Little Branch

Little Branch

Speakeasy and Cocktail Bar$$$$
West Village, New York
313 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • jazz music
  • cozy
  • romantic
  • good for a late night
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  • 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!)
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • 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!
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • 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.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • 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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesFebruary 12, 2017
    Expensive (but delicious) bespoke cocktails, just make sure to stop at the ATM before cause it's cash only
    Upvoted 6 days 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.
  • 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
    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
  • 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.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinMarch 7, 2017
    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
  • 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, 2017
    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!
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiDecember 25, 2016
    Good ambience. Delicious cocktails from $16. Seats are first come first serve. Cash only!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissSeptember 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The OG speakeasy. Penicillin, El Guapo, and any bartender choice is all fantastic drinks.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • @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.
  • Trevor R.
    Trevor RinkerFebruary 6, 2017
    Cash only. Phenomenal cocktails. Really cool environment and music. Get there early (9ish) to get a table, the bar area is pretty small.
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. 😎
  • 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.
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew EwigSeptember 4, 2014
    Classy cocktails in a sneaky hideaway. Get the rum Rickey or Moscow mule with homemade ginger beer.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Jc Q.
    Jc QAugust 21, 2014
    Cocktails are amazing and the ambiance is unbeatable. Underground Speakeasy; been around for ages
  • 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.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinMay 13, 2017
    Pick a liquor, then ask for a shaken version and a straight up version. Play around. Fun entrance.
  • Ufuk T.
    Hidden craft coctail bar. Live Jazz Music. If u like beer , dont come here. Coctails are adorable. #littlebrunch
  • 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 or in the iPad App Store.
  • 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.
  • 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! :-)
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'SullivanSeptember 2, 2014
    Thursday nights are great for late night jazz and obviously, all cocktails are great.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 or in the iPad App Store.
  • Giulio d.
    Giulio del BufaloApril 18, 2013
    Get there early to grab one of the cool tables in the back. Rye Fizz was delicious.
  • Will V.
    Will VanderhoefNovember 28, 2012
    Often overused for first dates, so don't. Definitely a top notch bar but expect to pay $14 for a drink. Get a reservation.
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinAugust 1, 2015
    Dark, cozy, romantic, great cocktails and live music. Perfect for a date!
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FergusonJanuary 7, 2017
    The French East India cocktail is a delicious rum drink with a kick. If you like "Zombies" you'll love this!
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DavisAugust 21, 2014
    Great jazz spot with classic cocktails and homey booths for a romantic date night
  • Michael K.
    Michael KleinJanuary 31, 2017
    Excellent cocktails, best to go with bespoke. Great live music too. Cash only.
  • Rob A.
    Rob AtkinsonMarch 19, 2016
    Great cocktails, ask your bartender to make you something new based on your mood
    MetroSeeker.comAugust 20, 2011
    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.
  • GianCarlo P.
    GianCarlo PitoccoSeptember 29, 2009
    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
  • Jess S.
    Jess SSeptember 3, 2011
    Fav lil speakeasy delish cocktails & cozy tables. Bartenders are less pretentious than at MnH. Try the Moscow mule
  • Summer B.
    Summer BedardJune 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious cocktails in a hidden spot. You might have to wait in line.
  • Hollaka Hollala ƪ.
    A great cozy, romantic, and laid-back atmosphere as well as great drinks!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MooreMarch 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're one for martinis, order a Tuxedo No. 2, the predecessor to the traditional cocktail. Gin + Absinthe = Heaven.
  • Lamarr B.
    Lamarr B.March 25, 2011
    some of the best drinks i've had in ny! atmosphere is great, and the staff/bartenders are very knowledgeable and helpful
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelSeptember 6, 2014
    Bartenders know what's up, so don't hesitate to trust their suggestions. Cash only.
  • Nicola M.
    Nicola MedranoDecember 17, 2014
    Best speakeasy in NYC hands down. Dark, cozy, quaint. Live jazz!
  • Guan L.
    Guan LiFebruary 9, 2015
    Amazing cocktails. A great place that I keep coming back. Just perfect!
  • Gareth R.
    Gareth Rees-JohnJune 29, 2017
    Awesome speakeasy in the lower west just go with the bartenders choice.... enjoy
  • Jarret W.
    Jarret WeinrichAugust 11, 2012
    Just get the bartender's choice with your favorite spirit, you won't be sad. Also, bring cash.
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LevitasMarch 20, 2017
    Ask for recommendations! They really know how to make a drink to match your tastes!
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa CurielDecember 7, 2012
    Ask for the bartender cocktail! Excellent place, good music. Totally love it
  • Martha
    MarthaNovember 29, 2014
    dark, intimate, with a varying array of cocktails for any discerning palate.
  • Sharon T.
    Sharon TsaoFebruary 4, 2016
    Creepy entrance, beautiful cocktails! Also a no-menu type of bar!
  • Mick B.
    Mick BMarch 18, 2012
    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.
  • Sacha S.
    Sacha SJuly 4, 2017
    One of my favourite cocktail places in NYC. Come here when there is jazz.
  • Zeba S.
    Zeba SiddiqiApril 4, 2016
    Go for the bartender's choice cocktails! Be ready to wait for an hour or so to enter
  • Angela B.
    Angela BoldreyDecember 30, 2014
    I left my drink up to the bar tender and it was fantastic! Have never been to a place like it.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanMarch 18, 2017
    Delicious sazeracs. FYI it's cash only and the cocktails are kind of expensive.
  • Joanne R.
    Joanne ReinardOctober 18, 2016
    Such nice cocktail list! Very special atmosphere but welcome to a speakeasy!
  • Carrie N.
    Carrie NydenMarch 6, 2016
    Very friendly service, plus great cocktails.
  • letajanelle
    letajanelleDecember 22, 2015
    Hot cocktails! Free peanuts! Great service!
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 28, 2010
    you don't have to read the menu. just tell the hostess what you feel like having...she'll have the bartenders come up with something special.
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    Noah @Noah_Xifr XifrOctober 20, 2014
    Lovely hot toddy on a chilly night. Live jazz Sunday to Thursday 10:30 to 1a.
  • karen b.
    karen bonna rainertSeptember 2, 2012
    Southside Fizz is awesome. Make sure you have cash; they don't take cards.
  • Katie H.
    Katie HApril 15, 2012
    One of the few places in town that know what a Hemingway daiquiri is... None of that frozen crap, straight up with a maraschino cherry. Yum.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HarrowerNovember 6, 2009
    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."
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanNovember 29, 2015
    Not a lot of space but worth the wait. Theirs a place on the menu for a custom cocktail and the bartender does not disappoint
  • Zach M.
    Zach MaierOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gordon's Breakfast ... the best off-menu cocktail ever. Gin, cucumber, lime, hot sauce. Amazing.
  • Maurio F.
    Maurio FioreAugust 15, 2014
    Very very good cocktails. I suggest you let the bartenders riff a bit.
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShackletonSeptember 23, 2014
    Best cocktails: Manhattan, Queens Park Swizzle, Aviation, and the Mint Julep.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeySeptember 4, 2014
    Their Manhattan, Old Fashioned and Sazerac are all winners.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakOctober 12, 2014
    Super strong Old Fashioned. Super pricey, too, for a cash-only venue...
  • Richard B.
    Richard BJuly 8, 2015
    Excellent old fashioned and sazerac. Nice candlelit speakeasy
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 12, 2010
    This place has old school cocktails, nightly jazz, and the dark mood-lighting only associated with a 1920s speakeasy.
  • Emilie
    EmilieMarch 23, 2013
    Best speakeasy in town! Ask them what to order!
  • JT
    JTMarch 24, 2017
    Love the live jazz! The cocktails can be pretty strong so beware
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    This West Village basement lounge is owned by mixologist Joseph Schwartz. Drinks are served with ice that's custom-made for each glass.
  • Eric S.
    Eric ShoemakerJune 16, 2010
    Greatest drinks in Manhattan... fresh ingredients and custom made to your flavor likes and dislikes. Live Jazz certain nights also.
  • Dayan
    DayanJanuary 4, 2015
    No longer serve spherical ice balls but still makes a good old fashioned. Limited in whiskey selections.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MeltzerOctober 12, 2011
    Some of the best cocktails in NYC. Live music every night adds to the speakeasy feel.
  • Josef P.
    Josef PfeifferSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here right at 7pm when they open on weeknights otherwise it is tough to get in without a long wait.
  • Alexa E.
    Alexa E.September 14, 2013
    Go see the guys at Little Branch and get your fix. They know their cocktails.
  • 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
  • pablco
    pablcoNovember 3, 2014
    good for a date, speakeasy, they have jazz live bands
  • Angel J.
    Angel JimenezAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A good Speakeasy, if you can go when they play live music its even better.
  • Gary R.
    Gary RelojApril 22, 2014
    One of my favorite joints for an Old Fashioned
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DJanuary 23, 2013
    Cash only, but great service and a staple date night cocktail spot.
  • Flo
    FloSeptember 1, 2012
    Ask for an Old Fashioned or Monte Carlo. Both are divine.
  • Annette S.
    Annette ShadeJuly 7, 2011
    Best custom cocktails ... Just tell the bartender what you're in the mood for
  • Jastine K.
    Jastine KhoNovember 10, 2017
    Cash only. Tiny place. Only worth coming when there is live Jazz.
  • Cora L.
    Cora LambertMarch 27, 2012
    Milk & Honey cocktails without the reservation policy. Amazing atmosphere.
  • CM S.
    CM SSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you get a seat they'll bring you large delicious pretzels!
  • Lulu
    LuluSeptember 18, 2010
    Same owner as Milk and Honey - amazing cocktails such as Chicago Fizz, Army + Navy, Blackberry Rumbler, etc etc
  • Gary P.
    Gary PeckApril 16, 2013
    Really great speakeasy-style bar. Awesome cocktails.
  • Solène M.
    Solène MaîtreNovember 7, 2014
    Live music & nice cocktails at a fair price.
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaDecember 20, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have trouble deciding what to order, let them decide for you. Ask for the Bartender's Choice and tell them what flavors/liquors you like.
  • Adam L.
    Adam LernerNovember 6, 2012
    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.
  • Nilesh P.
    Nilesh ParikhMarch 26, 2012
    Try the tattle tale. Great off menu Scotch based treat.
  • Elisabeth B.
    Elisabeth BrombergApril 7, 2011
    Order a Tom Collins with whatever berry suits your fancy. Absolutely divine.
  • Colin D.
    Colin DuRantMarch 3, 2017
    Expensive but tasty cocktails in a dimly lit underground speakeasy.
  • Johnny M.
    Johnny MalangoneMay 4, 2010
    Don't order from the menu. Tell your server what you like and have the mixologist surprise. I suggest anything with fresh ginger. Yummmm
  • Adam M.
    Adam McCueSeptember 1, 2011
    Order a Quill. It's a Negroni (gin, vermouth, bitters) with an absinthe rinse. Serious business.
  • abdulnaby
    abdulnabyNovember 29, 2012
    Ask for the homie Cervantes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tell him I sent you...
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Worth the wait. And that's saying something. Old fashioned ftw.
  • Ben
    BenApril 22, 2015
    Delicious drinks, perfect for a summer cocktail.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LDecember 11, 2011
    They have the best napkins aside from amazing drink concoctions
  • Olivia V.
    Olivia VindenOctober 20, 2012
    Undoubtedly the best speakeasy I visited in NYC.
  • Zane Z.
    Zane ZemlakSeptember 16, 2016
    Great atmosphere and quite the cocktail selection.
  • Geoffrey L.
    Geoffrey LewisJuly 8, 2013
    Great drinks, but don't forget, it's cash only.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MatthewsAugust 27, 2012
    My favourite bar in NYC. Hidden again but worth a look. Tiny.
  • Maggie
    MaggieNovember 4, 2011
    Indecisive? Tell a bartender what you like. Week from hell? A stiff rye is better than a good cry!
  • George
    GeorgeMay 13, 2015
    gentleman's buck is pretty great if you like bourbon + ginger
  • Mati L.
    Mati LuikSeptember 3, 2014
    A NYC classic along with the Gold Rush Cocktail.
  • Taylor
    TaylorMay 31, 2012
    Great sazerac is just one of the many great drinks here.
  • Katie L.
    Katie LMay 22, 2011
    Ask the bartender for a house specialty they have quite a repertoire!!!
  • Esquire
    EsquireJanuary 31, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Order a silver rye fizz. They're excellent here.
  • Anissa
    AnissaMay 22, 2015
    Ask the bartender to create a drink for you!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 21, 2012
    Order the Kentucky Maid for a twisted whiskey drink.
  • James C.
    James CMarch 17, 2015
    Great drinks. Great place. Check it out.
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JJune 16, 2013
    Good jazz spot. Come before 10am
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherSeptember 6, 2011
    Ask for the bartender's won't be disappointed.
  • ian m.
    ian mcloughlinOctober 31, 2015
    Bartenders choice - north side special
  • Lisa Z.
    Lisa ZawackiSeptember 10, 2011
    The silver fox is fantastic. Gin, amaretto, egg white, what could go wrong!?
  • Rocio R.
    Rocio RMay 4, 2012
    Let te bartender mix you a good one, sit back and enjoy :)
  • Steve R.
    Steve RossOctober 14, 2016
    Order off the menu; the Mexican Firing Squad is a great tequila concoction
  • Ana A.
    Ana AlanisOctober 24, 2011
    If you like tequila, DIABLO is the best cocktail ever.
    Citybeams.comJuly 1, 2012
    Voted one of the best first date drink spots in Manhattan
  • Jonathan V.
    Jonathan VingianoMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a bud light
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LachsOctober 2, 2012
    You can't go wrong with Bartender's Choice here.
  • Alejandro H.
    Alejandro HoyoJuly 12, 2016
    Bartender's choice!! If you like gin go for the Corpse Reviver # 2.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DelGaudioApril 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Order the bar tenders choice. Its the only way to go!
  • Somnath S.
    Somnath SureshJune 28, 2014
    Would be more amazing if only they accepted credit cards. Come on its 2014!!!
  • Shabeeb
    ShabeebOctober 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The best NYC speakeasy. live jazz weeknights....
  • Dessy R.
    Dessy RabuseJuly 26, 2010
    awesome little speakeasy. Good drinks! Great atmosphere. Old school. LOVE IT!
  • Amy
    AmyMay 14, 2010
    skip the menu and tell the bartender what you like. You will be rewarded with a great tasting drink.
  • Anastasia C.
    Anastasia CAugust 13, 2015
    Very strong drinks!👍🏻
  • Shawn T.
    Shawn ThorntonMarch 4, 2016
    Cool place. Very dark but lively nonetheless.
  • Edgar M.
    Edgar MuentesMay 6, 2016
    Sneaky hidden door... that's how you know it's a legit speakeasy ;-)
  • Alvin B.
    Alvin Black IIIMay 3, 2012
    fantastic dark n' stormys (rum+ginger beer) here!
  • Tavonna M.
    Tavonna MillerJanuary 19, 2015
    They had pretty great drinks and a jazz trio!
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniJanuary 17, 2015
    Arguably the best old fashioned in NYC.
  • Benta B.
    Benta BentaNovember 13, 2010
    dark and stormy, old fashioned, yumyum :) plus they are kind to neighborhood peeps...i like! :)
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaFebruary 28, 2015
    Get the African Flower. Its a citrus-y bourbon drink
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneAugust 1, 2010
    Don't ask for a specific drink, tell the bartender how you feel and let him surprise you.
  • Rich D.
    Rich DanielJune 10, 2015
    Killer cocktails, live jazz.
  • Daniel
    DanielJune 7, 2013
    Carpano Antica in the manhattans and friendly bartenders : )
  • Chris F.
    Chris FaileMarch 10, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Lillian L.
    Lillian LinApril 14, 2013
    Get the complimentary nuts and pretzels!
  • Emmanual
    EmmanualJanuary 8, 2013
    Go on a Sunday night to avoid the crowd
  • Shinal
    ShinalAugust 24, 2014
    If you need a warm drink on a cold night. Or for that cold. Come here.
  • Kwame T.
    Kwame Taylor-HayfordAugust 25, 2015
    try the penicilin
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfMay 23, 2013
    It's hot outside? Try a Rye Fizz. Refreshing and D-lish!
  • rachel h.
    rachel hawaJuly 31, 2011
    you can't go wrong with the bartender's choice.
  • Bradford C.
    Bradford Campeau-LaurionJanuary 20, 2012
    The toilet seat handle in the men's room is as innovative as the cocktails.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MooreOctober 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Friday or Saturday night? You'll be here a while.
  • Rainbow L.
    Rainbow LAAugust 21, 2015
    Rip Sasha Petraske so sorry to hear about your passing. You are the only true mixology steward. You were never a bro, a doosh with a beard and tattoos! Rip
  • Korneel B.
    Korneel BoumanApril 23, 2011
    Get an expat. Bourbon, lime and mint; it's delicious.
  • Akshay P.
    Akshay PatilMarch 15, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Come ~8 on a Wednesday and nab a booth. Order at least one Bartender's Choice, but you can't go wrong with a Dark & Stormy or a Bee's Kiss
  • tanya b.
    tanya brownJune 23, 2010
    A thirteen dollar cocktail that is worth every penny. Forget the menu - have the mixologist cater something to your specific taste buds.
  • Prasid P.
    Prasid PathakDecember 20, 2016
    Line on weekends. But feels like a real speakeasy
  • kate spade new york
    kate spade new yorkOctober 12, 2010
    a little off the beaten path--a great spot for an old fashioned and some jazz.
  • John L.
    John LacyMay 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best bars in the city
  • Ronak D.
    Ronak DayaAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best old fashion in NY!
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IApril 23, 2016
    Be warned: cash only.
  • Can K.
    Can KeskinOctober 31, 2014
    Some of the best cocktails in town
  • harryh
    harryhMarch 8, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Old Fashioned in NYC. Comes mixed perfectly with a single giant ice cube. Best enjoyed with 3 of your closest friends.
  • James J.
    James JDecember 23, 2014
    Read the rules of the bar (posted in the bathrooms). Enjoy the Jazz.
  • Ash F.
    Ash FontanaSeptember 17, 2011
    Great cocktails and sometimes Jazz.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KozielMay 24, 2013
    Cash only kids so hit the ATM before you arrive.
  • Ari G.
    Ari GreenbergJune 6, 2010
    Buy their metal straws and bring a little Petraske magic home to your own cocktails.
  • Jon Z.
    Jon ZazoveMarch 30, 2012
    ask for the bartender's choice
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren McLaughlinNovember 24, 2010
    Ask for a drink with cucumber, so delicious!
  • Graham L.
    Graham LindnerJanuary 6, 2016
    Live jazz Sunday-Thursday.
  • Razorfish
    RazorfishSeptember 20, 2011
    Good drinks, acceptable crowd-control measures in tiny intimate hole.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SinsheimerApril 3, 2016
    If you like only being able to pay in cash, not being able to see the menu without your phones flashlight, and poor service this place is for you. If you're not a pretentious douche look elsewhere.
  • rahmat w.
    rahmat wirawanNovember 18, 2010
    Go to Little Branch and order the Sazerac. Then order another. Be wary of the third.
  • Alexia
    AlexiaAugust 11, 2013
    Delicious coctels, in a hide place
  • Léna Le Rolland
    Léna Le RollandAugust 30, 2013
    Cocktails are amazing
  • Sam K.
    Sam KrasnikJanuary 31, 2016
    Bespoke cocktails, get creative!
  • Ketaki K.
    Ketaki KApril 29, 2017
    Cocktails, ambience
  • Graziano T.
    Graziano TruszkowskiMarch 27, 2011
    Amazing place, make sure you dress classy!
  • Dimitri F.
    Dimitri FischlerAugust 13, 2011
    Dark & Stormy, great cocktail. Read more
  • Maggie
    MaggieAugust 17, 2011
    Live music, bespoke cocktails... yummmm
  • Megan D.
    Megan DennistonSeptember 1, 2013
    Bartenders choice... The only choice.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MauerAugust 11, 2011
    Are you kidding me?!? I love this place!!!
  • Dave C.
    Dave CJanuary 28, 2015
    Bartender's choice is a safe bet
  • Brittany
    BrittanyAugust 9, 2014
    Excellent drinks!!
  • Elo
    EloSeptember 29, 2013
    The bouncer might be having a bad night but he was a racist prick tonight / he let the 'white' folks in - what a jerk
  • Jasmine L.
    Jasmine LawsonMay 7, 2012
    The drinks here are AMAZING!
  • Lizzy B.
    Lizzy BenbowJanuary 27, 2010
    ignore the stuffy judgmental waiter at the front. the others are much nicer and the drinks are special enough to keep you there all night.
  • Aly H.
    Aly H.October 25, 2014
    Try the Palmetto!
  • Prateek R.
    Prateek RungtaFebruary 2, 2017
    The bartenders know their sht
  • Dillon K.
    Dillon KellyMay 6, 2013
    The bartender is an artist. Yeah a fucking artist....
  • David W H.
    David W HoggJanuary 26, 2013
    the URL for this place is NOT the parked URL in the foursquare listing
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerFebruary 1, 2015
    Cash only!
  • Trac N.
    Trac NguyenDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Want something eggnog-y? Black Strap East New York Flip
  • Victor H.
    Victor HolguinFebruary 21, 2010
    A little pricey but watching them make a drink is MAGIC!
  • Millie w.
    Millie wuMarch 31, 2012
    Love the African flower!
  • Noah S.
    Noah SingerSeptember 7, 2011
    all around good cocktail place.
  • Ariez D.
    Ariez DustoorAugust 8, 2014
  • Eli S.
    Eli ShowalterJune 5, 2015
    Thursday night jazz made the night.
  • Candice D.
    Candice DSouzaJuly 1, 2016
    Do the bartenders choice!
  • Peter G.
    Peter GalloMay 4, 2010
    A negroni with an absinthe rinse is also called a Quill.
  • Pooja S.
    Pooja ShahDecember 18, 2014
    Loved this spot!
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KronovetFebruary 18, 2016
    Bartender's choice always.
  • Laurence R.
    Laurence RidgwellJune 3, 2015
    Absinthe is cool but expensive
  • Yuval N.
    Yuval NachmanAugust 17, 2014
    Good for drinks (Daniel E)
  • James W.
    James Wooten IIIApril 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Where cocktails are made with precision.
  • Alexandra F.
    Alexandra FrielJuly 13, 2013
    Cash only :)
  • Brena S.
    Brena SenaAugust 24, 2014
    hot buttered rum.
  • Sydney C.
    Sydney CamposFebruary 28, 2013
    Cash only!
  • Claudio
    ClaudioNovember 24, 2012
    Here it go
  • Caitlin N.
    Its hot even in the dungeon bar. Capacity probs so you have to wait.
  • Tiffany P.
    Tiffany PangNovember 2, 2015
    Live jazz !
  • jake f.
    jake furstApril 27, 2011
    Still dreaming of that Old Fashioned. Mmmmm.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeVitoJune 12, 2013
    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.
  • Alberu
    AlberuDecember 13, 2011
    Old Fashioned!!
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickMarch 14, 2016
    Fun speakeasy
  • Rick V.
    Rick ValenzuelaApril 15, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to order the Mint Julep and don't give into temptation and steal the metal Slurpee-like straw
  • Kellan E.
    Kellan EAugust 16, 2011
    Get the American Trilogy.
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren Rubin TileyAugust 9, 2009
    chat up bartender Cervantes, and order a drink with fresh Ginger beer!
  • bill s.
    bill sFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try a Gordon's Breakfast.
  • Trevor
    TrevorMarch 29, 2010
    Try the queens park swizzle!!! Amazing!
  • Sam R.
    Sam RosenbergMay 4, 2012
    More hot sauce.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa J.March 27, 2016
    Houston St
  • James B.
    James BSeptember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Fall is here, order a 'Grandfather'.
  • Bryce B.
    Bryce BeckwithJune 1, 2017
    Place sucks if you're looking to be treated like a proper costumer.
  • Chad S.
    Chad SeegerFebruary 4, 2010
    Best sazerac outside of New Orleans
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanMay 7, 2011
    Try the alcohol
  • Michiko B.
    Michiko BSeptember 21, 2009
    get am East Side cocktail. light and refreshing
  • Ad@m H.
    Ad@m He@lyFebruary 20, 2010
    Get a diamondback & get carried up the stairs.
  • Devin M.
    Devin McNultyMarch 3, 2010
    best old fashioned in NY
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn CoughlinJuly 14, 2010
    Cash only!
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohDecember 18, 2010
  • Charles D.
    Charles DanMarch 16, 2009
    Go to Little Branch and order the Sazerac. Then order another. Be wary of the third.
  • Rick V.
    Rick ValenzuelaAugust 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Be cool, stay in school
  • Mathias J.
    Mathias JakobsenOctober 14, 2009
    enjoy their fucking awesome ice cubes...
  • Johnny W.
    Johnny WonJuly 11, 2013
    Rude and unfriendly service. Nonsensical rules for the sake of appearances. What's the point
  • - -.
    - -November 15, 2009
    order a cucumber fix
  • Edwin S.
    Edwin SchoonbroodJanuary 28, 2017
    Pathetic trashy place. Avoid at all cost
  • Marilena Niovie S.
    Marilena Niovie StavridesFebruary 21, 2010
    Avoid at all costs. Average, unimaginative cocktails and staff with an attitude. In all bad ways.
  • Maxine F.
    Maxine FriedmanJanuary 3, 2010
    Dark and Stormy
  • Tim B.
    Tim BetaMarch 9, 2015
    o choop eh uma delicia
  • Claudio
    ClaudioNovember 24, 2012
    Fate fare al bartender
  • Márcio Guilhermy (.
    bom lugar "
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando ClaroJuly 3, 2011
    Feo, oscuro, aburridisimo . Solo para calzar . Todo a 13 dollars
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