On January 16th 1920, alcohol was officially outlawed across the United States of America. Today, the speakeasy bar is no longer a secret, with Mandarin Oriental, New York welcoming guests for a taste of New York City’s so-called ‘dry’ decade with a stylish twist. Is this one of the best bars in New York..?

There’s something about being told not to do something that makes it all the more exciting. That, perhaps, is why there is such a hype about so called ‘secret’ speakeasy bars. Of course, this is old news to Manhattan Island. Bootleggers saw the era of prohibition as more of a challenge than an order, setting up hidden breweries and bars right under the noses of the feds.

Keeping up this rebellious tradition in modern-day style, Mandarin Oriental, New York has become one of the best places to be in on the secret, with its duo of exciting bars that offer a portal between the old and the new. Both designed by Tihany Design, renowned for creating a slew of luxury hotel rooms, suites, bars and spas, be sure to stop by this much-talked about speakeasy experience when you next hit the streets of Manhattan if you are seeking out the best bars in New York City.

The Aviary NYC and The Office NYC: One of The Best Bars in New York?

Located on the 35th floor of the Time Warner Building, boasting panoramic views of the city skyline and Central Park for a magnificent welcome, your journey starts at The Aviary NYC. Based on its flagship partner in Chicago, a city which, incidentally, was one of New York City’s partners in crime during the illegal alcohol trade, here you can try out some seriously creative cocktails. To celebrate like it’s New Year’s Eve any day of the year, order ‘In the Rocks’ – inspired by the famous ball drop in Times Square, Champagne is served as a precursor to an Old Fashioned, spiked with scotch and green Szechuan to highlight the buzz of fireworks at midnight.

After being immersed in the contemporary delights of The Aviary, it’s time to find the secret entrance to Office NYC, the New York speakeasy-inspired bolt-hole that transports you back in time to an era of jazz, riches and heady social change. In this sleek, leather and wood-clad lounge, there is an intriguing display of dusty bottles, including an extensive vintage Chartreuse collection and a Hectare Romain Cognac dating back to 1835. For a personalised cocktail, the ‘Dealers Choice’ has bartenders tailor a beverage to your preference, whether you cite your favourite herbs, destination or even film character!

If you get peckish, both The Aviary NYC and Office NYC offer menus of light bites for all-day dining. Created in partnership with the Executive Chef from Chicago’s Aviary and The Office, the flavours are given a characteristic New York twist, with highlights including the Black Truffle Explosion, Thai Pork Belly and A5 Miyazaki Wagyu, sampling the melting pot of flavours that make up the diversity of this buzzing city.

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