20 7th Ave South, New York, NY (@ Leroy St)
To seekers of delicious avant-garde cocktails made with the freshest ingredients: Little Branch is the locale for you. Located along bustling Seventh Avenue in the West Village, this specialty cocktail haunt – the third of its kind by world-class mixology guru Sasha Petraske – is old school in style and new wave in taste. The dapper bartenders sport suspenders, maintain a well-behaved atmosphere, and delight in matching and handcrafting the perfect cocktail to your mood. All you have to do is sit back, tell them your spirit, give them a sense of your palate, and they will do all the work. Here’s a preview to prepare you: The Army & Navy Cocktail, made with Plymouth Gin, fresh lemon juice, and a splash of homemade Orgeat. With jazz nights Thursdays through Sundays congregated around an antique standup piano, weekends are the liveliest, but the spot is open all week for those craving after-work libations as well.