67 Orange Street
2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd (btwn 112th & 113th St)
New York, NY 10026
You have to look closely to spot Harlem speakeasy 67 Orange Street, which brought a new level of cocktailery to the Frederick Douglass corridor when it opened in 2008. (Lost? Check for the brass building number and pulled purple curtains.) Housed in the historic location of the 1840s Alack’s Dance Hall, one of the first African American-owned bars in the city, the drinking den winkingly nods to black history on the elevated cocktail menu in sips like The Color Purple (gin, lavender bitters, blackberries, creme de violate, St. Germain, lemon, simple syrup) and Emancipation Again (cucumber vodka, Citronage, lime). The bi-level lounge is decked out in salvaged-wood wall planks and shimmering vintage-style wallpaper behind the bar, where experienced tenders shake and stir upscale concoctions poured into coup glasses. The crowd is diverse, much like the changing neighborhood, and swarm for soulful plates that furnish happy hour specials. Fried chicken with a trio of vanilla-maple-drizzled red velvet waffles and lobster-and-shrimp mac & cheese will give you a reason not to forget how to find this discreet hideaway.