(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar, Bar, and Speakeasy$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • letajanelleheart icon on user image
    letajanelleJanuary 7, 2016
    Has a speakeasy vibe but without the list of rules. Good customer service and amazing variety of beverages across the board. I especially love that you can order a whole bottle and pay as you drink.
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    CassidyJanuary 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    the bartenders here know what's up. tell them what you like and how weird you want to get and you'll be set for the night. also has the most inventive menu of the bars in the LES.
  • Steven P.heart icon on user image
    Steven PetersonSeptember 6, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    The kitschy menu and decor combined with creative cocktail choices makes this a perfect cozy date spot.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 22, 2017
    Dev meets Arnold at Nitecap on the Lower East Side to rehash the Francesca situation and figure out what to do next. [Episode 10] Read more
  • Ranu R.heart icon on user image
    Ranu RajkarnikarMay 23, 2015
    Amazing, underground cocktail spot. They have a big varied menu and the staff are friendly. Cushy booths and tables make it great for a date, but sitting at the bar is lovely as well. Add to rotation!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableOctober 28, 2014
    This subterranean speakeasy is tiny but there's a slew of classic and inventive cocktails, and a brandy list that would have made Winston Churchill proud. Slowly sip one of their Firewater cocktails. Read more
  • Simon W.heart icon on user image
    Simon WilsonAugust 5, 2017
    Great place for drinks – and there's some amazing cocktails here. Heading in from the stairs, Nitecap first feels like a lair – but it's one with a lot of warmth and fun going on. Highly recommended.
  • Escape C.heart icon on user image
    Escape CardonaJune 18, 2016
    Awesome little intimate spot. Sweet for dates or hanging out. Good music. The bartenders are attentive. +1 for the disco ball. The drinks are great and the menu changes often.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsFebruary 19, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent cocktails, great place to go and grab a drink while you wait to get into Attaboy. So many interesting and inventive drinks on this menu. There's a steam pipe in the toilet, its hot as.
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonMarch 31, 2014
    Gorgeous little cocktail joint. No annoying LES hipsters in sight! Get the Green Thumb, but all the cocktails are stellar!
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceJanuary 2, 2016
    Excellent cocktails, a couple of very large booths and smaller place settings for two. Saw a large crew of ladies start a night here, was a pretty solid idea, plenty of space & great drinks.
  • Vivian V.heart icon on user image
    Vivian VoMarch 14, 2015
    You don't really know what it is until you head downstairs. Award winning bartender is super friendly and attentive. Chill spot - can fit a group of friends but get there early to grab a table.
  • Omer Z.heart icon on user image
    Omer ZachSeptember 28, 2014
    The menus, cocktails, and setting are all outstanding. It's somehow also the kind of place that has The Cure's Disintegration literally on repeat.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2018
    The inventive, freewheeling menu runs the gamut from crisp session cocktails to hefty late-night slugs to help you unwind in one of the low-slung oxblood booths inside a sultry, cavernous lair. Read more
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJuly 28, 2015
    Super intimate date spot - till midnight on Sunday when they turn on a discoball and turn up the music. We were super confused how the atmosphere changed so quickly. Try the Disappearing Act to drink.
  • Diana B.heart icon on user image
    Diana BrodyNovember 7, 2016
    As someone who's hard to please cocktail-wise, this place is amazing. The bartender was incredibly sweet and helped me figure out what words to tell future bartenders to get a drink I love.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 3, 2015
    While you're here look for "Shorty Service," which buys you a short pour of beer or wine and a slug of something stronger, and the menu is littered with jokes and fun drinking games. Read more
  • Nancy W.
    Nancy WuMay 11, 2015
    Drinks and ambience were great! Cute little speakeasy downstairs of the popular LES bars, I got the secret drink called Armed Robbery:)
  • Cynthia L.heart icon on user image
    Cynthia LinJanuary 6, 2019
    Amazingly creative cocktails, but no standing room. They were nice enough to let a large party in to wait for a table, but just a warning it’s more like a restaurant, not a bar you can just walk into
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertJuly 18, 2017
    moon landing hoax cocktail: appleton vx and el dorado 12 yr rums, punt e mes, pineapple shrub, and lime bitters. served at room temperature
  • A F.
    A FAugust 15, 2014
    This subterranean cocktail cellar is truly one of the city's best cocktail sellers. Look forward to friendly and capable bartenders, a diverse array of drinks and hilarious menus.
  • Amanda R.heart icon on user image
    Amanda RellaJuly 8, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    The menu is so fun - it changes all the time and has different games on it. Drinks are also very unique. Great atmosphere - good music and a good time!
  • Ernesto G.heart icon on user image
    Ernesto GutierrezAugust 1, 2015
    A hidden underground cocktail bar. You will miss it on the street if you are not paying attention. Don't let the looks scare you, they have a Great selection of drinks.
  • Hannah P.heart icon on user image
    Hannah ParvazJanuary 11, 2017
    One of the most attractive bars I've ever been into. Menu is well designed. Head straight for the whiskey cocktails there.
  • Zack S.heart icon on user image
    Zack SheppardMay 20, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    A great new offering in the LES from the Death & Co. family. Solid cocktail offerings in a dark space that feels warmer and more personal than other nearby spots.
  • Maneesh N.heart icon on user image
    Maneesh NJuly 26, 2015
    Excellent, diverse, cozy cocktail bar that can be great for dates. Get there before 9 though on the weekends...seats are hard to come by after that
  • Kim P.heart icon on user image
    Kim PhamJanuary 5, 2017
    They've moved to a new, much nicer location. Personally find that the cocktails tend to skew sweet, for my palate.
  • Mikahla V.heart icon on user image
    Mikahla VicinoSeptember 26, 2017
    Not sure when it happened, but this bar has a new space! And it's beautiful. Perfectly cozy & romantic, and the staff and drinks are all wonderful.
  • Alberto S.heart icon on user image
    Alberto SimonOctober 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is so cute inside and plays awesome music. Cocktails are tasty and inventive.
  • Will B.heart icon on user image
    Will BertelsenJanuary 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Of all the NYC cocktail bars I like I feel like I have the most ideological sympathy with Nitecap. Lots of fascinating tall drinks with clear spirits. Chill as fuck.
  • Liam O.heart icon on user image
    Liam OliverJune 27, 2016
    Great drink list. Chill dark downstairs with a good vibe. A must stop if your in the area.
  • Saleemheart icon on user image
    SaleemMarch 1, 2015
    Great cocktails in an intimate setting. Nice (boozy) way to wind down the evening
  • René H.heart icon on user image
    René HeunenMay 9, 2016
    Great atmosphere, very helpful staff! Your eyes will need a while to adjust to the low light level, so reading the menu paradoxically becomes easier after the first drink.
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    letajanelleJune 1, 2016
    If you like ginger, the California Connection is delish & if you're feeling big try the Mafia Boss. 😻
  • Liza F.heart icon on user image
    Liza FrybergerJanuary 14, 2018
    To make a seat at the bar a sure-thing, make this a pre-dinner cocktail spot. Everything is delicious, if a little pricey
  • Ivana L.
    Ivana LiAugust 24, 2016
    Intimate spot for dates or small groups. Cocktails are unique but expect to pay about $20/drink.
  • Stan B.
    Stan BashmashnikovSeptember 22, 2014
    Some of the best cocktails in NYC. Great ambience. Intimate date spot. A truly unique hideaway below the busy LES streets.
  • Mikahla V.heart icon on user image
    Mikahla VicinoJanuary 19, 2015
    The Royal Charter is a good blend of sweet and cinnamon. Bartender is entertainingly good at his job.
  • Pramod P.
    Pramod PaiMay 8, 2015
    Nitecap serves an array of cocktails, are made by skilled cocktail artisans (not bartenders, cocktail artists)
  • Honghui Y.heart icon on user image
    Honghui YuDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're into sipping fancy cocktails in an dark, intimate setting, this is your scene
  • Margherita B.heart icon on user image
    Margherita B.April 28, 2016
    This speak easy offers great cocktails and a very intimate atmosphere. Too bad I was here for the worst date of my life =P
  • Davneet K.
    Davneet KohliDecember 10, 2015
    I got the mermaid and another drink that I can't remember. Both were delicious! Would be good for a date but the music is loud and it was hard to have a conversation
  • Mariya F.heart icon on user image
    Mariya FedMay 30, 2015
    The drinks are amazing, the pickled veggies are amazing, everything is great here!
  • Jasmine 💫
    Jasmine 💫June 11, 2017
    Beautifully illustrated menus and well-balanced cocktails. They also serve real coca-cola in the glass bottle.
  • Dina
    DinaJuly 28, 2014
    An intimate subterranean space, a menu of yiddish bites (matzo ball soup, chicken liver pate) and splendid cocktails.
  • Lauren F.heart icon on user image
    Lauren FordNovember 7, 2017
    Awesome little spot. Don't remember what I drank so that's a good sign right?
  • Tom D.heart icon on user image
    Tom DiMaggioJuly 11, 2016
    Nice cocktail menu! Place was pretty small, we had to squeeze in on the side of the bar, but I would try them again.
  • Mike N.heart icon on user image
    Mike NickersonJuly 6, 2016
    Classy and fun speakeasy with delectably delicious cocktails - some of the best in New York
  • Lisaheart icon on user image
    LisaMarch 14, 2014
    Good selection of cocktails, great atmosphere, plus the bathroom smells amazing and has 3 jars of essentials - mints, matches, and tampons.
  • Meredith Z.
    Meredith ZinkMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Each cocktail is like a work of art! Great service, absinthe owls and the prettiest smelling WC ever!
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