored turn of the (20th) century apartment.

Established in 2013, Manhattan Cricket Club recreates and pays unapologetic homage to the colonial gentleman’s clubs that populated the British Empire over a hundred years ago. These gentleman’s clubs provided vital networking connections for what might best be called the colonial elite. In short speed, Manhattan Cricket Club was talked about as one of the best bars on the Upper West Side.

Cocktail Bars on the Upper West Side

MCC is a members only establishment, with annual dues starting at $750. Members can bring guests. The Club has a dress code that recommends suits and ties.

Manhattan Cricket Club serves a top selection of boutique champagnes and wines. In addition, the mixologists prepare classic cocktails as well as signature ones created exclusively for Club members and guests. The menu is rounded out with what the Club describes as “delicate morsels,” small plate selections that change regularly.

As is the case with any fine gentleman’s club of days gone by, Manhattan Cricket Club offers master classes on cocktail curation, tasting sessions, and presentations on a variety of topics, including important current events. And, as the name suggests, it’s an ideal gathering spot for those who enjoy cricket. While not a requirement of membership, having or developing an affection for the game of cricket is recommended.

Manhattan Cricket Club
226 West 79th Street
https://www.mccnewyork.com/

Aviary NYC

After eating a fancy meal at one of the many great restaurants near Lincoln Center, you’ll want to check this place out. Aviary NYC oftentimes is described as an “interactive journey” for its patrons. At Aviary NYC, exceptional signature cocktails combine with delectable small plates to create an unexpected, memorable experience for guests.

Cocktail Bars on the Upper West Side

Cocktail Bars on the Upper West Side

Another of the compelling attributes of Aviary NYC beyond its magnificent drinks and small plates is what must be considered one of the most stunning vantage points in all of New York City. Aviary NYC provides patrons unique panoramic views of Central Park and the entirety of the iconic Manhattan skyline.

Located in the Mandarin Oriental New York, Aviary NYC offers 90 select seats to residents and visitors to UWS and New York. Even when full, Aviary NYC maintains an intimacy that is hard to find replicated anywhere in the City.

Aviary NYC
80 Columbus Circle (at 60th)
http://www.aviarynyc.com/

OLMA Restaurant & Bar

Cocktail Bars on the Upper West Side

Last, and most definitely not least, OLMA Restaurant & Bar joins the list of the coolest cocktail bars on the Upper West Side. OLMA Restaurant & Bar presents a classy kind of cool that epitomizes the UWS. The establishment can be summed up in three words: caviar, champagne, and cocktails.

OLMA Restaurant & Bar presents its patrons not only with tasty signature cocktails but also a caviar menu not to be found anywhere else in New York City. OLMA itself was established in Brooklyn in 2001. The company quickly distinguished itself as a sterling producer of its own fine caviar. In addition, OLMA imports select caviar from Alaska and destinations abroad. The full palate of caviar selections, gold, grey, black, and red, are all featured at OLMA Restaurant & Bar.

Cocktail Bars on the Upper West Side

Despite its beverage service and food menu that bespeaks class, OLMA Restaurant & Bar is also comfortable cool. The establishment has established a solid reputation as being the destination of choice for relaxed conversation among friends.

OLMA Restaurant & Bar
420 Amsterdam Avenue
http://olmacaviar.com/

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Mike Broemmel

Mike Broemmel

Mike Broemmel is a playwright, novelist, and social commentator. Although on the road a good deal of the time, Mike calls the Upper West Side home for his favorite parts of the year. One of his current projects in production is Stand Still & Look Stupid, a play that chronicles the life of Hollywood icon and incomparable inventor Hedy Lamarr. Mike spent a great part of his adult life in the political arena, beginning his career in the White House.
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