PDT (Please Don't Tell)
Lovingly referred to by regulars at PDT, Please Don’t Tell is a classic NYC speakeasy that kind of started it all. A lot of the fun of this small bar is how you have to enter. While some speakeasy-style bars will simply lift a velvet curtain, at PDT you have to enter the bar via a telephone booth within the basement hot dog shop, Crif Dogs. Despite the hype, PDT crafts some pretty amazing cocktails, and the quirky atmosphere (complete with taxidermy-adorned walls) makes for a uniquely NYC experience. Sidle up to a seat at the bar and grab a mezcal mule with passionfruit, or try the cocktail equivalent of an IPA with the Cascade—Anchor Hophead vodka, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and champagne.
Mixologist Jim Meehan is behind the creative cocktails at this famous East Village speakeasy. After entering through the vintage phone booth, you'll find yourself in a dimly lit bar with taxidermied animals on the walls. If all that drinking makes you hungry, grab a bacon-wrapped hot dog from adjoining Crif Dogs.