Elsa

(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar, Lounge, and Bar$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • Jenny R.
    Jenny RoseApril 20, 2014
    Come w/ a party of 5 & get 3 rounds. If y'all get a different drink each round, you can taste almost everything on the menu! I've tasted 15 drinks & all but 1 (tequila old fashioned blah) were DIVINE.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiJanuary 11, 2014
    Perfect for post-dinner libations with a date. Try the Black Book if you like bourbon & jalapeño. If you're ambitious, go for the Perfume-V and you'll feel like a sophisticated female Manhattanite.
  • Sebastian M.
    Sebastian MawiraJanuary 24, 2012
    Favorite cocktail spot in the east village. Get the Black Book. Go on a weekday for a table and laid back vibe. Weekends are crazy. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Amber M.
    Amber MollerFebruary 10, 2014
    I can't get enough of this place. My "Invitation to a Beheading" even came with a sword dripping with "blood" tonight. Amazing. Also super friendly/knowledgeable people behind the bar.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BannonDecember 6, 2010
    This place is a gem. Great drinks and not crowded at all. Perfect for bookworms - all the drinks names are literary references. Nice place for a night cap after dinner.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Order the herbaceous Broken Mirror Skyscraper. A mix of absinthe, lime & muddled mint—w/ dandelion & burdock bitters—is chilled with slow-melting ice. It’s one of our #100best dishes & drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Angela D.
    Angela DayNovember 17, 2011
    Superb cocktails without the hassle, wait and pretentiousness there often times are at speakeasies. The bar is adorable too and perfect for the bibliophile in you.
  • Haifa B.
    Haifa BarbariJanuary 25, 2013
    Tried the Black Book cocktail last night, warned up my bones. Tasty, a tad sweet and spicy too. Best cocktail I've had in a while! Worth a try.
  • Allison M.
    Allison M.May 30, 2012
    The Death of a Lady's Man and Broken Mirror are especially delicious choices. Come here on a weeknight when it's a bit quieter for the full ambiance.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BremmerJanuary 15, 2012
    The only good bar in Manhattan. If the bar manager is there, order a penicillin. If not, and you can take it, try the death of a ladies man.
  • Amber M.
    Amber MollerOctober 27, 2013
    Amazing spot. I loved the gin & jasmine green tea infused "Invitation to a Beheading" -- add egg whites & it's my new favorite/perfect drink!
  • Jared S.
    Jared SadoianDecember 2, 2010
    Excellent place to get a solid classic drink as well as inventive new libations. Try the Sazerac for a taste of old-world drinking!
  • Benny W.
    Benny WongDecember 28, 2011
    If you're like me, you'll like the "black book". Jalepeño + bourbon + cinnamon. I'd drop my pants for it. Beware though, it's really really spicy
  • Chelsea Mae H.
    Chelsea Mae HassmanJuly 11, 2012
    Best bar and bartenders in NYC. Try the New Partner if you're a whiskey drinker, and the SM Jenkins if you're a gin drinker.
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaApril 27, 2014
    Amazing cocktails. Dear god, amazing craft cocktails. Order the drink Invitation To A Beheading... Just stupendous. Pish posh.
  • Allison E.
    Allison EspositoJune 30, 2013
    You can't go wrong with "Invitation to a Beheading" or "The Handsome Grandson" ....or the names of any of these cocktails, really.
  • Cynthia
    CynthiaDecember 29, 2013
    Order the "invitation to a beheading" and "a spoken era". The bathrooms are okay, floor is really wet but at least it doesn't stink!
  • Niamh H.
    Niamh HughesAugust 8, 2010
    The apiary island is delicious! Bar staff are very nice and welcoming and the decor is really beautiful - anthropologyesq!
  • Soo Y.
    Soo YooDecember 30, 2012
    chill place for drinks, especially if you like cocktails. "the really spicy one" was the popular vote at my table.
  • Suri R.
    Suri RJanuary 17, 2013
    Best bar at naming their cocktails. They used to have a twist on a Mojito that was named after Rachel Maddow.
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)November 16, 2012
    Solid cocktails, good date spot. If you're looking for a winter warmer The Sleeping Carriage is excellent.
  • Atif A.
    Atif AteeqJune 27, 2012
    Nice little chill bar in the East Village. Great for a date or to meet a small group of friends
  • Travis T.
    Travis TanJuly 3, 2013
    Every cocktail is amazing. Get the black book for something spicy!
  • Alexandra O.
    Alexandra OstrowJuly 27, 2011
    A great little spot - try the Self-Portrait: cilantro infused tequila, habanero, agave and lemon
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HOctober 7, 2012
    Dried flowers errr'where and Mrs. Meyers in the bathroom...I'm never leaving. Oh, and the drinks are good, too.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BallanFebruary 23, 2013
    Everyone here seems surprised about how drunk they are. Must be the Self-Portrait or the Black Book. Chilies + booze = heaven?
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºAugust 25, 2013
    OK this place is super cute. Cocktails are a bit on the sweet side tho
  • Nikki 🌺
    Nikki 🌺February 17, 2013
    Such a cute cocktail bar! Try the Black Book (jalapeño + bourbon + honey) -- amazing!
  • Glen M.
    Glen McPhersonAugust 17, 2012
    Try the Mercy Of A Rude Stream & The Broken Mirror - Definitely the pick of the menu!
  • Brianna R.
    Brianna RycykAugust 9, 2011
    Surprisingly great wine selection! Try the Pinot Blanc, delicious and refreshing.
  • Christine Y.
    Christine Y.April 30, 2013
    This place would be the perfect date spot! Not too loud and intimate ambiance.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 4, 2010
    The Village Voice voted this Best ‘Mixology’ Place That You Can Actually Get Into in our Best Of New York Poll!
  • Mr S.
    Mr SarcasticDecember 14, 2011
    Great place to kick back for a few drinks ... Bartenders are friendly and really cool
  • Katherine L.
    Katherine LynnMarch 24, 2009
    Maybe the only place in the East Village that isn't overcrowded at 9pm on a Saturday night.
  • Robert S.
    Robert StevensonAugust 11, 2013
    'The Death of the Ladies Man' or 'The Self-Portrait' are the best cocktail items. Fun place afraid the word is getting out
  • Anne T.
    Anne TaillandierNovember 2, 2013
    Well mixed cocktails. Relaxing vibe. Can't believe this place used to be Plant! So much history..,
  • Frances K.
    Frances KimJanuary 31, 2012
    The staff is so friendly and nice! Ask the bartender what to drink!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ConradNovember 24, 2010
    Came here to celebrate my best friends birthday with balloons. They kicked us out. Because we brought balloons. What a fun place to celebrate.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GMarch 29, 2012
    Cocktails, duhhh. Go for the tequila old fashion...or something else.
  • rebecca r.
    rebecca russellSeptember 10, 2011
    Try the vino verano. Mint lemonade topped with red wine. Yum!
  • Kenan A.
    Kenan AliApril 14, 2013
    Some of the best cocktails I've had in the LES. Get the 'New Partner'
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikAugust 13, 2014
    The vibe at Elsa feels like a restaurant if that restaurant just happened to only serve drinks.
  • Jenn B.
    Jenn BrownJuly 3, 2011
    The Vino Verano is awesome! Very refreshing for a hot summer day!
  • Katherine F.
    Katherine FisherSeptember 8, 2013
    If you like spicy whiskey drinks, order the black book.
  • Mason M.
    Mason McCoyMay 27, 2012
    Two French Sisters, The New Partner, Old Fashioned, Manhattan... you can't go wrong.
  • Will C.
    Will CrockerNovember 16, 2013
    Delicious. The self portrait and black book cocktails are amazing.
  • David H.
    David HuApril 18, 2014
    Death of a Ladies Man is a great rye with tobacco bitters. Love how the drink is so... Smokey 😎
  • Lindsay
    LindsayJanuary 28, 2011
    The design aesthetic in here is just incredible. I'd like to curl-up and live here.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakJanuary 19, 2014
    Not sure what all the fuss is about. Quality not bad, but the drinks felt all watered down...
  • Casey B.
    Casey BMay 14, 2011
    the black book is a must try- one of my favorite cocktails!
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