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.
  • 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!)
  • 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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • Elizabeth B.
    Awesome speakeasy - the French east India, old fashioned, and the sazerac are all awesome .. super packed on weekends but great and spacious on a weeknight
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesFebruary 12
    Expensive (but delicious) bespoke cocktails, just make sure to stop at the ATM before cause it's cash only
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiDecember 25, 2016
    Good ambience. Delicious cocktails from $16. Seats are first come first serve. Cash only!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • kimchikim l.
    kimchikim lauOctober 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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)!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • @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.
  • 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)
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownFebruary 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Takes 3 days of slow freezing in a $6k Clinebell machine to make the crystal clear ice here, 2 hours of prep for the ice alone goes into each shift. Respect!
  • Trevor R.
    Trevor RinkerFebruary 6
    Cash only. Phenomenal cocktails. Really cool environment and music. Get there early (9ish) to get a table, the bar area is pretty small.
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestOctober 19, 2011
    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
    Guest of a GuestOctober 11, 2011
    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
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyDecember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Superbly made drinks created by a team from the Milk & Honey family, an intimate setting complete with a piano, and it's underground.
  • Minka Monica L.
    Minka Monica LiFebruary 17, 2015
    Great speak easy spot in the west village. The live jazz band on sundays plays classics. Solid whiskey sour #jazznostalgia
  • Jimmy Z.
    Jimmy ZhuApril 16, 2012
    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)
  • Chris C.
    Chris CarellaJune 1, 2012
    great speakeasy spot in NYC. Tell the waitresses what you like and they will make you something special. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Mike M.
    Mike McBryanDecember 11, 2014
    Cash only and very awkward space. Luckily the cocktails are excellent and if you can grab the booth by the piano - don't leave.
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezSeptember 25, 2015
    All the waitress's cocktail suggestions were perfect. By far an amazing cocktail place. The old sixties music adds a nice touch.
  • Raj S.
    Raj SarmaDecember 3, 2011
    If you like Bourbon, don't hesitate to order the "Stone Fence", this concoction is out of this world. Good bourbon and fresh organic cider!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 22, 2013
    One of New York's old-guard cocktail bars; pick your spirit and opt for the Bartender's Choice.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceMay 3, 2015
    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.
  • Collette S.
    Collette SJune 21, 2015
    Amazing mixologists behind the bar. Not sure what you want? Just ask your waiter / waitress and they'll recommend something that doesn't disappoint.
  • Kat
    KatNovember 26, 2011
    Favorite speak-easy bar in town. The bees knees and East Side are my favorite cocktails, that is if you like stuff on the sweeter side.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 19, 2013
    Casino: gin, Maraschino, lemon, orange bitters. You can't go wrong with Bartender's Choice, though.
  • Elliot W.
    Elliot WehnerJanuary 3, 2015
    Great bespoke cocktails - tell the experts what you like and you won't be disappointed
  • Alex
    AlexJune 13, 2012
    Classic. Perfect. Little Branch has a wide selection of great drinks, but the Old Fashioned is one of the best in Manhattan.
  • Shawn T.
    Shawn ThorntonDecember 2, 2016
    Love this hidden gem. Very small and usually always packed. But they make some of the best drinks in NYC.
  • Shirley Z.
    Shirley ZhuJanuary 3, 2016
    A little nondescript from the outside but fantastic once you get in. Excellent cocktails, great speakeasy atmosphere
  • Harish H.
    Harish HoonJanuary 29, 2015
    I just tell the bartender what I like and they typically whip up something ridiculously good. Small space so can get really crowded.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 28, 2010
    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
  • Kate M.
    Kate McCartyAugust 7, 2014
    The line moves relatively quickly. Once you're inside, just tell the bartender your tastes. You won't be disappointed.
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AlmogNovember 7, 2014
    Any drink they make you with ginger is heavenly. And sometimes they have live jazz too. Perfect mix.
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HaydenOctober 29, 2011
    Just tell the bartender what you like and he'll make a crazy concoction for you. My first one had an egg white and was surprisingly tasty.
  • Madhu V.
    Madhu VulimiriJune 23, 2015
    Worth the wait. Make sure to ask for a table when you get in. Also, free pretzels if you ask for them.
  • Brad P.
    Brad PurchaseMarch 16, 2016
    Amazing cocktails, and if you hang out by the bar you get to watch the bartenders work their magic. 😎
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew EwigSeptember 4, 2014
    Classy cocktails in a sneaky hideaway. Get the rum Rickey or Moscow mule with homemade ginger beer.
  • Lina T.
    Lina TrifonNovember 6, 2016
    A cool cocktail bar with live music on most days. It's quite loud inside but the cocktails are great.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KarfunkelJanuary 19, 2015
    Nice to go to, but too troublesome to be a regular deal. But trust the bartenders, and admire their ice carving abilities!
  • Open Air Publishing
    Open Air PublishingApril 24, 2012
    LB founder Joseph Schwartz demos his cocktail-making techniques and classic cocktail recipes on video in the iPad book app "Speakeasy Cocktails". Buy it at openairpub.com or in the iPad App Store.
  • Jc Q.
    Jc QAugust 21, 2014
    Cocktails are amazing and the ambiance is unbeatable. Underground Speakeasy; been around for ages
  • Ufuk T.
    Hidden craft coctail bar. Live Jazz Music. If u like beer , dont come here. Coctails are adorable. #littlebrunch
  • Christian B.
    Christian BorgesSeptember 2, 2011
    Once you find it (on the West corner of Leroy and 7th Ave. South.), get the Ward 8. Mindscrambler - hurt so good! :-)
  • Jeff W.
    Pick a liquor, then ask for a shaken version and a straight up version. Play around. Fun entrance.
  • K
    KJuly 22, 2015
    Speakeasy - if you don't like the cocktail menu, ask for a surprise from one of the talented bartenders
  • Eric M.
    Eric MorrisJanuary 3, 2015
    Great upscale bar with amazing drinks. Had live jazz when I went. Speakeasy vibe, fairly small.
  • Henali
    HenaliSeptember 4, 2014
    cash only!!! and agreed with others on here - let the bartender decide for you if you're not sure what to drink.
  • Ravin D.
    Ravin DaveJanuary 3, 2010
    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..
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    Great drinks, claustrophobic but nice space in the basement, hard to get into. Usually worth it.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Custom-made cocktails and low ceilings give Little Branch an air of mystique. It may feel like a speakeasy, but no passwords are required.
  • Kaitlyn P.
    Kaitlyn PezikMay 10, 2015
    this place is an awesome date spot, but definitely not somewhere to come if you're looking for a lively Fri/Sat night. drink prices are also outrageous.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'SullivanSeptember 2, 2014
    Thursday nights are great for late night jazz and obviously, all cocktails are great.
  • Jon F.
    Jon FeldmanSeptember 29, 2011
    LB founder Joseph Schwartz demos his cocktail-making techniques and classic cocktail recipes on video in the iPad book app "Speakeasy Cocktails". Buy it at openairpub.com or in the iPad App Store.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MooreNovember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If this is your first time at Little Branch, you must do Bartender's Choice. They'll shoot you a couple questions and make you the perfect drink. Trust them.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurtoJune 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're hungry but don't want to leave, order the Old Pepper. It has whiskey or bourbon and several parts hot sauce.
  • Ananya R.
    Ananya RachabattuniFebruary 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The line gets a bit long for no reason. This place is known for their designer drinks. Get the diablo cocktail #soYumYum
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew ColemanDecember 12, 2014
    The most perfect bar in the city. Bartenders choice all night long. Remember cash only and be ready to wait! Such a gem
  • İpek A.
    İpek A.March 13, 2015
    I love this place a lot! Delicious cocktails and good staff! Ask for Manhattan!
  • Giulio d.
    Giulio del BufaloApril 18, 2013
    Get there early to grab one of the cool tables in the back. Rye Fizz was delicious.
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