Little Branch

Little Branch

Speakeasy and Cocktail Bar$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • Cat L.
    Cat LJuly 22, 2016
    Amazing cocktails that you don't even have to order. Just tell them what you like and let them do the rest. I've never had a bad drink here. They've opened my taste buds to all kinds of new drinks.
  • Nikolas F.
    Nikolas FlorosOctober 13, 2014
    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
  • Hailey Heewoo K.
    Hailey Heewoo KimSeptember 16, 2015
    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!)
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    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.
  • Ross W.
    Ross Webster-SalterJuly 10, 2016
    One of my favourite bars / speakeasies in NYC, lively ambience. Solid cocktails. The evening I was there a band was tucked into a corner complementing and not dominating the ambience!
  • Guest of a Guest
    With smooth jazz playing softly in the background and even smoother cocktails, you'll be transported back to the era of prohibition. This tucked away spot is ideal for an a night cap with friends. Read more
  • Tinashe D.
    Tinashe DhliwayoMarch 25, 2016
    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.
  • Carolyn L.
    Carolyn LahorgueFebruary 8, 2015
    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
  • Arie
    ArieJune 22, 2015
    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.
  • PUNCH
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    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
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SMay 11, 2012
    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
  • Colin A.
    Colin AdamsSeptember 2, 2016
    Very knowledgeable bartender with great recommendations. Fun to watch the bartenders make drinks, but if you can get a table, even better. It's cash only.
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelJanuary 21
    Hard to get into on the weekends but a fun speakeasy with knowledgeable bartenders. If you don't find something on the menu just let them know what you usually like and let them create a drink!
  • jeanie k.
    jeanie kOctober 12, 2012
    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.
  • David P.
    David PSeptember 22, 2012
    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
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayAugust 7, 2012
    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.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 27, 2010
    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.
  • Ant M.
    Ant ManSeptember 9, 2014
    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.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayJanuary 3, 2013
    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.
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffSeptember 28, 2015
    Very enjoyable Old Fashioned and the best Sazerac I've had outside New Orleans. Helpful bartenders and a nice setting.
  • Ashlee
    AshleeOctober 8, 2012
    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!
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerOctober 8, 2014
    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.
  • Dipsology
    DipsologySeptember 27, 2015
    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.
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiNovember 7, 2011
    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.
  • Stephanie Z.
    Stephanie ZhongOctober 29, 2014
    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)!
  • Anup T.
    Anup TapaseFebruary 7, 2014
    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.
  • Vinny L.
    Vinny La BarberaDecember 30, 2011
    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.
  • Michael V.
    Michael VierraSeptember 2, 2015
    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!
  • Styleite
    StyleiteJuly 5, 2011
    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.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiJune 17, 2013
    "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
  • Henry B.
    Henry BridgeAugust 10, 2014
    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.
  • IFC
    IFCJune 7, 2010
    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
  • Emmanuel G.
    Emmanuel GalvanMarch 9, 2016
    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.
  • Tim F.
    Tim FaustiniAugust 7, 2014
    This a great little spot for a night out. Mostly only cocktails here, all of which are great. Low lights and jazz music. Good date spot.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 31, 2010
    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.
  • Lauren N.
    Lauren NavarroMarch 17, 2014
    Great place for drinks but it's cash only & no food! Ask for the bartenders choice. I got a spicy tequila based drink that was amazing!
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle Wiles2 weeks ago
    Expensive (but delicious) bespoke cocktails, just make sure to stop at the ATM before cause it's cash only
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfJune 21, 2015
    Felt like another quintessentially NY moment, sipping my first gimlet here. Super intimate with deliciously smooth cocktails and friendly staff. Winner!
  • Raj S.
    Raj SarmaDecember 3, 2011
    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!
  • Princess Abigail B.
    Princess Abigail BacaniJanuary 23, 2013
    The unmarked brown door on the triangular corner of Seventh Avenue South and Leroy Street will lead you down a staircase and into the basement watering hole. Cash only.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeMarch 27, 2011
    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.
  • Dom
    DomSeptember 29, 2012
    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!
  • Ellen R.
    Ellen RogozSeptember 18, 2016
    Pros: fun atmosphere with great classics and new inventive drinks. Cons: each cocktail runs around $16 and the place is cash-only.
  • MtoM
    MtoMOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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)
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 26, 2011
    A nice, relaxing lounge to grab a drink. Lines can be long on weekends but it's worth it, especially if you love a classic jazzy atmosphere.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissSeptember 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The OG speakeasy. Penicillin, El Guapo, and any bartender choice is all fantastic drinks.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsJanuary 14, 2015
    Come on a weekday, not too late, and snag a table. Bring lots of cash and let the night slip into a hazy, jazz filled euphoria. Tell your boss you'll be a bit late in the morning.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 16, 2012
    The smooth jazz music and the even smoother cocktails transport you back in time to the days of Prohibition at this petite speakeasy.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiDecember 25, 2016
    Good ambience. Delicious cocktails from $16. Seats are first come first serve. Cash only!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 26, 2011
    a hidden bar in the west village that is great for an intimate rendezvous, date, or small gathering of friends. Love the gin cocktails here.
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