Experimental Cocktail Club

Experimental Cocktail Club

(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 29, 2013
    You'll find cocktails inspired by everything from gelato to seaweed salad at this Lower East Side cocktail den, which also has locations in Paris and London.
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 19, 2013
    Drinks from Nicholas de Soto, who's big on infusions and creating flavors of his own in lieu of liqueurs. The vibe is comfortable and cozy on weekdays, rowdy on weekends. The Kinkakuji is a must.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistOctober 27, 2014
    Order the Midnight Snack. This drink combines Bittermen's Coffee liqueur with Bulleit Bourbon & Tawny Port, then sweetened with syrup & fortified with a whole egg. It's served with a butter cookie. Read more
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WFebruary 20, 2013
    Great speakeasy style cocktail bar tucked away. Decor is great, but the drinks are the real standout. Lots of housemade ingredients and intriguing combinations. The daring combos are worth the cost.
  • Viktoriya S.
    Viktoriya SvyazevaApril 2, 2013
    Perfect place for great cocktails with friends and little dancing right at the bar. Good looking crowd. No reservation needed, but make sure to dress up well or have Lower East side hipster look :)
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Try the Green Horny, a carbonated vodka drink bottled in-house, or the Blackheart made from bourbon, maraschino liqueur, orange oils and coffee. Read more
  • Liva
    LivaFebruary 16, 2015
    You can't go wrong there. Close your eyes and put your finger on a drink or just tell one of the mixologists what you're in the mood for, he'll fix you something perfect anyway.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeyJanuary 29, 2015
    The first place I've been where I genuinely wanted to try every cocktail on the menu. I had the Amarus Lavendem and it was amazing.
  • Champ E.
    Champ EnsmingerAugust 23, 2015
    On the higher price scale for cocktails, but the vibe matches its sister location in London Chinatown, and the mixologists really perform works of art and science with every pour.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChinSeptember 14, 2013
    Sometimes, "experimental" can be too experimental. Avoid the shiitake mushroom cocktail, unless you REALLY love- and I mean LOVE- shiitake mushrooms. (Angelita is a great drink!)
  • Raphael L.
    Raphael LangenscheidtSeptember 13, 2015
    Try any of the bottled cocktails - they're usually incredibly good. Changing menu offers great variety and the staff is typically superfriendly. Come early if you're in a group.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 2, 2014
    The Club is a throwback to old New York with pressed-tin ceilings, bartenders clad in suspenders and a selection of extremely aged libations from the 1960s. Read more
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyJuly 5, 2015
    Unbelievable craft cocktails in a super stylish atmosphere. The door to the bathroom is just a panel in the wall. My only regret? Not remembering what this drink is.
  • Nicky K.
    Nicky K.August 31, 2014
    The perfect date spot! This place is surprisingly unpretentious and accommodating. They'll make what you want but I suggest ordering off the menu for something unique.
  • Graham L.
    Graham LindnerJuly 17, 2015
    Fantastic cocktails. Don't bother with the menu--just tell them what you like and let them work their magic.
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfFebruary 8, 2015
    Cocktails, of course! My most memorable was 'medicinal' with candied ginger. Really good. We got there around 930 and found a seat at the bar, no problem. It was packed by 10-1030.
  • Eli S.
    Eli ShowalterApril 5, 2015
    Friendly staff made room for us at the bar even though the place was pretty packed. The speciality cocktails were a bit sweet for my liking, but I'll definitely come back again.
  • EchoDA
    EchoDAAugust 13, 2012
    nice range of Experimental drinks, cool vibe and you feel as though you are taken back in time to a different era!.. enjoy next to "The Box" in case you need to go to the after party
  • Derek T. K.
    Derek T. KuSeptember 15, 2015
    Wonderful vibes and great drinks. Seasonal rotational bar in the back is a nice surprise. (Experimental Carribean Club)
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SimonMay 6, 2012
    make reservations if you want to sit at a table, or just cozy up to the bar. try the curious prescription - it's basically a spicy margarita.
  • Alberto S.
    Alberto SimonOctober 12, 2013
    Great environment and decor. It was especially nice when not full, music was pleasant and the cocktails were tasty and inventive.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakMarch 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best cocktail bars downtown. Inconsistent atmosphere though, and it can get insanely hectic on a Saturday night.
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HMarch 3, 2013
    Definitely earn the word experimental in their name. Interesting concoctions you've never heard of. Think fig infused vermouth and blue cheese bitters.
  • James J.
    James JDecember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I've been here and it was a secret dance party and another time it was quiet speakeasy. Both times drinks were great.
  • Verna
    VernaJanuary 6, 2013
    $15 (or more)/drink, the doorman pulls the "are you here with a reservation" but overall it's not a terrible spot if you're with a good crew. DJ is decent and the decor is nice but def not a must do.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HeppsOctober 8, 2014
    Lovely little place. Sit at the bar and pick the bartender's brain. He's super friendly and knowledgable.
  • Swig
    SwigNovember 14, 2014
    Great cocktails and very interesting bartenders. Drinks are intricate and thoughtful. Remember to Swig your drink.
  • darryl o.
    darryl ohrtFebruary 7, 2013
    Never mind the menu. Just tell the bartender what things you like, and they'll bring you the perfect concoction.
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    A sexy elegant space, easier to get into than most others (not on a weekend of course). Drinks are hit or miss, mostly underwhelming. A few can hit the spot but it's not nothing amazing.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GellesDecember 31, 2013
    A bit snooty. Obnoxious, entitled ladies compose a large segment of their clientele. Bring some mild booze knowledge and critique your drink until they get it right.
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾June 6, 2015
    Delicious and rally creative cocktails. Lovely atmosphere, though the music can be a little loud.
  • Joshua G.
    Joshua GirardOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Will is the best bartender here and will make you the most interesting concoctions you can think of fly providing a little input.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoyceJuly 6, 2012
    Great spot with genuine speakeasy feel. Mixology is definitely on point: try the Experience No.2
  • Yaz M.
    Yaz MusNovember 25, 2014
    Try the Milano Green martini with a twist, it's citrusy, smooth and you'll kinda feel like James Bond
  • Matt H.
    Matt HantzDecember 30, 2012
    The Kota Ternate is genius. The ingredients imply "Caribbean, umbrella-style", but it's not sweet. Instead, balanced and delicious.
  • Arie
    ArieJune 22, 2015
    They mean it when they say Experimental - cocktails here are extremely hit or miss, as though they are just throwing ingredients together and hoping for the best. Service here is quite poor as well.
  • Oscar M.
    Oscar M. R.June 27, 2015
    Bar staff is friendly, drinks are yummy and the DJ spinning last night was great!
  • Irene B.
    Irene BApril 17, 2015
    Great cocktails and music. Our go-to place for a fun night out .
  • val b.
    val bravermanJanuary 24, 2015
    The cocktails are interesting & not for the timid. The cocktail waitress' sh*t didn't stink. No Maker's Mark on hand, so went with Bulleit for an Old Fashioned which was prepared decently.
  • Kyle Dean R.
    Kyle Dean ReinfordApril 12, 2013
    delicious cocktails. the original spot is in paris, and is also good.
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DesmondApril 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is beautiful! Great atmosphere. Try the Jack O Lantern if you like flips.
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChenOctober 5, 2012
    We tried 4 different drinks. They were all very unbalanced. Doorman would not let us in although there was plenty of space inside. Service was top notch. Overall was underwhelmed.
  • Joe J.
    Joe JunterealFebruary 10, 2013
    Order the Micronesian allegory with the pandan and coconut milk....f'ing delicious.
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenJune 7, 2015
    Great cocktails and service. Chill but trendy atmosphere.
  • c0uP
    c0uPMarch 30, 2013
    A white rum old fashioned with celery bitters and some crazy, honey-like syrup!
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanAugust 10, 2015
    Great music (sometimes a little loud), good for groups
  • Anuj M.
    Anuj MathurFebruary 9, 2015
    You can expect a textbook old fashioned, but don't expect a heavy pour.
  • Constance L.
    Constance LeungJuly 13, 2013
    Service staff are friendly. Drinks are awesome, Blackheart is recommended.
  • Amy W.
    Amy WangMarch 7, 2015
    Solid cocktail. But just another dark old fashioned cocktail lounge. Comfy chairs a huge plus! Other than that meh
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouAugust 10, 2014
    Pistache Club-gin based pistachio syrup and egg white
  • Robert B.
    Robert BurrMay 21, 2012
    A very unique option is the vintage cocktails using rare old ingredients.
  • Seth H.
    Seth HartJune 17, 2012
    Place us phenom. Take the first spot near window u find.
  • @theMichaelShane
    @theMichaelShaneDecember 15, 2012
    Try the experimental cocktails.
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotApril 8, 2015
    Make a reservation or get there before 11
  • John W.
    John WisemanMay 11, 2012
    Go off-menu with The Ragtime: Rye, two Amari, peychaud's, grapefruit slice.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerMarch 30, 2015
    Classic and simple. Very good cocktails.
  • @theMichaelShane
    @theMichaelShaneDecember 15, 2012
    Try the experimental cocktails. They're delish.
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouAugust 10, 2014
    Cognac based peach apricot black tea
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouDecember 31, 2013
    Wimbledon Milk Punch is one of TimeOut NY's best cocktails in 2013
  • J.T.
    J.T.August 3, 2014
    Order a bourbon on the rocks and they measure out the portions. Lame...
  • Stylesight
    StylesightSeptember 4, 2012
    A lux lounge serving seasonal drinks from expert mixologists.
  • Gregory X.
    Gregory XethalisNovember 23, 2013
    Roll with the punches is a safe, delicious drink bet
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinOctober 11, 2014
    Really diggin the pistachio drink these days
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick SuMay 3, 2014
    Great music and great drinks
  • Angela S.
    Angela StevensonSeptember 7, 2013
    The "Angelita Cocktail! is the best! 🍹
  • Clarissa B.
    Clarissa BlancoApril 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm in love with this place.
  • st
    stApril 20, 2014
    if you know Indian sweets, the Jean Claude pandan tastes like barfi
  • madslim
    madslimJune 23, 2012
    The Mancora is the way to go.
  • Kinjil M.
    Kinjil MathurFebruary 8, 2015
    Not your typical cocktail lounge. Super loud, crowded and more club like. Terrible music. Don't make the mistake of thinking this is the sister to paris's ECC.
  • Nick J.
    Nick JordanAugust 24, 2014
    Not as good as the Paris and London outposts, but they still pour a mean drink.
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DiGennaroMarch 31, 2013
    Ginger cocktail is a must!
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniMarch 28, 2015
    Decent cocktails. Seems Good for dates.
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanDecember 22, 2013
    Some of the best cocktails in the city
  • Eunie
    EunieAugust 30, 2014
    The Jean Claude pan dam was amazing
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroJune 28, 2013
    Uh yeah, they friggin make their own carbonated alcoholic drinks. Why wouldn't you come here?!
  • Choyce
    ChoyceOctober 4, 2014
    If you love waiting 20mins for overpriced, half-sized cocktails drowned in simple syrup.. then ECC is your place!
  • Ryan
    RyanSeptember 23, 2015
    Try the FAIR Quinoa Vodka 🍸🍸🍸
  • Harry G.
    Harry GriffinMarch 11, 2014
    Walked in 10 minutes after 6 without ever being acknowledged in any capacity. Left shortly after
  • Miss K.
    Miss KandyceFebruary 18, 2013
    Service and drinks get a yay! :-)
  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithFebruary 8, 2013
    This place feels like Applebee's tried to do a speakeasy
  • Jono H.
    Jono HaysomAugust 6, 2014
    Whiskey sour, go!
  • lanamaniac
    lanamaniacOctober 12, 2015
    It's way way waaaaaaay too loud. And I'm not even old. The drinks are great tho. They're deceptively strong.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WinnickMay 14, 2015
    Great date spot.
  • Ramy
    RamyJanuary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't smoke the “salt” on your Heinsenberg. 🍹
  • Matt K.
    Matt KarolianDecember 1, 2012
    Fun, but not as good as the London location.
  • Siovonne
    SiovonneAugust 23, 2015
    Great cocktails!
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FordMarch 11, 2014
    Here for the #montenegro event!
  • Shaba
    ShabaJanuary 31, 2013
    Great place after work
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.February 16, 2014
    Stockholm Syndrome - seat at the bar or table anywhere. 💋
  • Neel B.
    Neel BhargavaFebruary 22, 2014
    Bartenders are dicks and drinks have too much sugar
  • bySMITH
    bySMITHJuly 26, 2012
    Everyone loves the "Experience No2"
  • Franki W.
    Franki WDecember 28, 2013
    Bartenders are super helpful
  • alicetiara
    alicetiaraMarch 5, 2013
    Even the ingredients have ingredients!
  • Rick V.
    Rick ValenzuelaAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Vincent is the man
  • Mélanie V.
    Mélanie VecchioJune 20, 2015
    Large place
  • Blake R.
    Blake RegoMay 12, 2013
    Get the kota ternate
  • Courtney
    CourtneyMarch 28, 2015
    Cocktail were okay. Music and crowd were not.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RussellApril 12, 2015
    Get the Pistache
  • Juan
    JuanMay 15, 2012
    Gt Mancora and ride the wave.
  • Claire S.
    Claire S.July 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Kinkakuji!
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