Little Branch

Little Branch

Speakeasy and Cocktail Bar · West Village
20 7th Ave S (at Leroy St), New York, NY 10014, United States
Closed until 7:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 7:00 PM–3:00 AM
Dinner, Bar Snacks
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
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    Serious Eats
    "You can't go wrong with Bartender's Choice, though."(23 Tips)
    Minka Monica L.
    "The live jazz band on sundays plays classics."(18 Tips)
    Gary R.
    "One of my favorite joints for an Old Fashioned"(18 Tips)
    Nikolas F.
    "They make a mean death in the afternoon and an amazing sazerac."(8 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • jazz music
  • cozy
  • romantic
  • good for a late night
  • trendy
  • whiskey
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  • lively
  • intimate
  • fancy
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  • bourbon
  • off-menu items
  • dimly-lit
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    If you’re unsure about the menu, simply specify a base liquor of choice (rum, vodka, rye) and your mood, and they will create, while you watch, one of the best drinks you’ll likely have ever tasted. Read more · January 10, 2012
  • RoelandP
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    RoelandP · October 28, 2014
  • The Corcoran Group
    Great cocktails here. Let the bartender know what you like and they’ll create a cocktail designed for you. Look for the door at the corner with no sign on the SW corner of 7th Ave South and Leroy.
    The Corcoran Group · April 27, 2010
  • Nikolas F.
    This hard to find dimly lit joint has live music and great service. They make a mean death in the afternoon and an amazing sazerac. If you can't decide, tell the bartender some ingredients and he'll
    Nikolas Floros · October 13, 2014
  • Arie
    This is a bar for grown-ups. The music is subdued, the crowd is well-dressed and well-behaved, the staff is polite, the original drinks are masterfully crafted by the mixologists behind the counter.
    Arie · June 22, 2015
  • Adrienne S.
    One of my #dipsology top 100. Great spot with milk and honey drinks but you don't have to reserve and the scene is a bit more open/fun. Live jazz Sunday-Thursday. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
    Adrienne S · May 11, 2012
  • Stephanie Z.
    Feels like a 1920 bar in a basement. Little branch was excellent a couple years ago, but quality of drinks has gone down recently... If you want SERIOUS good cocktails, try milk & honey (same owner)!
    Stephanie Zhong · October 29, 2014
  • GianCarlo P.
    Say hello to Chris at the door. Put your name in for a table before you order your first round from the bar.Stop by Mon-Thur for live jazz and snacks after 10PM.Order a northside special & bramble
    GianCarlo Pitocco · September 29, 2009
  • jeanie k.
    underground speakeasy behind a nondescript door, they make their own ginger beer which is *spicy* & delicious! once was told by an employee that they were the inspiration for bourbon and branch in SF.
    jeanie k · October 12, 2012
  • David P.
    Great small Mexican food spot, right off the 1 train. Guacamole was okay, definitely get the margarita especial and the shrimp and pineapple quesadilla. Don't forget to try to spicy chips and salsas
    David P · September 22, 2012
  • Hailey Heewoo K.
    love the vibe here - it's unique and romantic. the live jazz music is a huge plus and the drinks are great (tell the bartender the kind of drink you like and trust him/her with it!)
    Hailey Heewoo Kim · September 16, 2015
  • NY Waterway
    Fun place to go for a subterranean, speakeasy experience. Dim lighting, cozy booths, and live jazz provide for an intimate setting. Great bartenders serving a variety of cocktails. Cash only.
    NY Waterway · August 7, 2012
  • Alex M.
    "Used to be, a nightclub was a dark, smoky place where well-dressed people sipped well-made drinks and made clever, well-educated chitchat while a hot Cuban band played rumbas. Little Branch does..." Read more
    Alex Mizrahi · June 17, 2013
  • Ravin D.
    Great libations- in either booths or bar. Sam the mix master serv perfect complimentary cocktails to the down-tempo live jazz. Be sure to tell him of your likes when ordering the bartender's choice..
    Ravin Dave · January 3, 2010
  • Lori L.
    Finding this underground speakeasy in the West Village is half the battle, but you'll be rewarded with excellent cocktails, such as the Bee's Knees. Ask for the Bartender's Choice if unsure.
    Lori Luo · August 10, 2014
  • Ashlee
    Felt like I was in an old 1920s movie, especially when I sighted the old type-cash register! Ordered the Bartender's Choice and got a delicious Blackberry Gold Rush out of the deal. Cash only!
    Ashlee · October 8, 2012
  • DoubleDeuce
    I have two favorite things about this place: the tightly squeezed in jazz trio and the custom made piece of ice for each drink. I don't like the queue that builds outside the door, it's an eyesore.
    DoubleDeuce · May 3, 2015
  • MtoM
    Try the following: Monte Carlo - manly rancher whiskey drink, Kentucky Maid - slightly more fruity whiskey drink, fernet branca and applejack thing (forget the name), stay up late (gin and cognac)
    MtoM · October 3, 2010
  • Village Voice
    One of our ten best Manhattan bars-The bartender will whittle you a perfectly spherical ice ball for your Old Fashioned right before your eyes. A jazz trio keeps the place hopping.
    Village Voice · August 31, 2010
  • Carolyn L.
    The line is definitely worth it - I would trust these bartenders with anything. They always make the perfect drink for my mood and tastes. Stellar hang out for a young, affluent crowd
    Carolyn Lahorgue · February 8, 2015
  • Tinashe D.
    This is my go to cocktail spot for when I have visitors to entertain from out of town. It's super cozy with great music that's quiet enough for you to hold a conversation.
    Tinashe Dhliwayo · March 25
  • Mick B.
    Nice location, decent ambiance. After descending the stairs, you look around expecting more but find less. The live music rescues the semi-anticlimactic experience. It's alright, but have a Plan B.
    Mick B · March 18, 2012
  • Anup T.
    Great ambience, but show me some innovation. I don't innovate, hence I come to you. When I come to a cocktail lounge/ speakeasy, I'm not here to tell you what i like; I expect interesting creations.
    Anup Tapase · February 7, 2014
    Many old rules apply in this place: No misbehaving, no loud and boisterous behaviour. If you are not sure what you want, name a liquor you enjoy, and they'll give you a list of what they can make. · August 20, 2011
  • IFC
    Expensive cocktails served in a hidden speak-easy by men with Civil War beards. The only thing Slightly Off about this place is how Eerily On these guys are. Even the ice cubes are well read. - IFC St
    IFC · June 7, 2010
  • Ant M.
    Always packed and might not be super comfortable/spacious, but the bartenders are great and know their drinks. Just tell them what tastes you like and they'll put an amazing drink together for you.
    Ant Man · September 9, 2014
    One of NYC’s first classic cocktail bars, 1920s speakeasy-style Little Branch sees some of the city’s best bartenders pass through. As such, dealer’s choice is never a bad decision here. Read more
    PUNCH · September 24, 2015
  • Tony X.
    Come when there's live music, because the drinks are $14 and for that kind of money I shouldn't be seeing college kids dressed in their Hollister pajamas. Cocktails are obviously amazing here.
    Tony Xerray · January 3, 2013
  • Styleite
    Here’s what you do: Go to the bar, tell the bartender what your liquor of choice is, and watch in amazement as they turn that choice into a near-perfect dram of deliciousness.
    Styleite · July 5, 2011
  • Bravo
    The best cocktails in Manhattan! Hidden down a dark staircase, it's great for a date, or just for after work unwinding. Amazing mint juleps. -Anita Lo, Top Chef Masters
    Bravo · January 28, 2010
  • Adam L.
    Perhaps it was just the moment, but Little Branch was far-off the standards set by other NYC mixology peers. Poor service, a cocktail menu mostly of standards, and a damp room. Many better options.
    Adam Lerner · November 6, 2012
  • Brian D.
    There are plenty better speakeasies in the city, especially in this area. This is a glorified basement with top shelf booze. Mixology is 7/10th's of the way there, setting isn't.
    Brian DeVito · June 12, 2013
  • Dipsology
    One of our original favorites in NYC, Little Branch never fails to disappoint. Go early or (very) late to avoid the crowds. Also: live jazz during the week.
    Dipsology · September 27, 2015
  • Scott H.
    The perfect after date drink place in the lower west. Order the "Fair and Day" (off menu) - a rum based revelation haha. Or something a little sweet, try their "Dominicana."
    Scott Harrower · November 6, 2009
  • Senator John B.
    The bar is already perfect, but on Sunday nights a small jazz trio fills the small underground room with piano, drums, and standup bass. Enjoy with their excellent libations.
    Senator John Blutarski · November 7, 2011
  • Haley S.
    One of NY's best speakeasies. Tell the bartender what alcohol you like and they will craft a custom drink. Very romantic atmosphere, especially if you get a booth
    Haley Schoeck · August 18, 2015
  • Vinny L.
    This place is awesome. Let the bartender make you something custom - just tell them what you like (sour, sweet, bitter, etc) and they will create something delicious for you.
    Vinny La Barbera · December 30, 2011
  • Design*Sponge
    Amazing cocktails. You might have to wait outside, but it's worth it. If you're overwhelmed by the menu, let the bartender help you decide. They definitely know their stuff.
    Design*Sponge · March 27, 2011
  • Meg F.
    Super hip little speakeasy with legit cocktails (bartenders know what they're doing). though has been discovered in the last year and can have a line to get in.
    Meg Farmer · October 8, 2014
  • Guest of a Guest
    One of the daughter speakeasy to Milk and Honey, Little Branch is a dimly lit cocktail lounge that when you walk in you will feel like you are in a different era. Read more
    Guest of a Guest · October 19, 2011
  • Stanley S.
    One of the daughter speakeasy to Milk and Honey, Little Branch is a dimly lit cocktail lounge that when you walk in you will feel like you are in a different era. Read more
    Stanley Stuyvesant · October 11, 2011
  • Lance L.
    Very enjoyable Old Fashioned and the best Sazerac I've had outside New Orleans. Helpful bartenders and a nice setting.
    Lance Lacoff · September 28, 2015
  • Michael V.
    Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails! Never disappoints & if you're familiar with "Dutch Kills" in L.I.C. You're in for a real treat, order a Son of a bee sting!
    Michael Vierra · September 2, 2015
  • Jimmy Z.
    Little Branch is still a standard-bearer for the well-crafted cocktails in a whimsically serious place but w/ diminished service at the tables, grab a seat by the bar (still has free pretzels, tho)
    Jimmy Zhu · April 16, 2012
  • Raj S.
    If you like Bourbon, don't hesitate to order the "Stone Fence"; good Bourbon and fresh organic apple cider make this a concoction that tastes out of this world!
    Raj Sarma · December 3, 2011
  • Charlotte S.
    Felt like another quintessentially NY moment, sipping my first gimlet here. Super intimate with deliciously smooth cocktails and friendly staff. Winner!
    Charlotte Scarf · June 21, 2015
  • Emmanuel G.
    Speak easy! The place is super nice. The service is friendly. Drink the water !!! We drink REAL COCKTAILS here. The doorman is friendly and cultured.
    Emmanuel Galvan · March 9
  • Chris F.
    This is my favorite cocktail bar in NYC, by far-- they've made some of the best I've had. Could spend hours at the bar watch the able bartenders make drinks.
    Chris Faile · March 10, 2009
  • Dom
    Brilliant, sublime cocktails mixed with ruthless panache. But remember it's a cash only bar so don't do what I did and have to run out to an ATM!
    Dom · September 29, 2012
  • Henry B.
    Great drinks and great atmosphere, particularly if you're looking for a place that's quiet enough to have a conversation. Order a bartenders choice.
    Henry Bridge · August 10, 2014

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