NYC’s Top 5 Laid-Back Cocktail Bars

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When it comes to NYC nightlife, one night you can be sipping Champagne with pseudo-celebrities, the next you’re chugging cheap beer in a noisy dive with sticky floors. Wondering where you can just grab a nice cocktail and relax without any pretense or a clipboard-wielding doorman? Here are the best bars with┬álaid-back scenes in NYC. by Selena Ricks-Good.White Star

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21 Essex York, NY(212) 995-5464

Originally opened by Sasha Petraske, White Star has been an anti-speakeasy cocktail bar since it first opened in 2008. although it’s not hidden, the bar still has a secretive air about it, perhaps because it’s off the beaten path. Intimate, cozy and featuring a short cocktail menu, the bartenders here are friendly and will happily make a drink of your choice.

Mother’s Ruin

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18 Spring York, NY

Serving cocktail slushies such as bourbon with frozen apple cider, Mother’s ruin is all about taking the pretense out of cocktails. Opened recently by bartenders-turned-bar owners T.J. Lynch and Richard Knapp, this Nolita hangout features a rotating menu of cocktails in addition to the slushies and bar bites such as French onion soup topped with grilled cheese. An oasis of low-key cool, the neighborhood crowd has quickly taken notice, packing the bar during late hours.

NYC’s Top 5 Laid-Back Cocktail Bars

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