Mother's Ruin

Mother's Ruin

Cocktail Bar, Bar, and Gastropub$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissFebruary 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Sneaky great brunch with boozy cocktails to waste away a weekend day with. Breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, cheese, and roast tomato on a croissant. Sausage gravy egg and biscuits. Coma.
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestAugust 16, 2016
    A low-key Nolita spot serving up everyday brunch (yes, every day) and inventive cocktail creations in slushie form. Pair those waffles and wings with tequila and a sweet chili molasses slush. Yum. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 19, 2013
    Here the menu changes frequently, bespoke requests are encouraged, and the operation, run by T.J. Lynch and Richard Knapp, is kept down to earth with frozen drinks and cocktails by the pitcher.
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YuJuly 17, 2016
    This bar has some great edibles — however I'd be content just having the Tecates dressed (like, hot sauce & salt) and waffle fries (chipotle ketchup & chopped onion creme fraiche dip).
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownJune 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the dressed tecate, lime juice, salt, and hot sauce, on the top of a can of tecate! There you go, you got a drive through liquor store version of a michelada.
  • Precious C.
    Precious CoxDecember 8, 2016
    Treat the barkeeps good and they show it in awesome delicious drinks in return. The turn up is always real from open to close so any time is a awesome time. Ask them to make you something sexy!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableNovember 7, 2014
    After you've downed one too many boozy slushies, it's nice to know this cozy but stylish bar has some everyday edibles. Get the spicy fried chickpeas ($5), or the cayenne and salt, duck wings ($12). Read more
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListAugust 14, 2012
    Low-key cocktail bar adds a welcome neighborhood feel.The menu changes frequently, bespoke requests are encouraged. The drink menu is kept down to earth with frozen drinks and cocktails by the pitcher Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 9, 2013
    If you're looking for a great, low-key cocktail bar, this is your spot. Come during the summer & order whatever is in the slushie machine. The food is not to be missed either - get the grilled cheese!
  • Dan D.
    Dan DickinsonDecember 11, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Whatever is in the slushy machine is always a solid bet, but my ordering strategy - order whichever drink name makes you laugh the most - has never lead me astray.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelJune 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite bar right now. The decor, music, atmosphere, munchies -- all rad. Tell the bartender what your preferred liquor is, and the mood you're in. S/he will make you a delicious cocktail. Trust.
  • @thirsty
    @thirstyJuly 8, 2016
    Not only does Mother's Ruin now serve all day brunch, they have a rotating selection of potent frozen slushy cocktails on draft, one reason this spot is a favorite of bartenders all around the city.
  • ConnecTheWorld
    ConnecTheWorldJuly 28, 2014
    The good thing about Mothers Ruin a part of the amazing food, is the friendly athmosphere and the casual awesomeness. You will feel at home. Find the other Top Hidden Bars in NYC, click the link. Read more
  • Giovanni D.
    Giovanni D'PalmaOctober 8, 2016
    Great cocktail spot with fun, tasty drinks and a good selection of food. The atmosphere is perfect for meeting friends or a casual date
  • Andrea H.
    Andrea HongNovember 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    French onion soup grilled cheese, holy crap. Get the slushies or ask the bartender to make you something with tequila - it will be awesome / you'll stumble out happy.
  • Branzino B.
    Branzino BandiniJune 13, 2012
    A peaceful haven from Soho’s shopping-bag-toting hordes, this light-filled Nolita bar feels especially welcoming during daylight hours, when it’s scarcely populated and offers a neighborhood vibe.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the fried chickpeas, tossed with a savory mix of salt, cayenne pepper and pungent garam masala. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This bar is great, and it's the only good option in this part of town. Very good cocktails and very good food (get the French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese)
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney R.October 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I've ever had. Gruyere, carmelized onions, smothered with more cheese ON TOP and served with au jus. NOM NOM NOM.
  • Andrew
    AndrewApril 27, 2016
    You'll be lucky to grab a decent table here because it's so good! Wide range of drinks, good crowd and a lovely place to hang out with your mates.
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 15, 2014
    A popular lounge with great vibes. We love stopping in with friends for happy hour to enjoy delicious signature cocktails. The grilled cheese is a must!
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Quite possibly had the best old fashioned in NY here. Out of the.countless spots, these guys get it right. Expertly crafted and personable service. Love this joint.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChiuMarch 27, 2015
    Slushy machine. Do it. I had something that was sweet and slightly spicy. A spicy slushy! Life changing!!
  • PUNCH
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    Cheap beer, strong whiskey and a consoling ear can all be found here. But Mother’s Ruin also flies under the radar as one of the most inventive cocktail bars in the city. Read more
  • Michael C.
    Michael CristeApril 12, 2015
    Great bar, has a good mix of people. Can get a little crowded and loud in the front but the back is usually better. Also try a Blood Stream just for fun.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacApril 29, 2016
    The fried chicken sandwich with seasoned waffle fries were perfectly done, and at $13, reasonably priced (especially considering I paid the same for a cocktail).
  • Sonny B.
    Sonny ByrdOctober 27, 2013
    Super fun and delicious place for brunch and probably any other time. Amazing fried chicken, grilled cheese, and breakfast sandwich. Friendly staff.
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FormicaJanuary 29, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Here in the morn?.. BLOODY MARY. Here in the summer?.. Anything frozen. Here in the winter? Hot toddy..
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 20, 2016
    I know, I know, I know, this is a cocktail bar. But the tap list isn't too shabby either. If beer (or wine!) is your thing, try something on draft.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't let the witty cocktail names fool you, or the magnetic letters on the slushy machine. These bartenders take mixology seriously and the results speak for themselves
  • Garrison P.
    Garrison PriceMay 30, 2016
    Awesome scene for singles. Great bartenders. Always have the frozen house cocktail. Always... and waffle fries. You didn't expect such delicious food.
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"September 5, 2014
    Nice bar - rustic feeling and great bartenders. Try their hand crafted drinks, although they have some great beers on tap as well.
  • Natalia A.
    Natalia AsidoSeptember 12, 2016
    Popular bar right now. The decor, music, atmosphere, munchies -- all rad. Tell the bartenders what your desired liquor is, and the mood you're in.
  • Serena
    SerenaJanuary 27, 2013
    possibly my new fave bar bar. nails the sweet spot in between too crowded and too quiet. plus they have slushies and make a damn solid old fashioned.
  • India K.
    India KMay 13, 2015
    So cute, and perfect on a nice day. Sunday evening it's not too crowded and they have a great happy hour. Try the slushie.
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DavisMarch 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mothers Triple Decker Club with pecan smoked trout is to die for. And get the fried chickpeas!! Great vibe here too!
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurMay 24, 2015
    Veggie burger with waffle fries is amazing. Get a vodka cocktail and sit outside—it gets loud and packed in there real quick.
  • Elvis R.
    Elvis RodricksFebruary 23, 2015
    Came here on sunday and they had a guitarist playing. The waffle and chicken were great! Small portion though for a southern delight.
  • Alexandra D.
    Alexandra DoucetteApril 30, 2015
    Industry bar. Dope spot with delicious food and cocktails. They change up their specialty cocktails often. Frozen drink machine!
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyAugust 13, 2015
    Vibrant atmosphere. Drinks are a little less expensive (~$12) than some surrounding bars and way stronger. Good for drinking when you're on a mission. Food menu looked good but didn't try
  • Public House W.
    Public House WineAugust 26, 2014
    Awesome singles bar on the weekends, and a great date spot Su-Wed. Drinks range from sweet to strong but they're all delicious.
  • Rachel H.
    Rachel HarrisonJanuary 2, 2013
    I love this place. Be careful tho. The bartenders are all so nice you end up staying later than you planned... And often end up legless.
  • Irma Z.
    Irma ZandlOctober 31, 2014
    Excellent cocktails.loved the southside with gin and cucumber. Get here early, later it gets way too crowded and LOUD.
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BendjouiaJanuary 14, 2015
    Good ambiance, not too loud. Drinks are casual but tasty, do the job. The hot toddy was pretty good. The fried chickpeas were a plus too.
  • Victoria N.
    Good date spot with good drinks. Not the best for large groups but perfect to catch up with an old friend. A staple in the SoHo area.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansOctober 12, 2015
    Cozy atmosphere that does get a little loud at night. They do a watermelon and fennel cocktail that really packs a punch.
  • Robert S.
    Robert StevensonAugust 27, 2014
    The bartender is a good guy, ask him if he's finished reading Hyperion. The cocktails are well executed, I liked the freewheeling hamster.
  • Allison H.
    Allison HeimMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get whatever concoction is swirling in the slushie machine. Yes, I know a slushie machine in a bar is highly suspect but believe you me, this ain't no cherry + coke 7/11 bullshit.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KDecember 2, 2012
    Cool place & atmosphere, try one of daily slushies. If u don't mind smell if pork fat, stat longer than one drink
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    Noah @Noah_Xifr XifrDecember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask fot the hot toddy if it is off menu. It includes homemade grated ginger beer and is awesome.
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