Open's a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you're not faced with dipping into the old indulgences fund with every round. On the other, your choices are usually limited, leaving you with a basic one-dimensional drink with an abysmal maraschino cherry or lime wedge floating forlornly amid a sea of basic ice machine cubes that were undoubtedly made with non-artisanal peasant water. There's a way around it, we long as you know what you're doing. Let us guide you, shall we?


Shoutout to the boys at Eli's Night Shift, Oliver Zabar and Nathan Gurr, for their expertise on this one. Check out the brand new spot on 79th and Third for a very non-basic cocktail experience.