Done with all that? Time to hit the unmarked entrance on the side of the building to ring a buzzer for Speakeasy 518. Co-owner Kaelin Ballinger doesn’t broadcast this space, but we do: it’s got an extensive cocktail menu that uses all fresh ingredients, artisanal and local spirits, and house-made bitters. Ask for the Switchel Pig, comprised of apple cider vinegar, molasses, cold-pressed ginger, Grade B maple syrup, and Whistle Pig rye. "It’s based on switchel, a vinegary beverage sipped by Northeast farmers during colonial times,” says Ballinger.
At 9pm on a Friday or Saturday night, locals looking for a good time will unwind at this classy little jazz bar with a stiff drink. 9 Maple Ave has the largest selection of single malt Scotch whisky between New York City and Montreal, more than 250 martini concoctions, and is a boon to blues and booze lovers who would otherwise be stuck at an overcrowded college bar along Caroline St.