The Summit Bar

The Summit Bar

Cocktail Bar and Lounge$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • Mike W.
    "Get a John Lee Hooker, it's smoky, it's sweet, you're gonna love it."(18 Tips)
    İpek A.
    "One of the best cocktail bar in Alphabet City."(5 Tips)
    Nina Y.
    "Try the 'Off to the Races' or 'Say Hello to my Little Friend.'"(5 Tips)
    Abner A.
    "Great old fashioned - really cool vibe."(10 Tips)
202 Tips and reviews
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  • Shanna N.
    Shanna Nevelz2 weeks ago
    Happy hour until 8pm! French 75 cocktail is lovely 🥂
  • Ish R.
    Ish RaiJuly 25
    Amazing bartender that could make anything. Don't know his name but he's in the background of this picture. He made amazing virgin lemonade and great old fashioned for my husband. Great banter too!
  • Sonja
    SonjaJune 28
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour!
  • Matthew F.
    Get the Old Fashioned. Outstanding!
  • Bradley K.
    Bradley KayFebruary 19
    Tiny backyard space worth checking on (it's often forgotten). John Lee Hooker drink is excellent. Gets crowded at top times.
  • Giulia M.
    Giulia MercuriNovember 19, 2016
    Great happy hour deals on creative cocktails, definitely will be back!
  • Lady S.
    Lady SmileSeptember 6, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Really chill place. Great bartenders. The Gov'ner is my favorite. This is coming from a straight whiskey loving gal. 😂😂😅
  • İpek A.
    İpek A.July 27, 2016
    One of the best cocktail bar in Alphabet City.
  • CCnyc
    CCnycJuly 1, 2016
    Craft cocktails
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SpitzerMay 27, 2016
    Back outdoor covered patio, really good cheap interesting cocktails. HH 5-9 M-F, 4-7:30 S-S.
  • Burcu A.
    Burcu AkilMay 10, 2016
    Very good sliders
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelFebruary 3, 2016
    Best bet is sticking to the classic cocktails. Rob Roy and Manhattan were both well made.
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanDecember 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    It can get a little rowdy here on weekends but cocktails are all solid. Trivia: Charmaine's Star is named after the mixologist's favorite adult actress.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LoDecember 23, 2015
    small bar; top-notch whiskey cocktails.
  • Jimmy G.
    Jimmy GuptaDecember 10, 2015
    Happy hour cocktails are amazing & dangerous. We had about 4 each & that was our evening lol
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacNovember 7, 2015
    Charmane's Star + backdoor patio = a perfect fall evening
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WiebeOctober 21, 2015
    Beautiful bar, good cocktails. Come here if the Wayland across the street is too crowded.
  • Florence N.
    Florence NguyenOctober 2, 2015
    Great happy hour
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RenaudAugust 30, 2015
    Oyster happy hour, great drinks, and an outdoor area out back. You can actually hear the people next to you on the early side, but at midnight on a Saturday night, expect to be crammed in.
  • Cillian S.
    Cillian SharkeyAugust 24, 2015
    The odds were good, but the goods were odd: some house cocktails are pre-mixed. Tasty enough, but the competition nearby rules out a repeat visit.
  • st
    stAugust 21, 2015
    the governor!!!! cardamom yuzu excellence
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaAugust 7, 2015
    Charmaine's star is fantastic
  • Michael F.
    Great drinks, try John hooker for sure. Sliders are excellent, both pulled pork and buffalo chicken, shrimp not so much
  • Amruta B.
    Amruta BugeJuly 31, 2015
    Get dat Dark and Stormy ⚡️
  • Breeze S.
    Breeze SkrrtJuly 23, 2015
    Pretty standard in my opinion. A great nightcap but nothing to write home about.
  • Sonia G.
    Sonia GrobmanJuly 21, 2015
    Great salmon burgers!
  • Abner A.
    Abner AcevesJune 1, 2015
    Great old fashioned - really cool vibe. Can get packed.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMay 22, 2015
    Come here on a week night for cocktails. So overcrowded on weekends.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMay 22, 2015
    Best cocktails in Alphabet City
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MazzaMay 12, 2015
    Impressive happy hour deals.
  • Masha I.
    Masha IovevaMay 6, 2015
    Charmane's Star (Russian Standard Vodka, Cucumber, Shiso Leaf, Fresh Lime, Vietnamese Cinnamon Infused Agave, Rhubarb Bitters) Gov’nor (yuzu, orange juice and cardamom-infused agave syrup)
  • Christen C.
    Great cocktails. Happy hour til 7 on Saturday. Half priced cocktails. Do it.
  • Ben
    BenFebruary 7, 2015
    Great cocktails and small bites. Gets crowded quickly on Fridays.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJanuary 28, 2015
    Casual and quiet during the week. I imagine it's packed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so stop by another day. The happy hour is 5:30 - 7:30 and offers half-price oysters and half-price cocktails.
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanJanuary 18, 2015
    Seriously awesome specialty cocktails. The Guv'nor, Governess, and John Lee hooker are all terrific.
  • Zeb D.
    Zeb DropkinJanuary 5, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Oyster and cocktail happy hour 5:30-7:30 every day
  • Peter W.
    Peter WuJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite cocktail bar in Alphabet City! Great drinks and check out the backyard!
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornJanuary 3, 2015
    A little out of the way, but youll forget the walk after their amazing cocktails, ambiance, and service.
  • Mike M.
    Mike McBryanDecember 11, 2014
    Worth the trip to Avenue C. Try and grab the table in the back if you are with a group. Drink the John Lee Hooker.
  • Joy
    JoyDecember 8, 2014
    Oh man, love this place, the Last Cocktail... #heaven
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarNovember 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great cocktail spot on Ave. C. Popular for dates. Just get the John Lee Hooker and prepare to ask yourself why it's so delicious.
  • Ronak D.
    Ronak DayaNovember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Alphabet City gem. Good cocktails.Old fashioneds till 4am?! Sold.
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenNovember 16, 2014
    Good cocktails. Pretty crowded scene
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanOctober 23, 2014
    Great cocktails, lively atmosphere, customers in late 20s early 30s, which is rare for neighborhood. Gets crowded early.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BrownsteinOctober 17, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    House cocktails
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerSeptember 26, 2014
    Fantastic cocktails in an unpretentious environment.
  • andy d.
    andy dongSeptember 23, 2014
    cocktail is great
  • Alex B.
    Alex BuckleySeptember 6, 2014
    Their non-advertised, strictly WOM brunch, dawg. Do it!
  • James J.
    James JSeptember 4, 2014
    Solid place but I prefer The Wayland across the street.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CasariegoAugust 25, 2014
    Great cocktails, reasonable prices and quick service
  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 18, 2014
    The Old Fashioned is legit, but man can this place get crowded.
  • Vic C.
    Vic C.August 11, 2014
    Very cool cocktail joint with chic atmosphere
  • Tom🐳 L.
    Tom🐳 LimongelloAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the John Lee Hooker. (Peat monster scotch, Summit Orange & Sasparilla Bitters, Fresh Lemon Juice, Topped with Hop Stoopid Beer)
    CITY GRITAugust 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    We like the spicy margarita which is the perfect way to wash down a pickleback. Cash only and avoid it like the plague on weekends. It is too packed to think.
    CITY GRITAugust 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Hello Gov’ner! In other words, start with Gov’ner. Followed by Charmane’s Star. Followed by the Ground to Glass. Followed by the largest slice of pizza you can get your hands on. 1 of our fav spots!
    CITY GRITAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Hello Gov’ner! Or in other words, start with the Gov’ner. Followed by Charmane’s Star. Followed by the Ground to Glass. Followed by the largest slice of pizza you can get your hands on.
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RichmondJuly 5, 2014
    Gingerita is fucking awesome
  • Dens
    DensJune 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Cocktails here are delicious but loaded with sugar = one too many and it's a one-way ticket to an epic hangover.
  • Vishal G.
    Vishal GuptaJune 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Guv'nor.
  • Allison N.
    Allison NiksichJune 20, 2014
    You absolutely must try the John Lee Hooker - AMAZING!@
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMay 25, 2014
    The staff at this bar went above and beyond to make my birthday special! Everyone had a great time and the drinks are creative and unbelievable! Thank you!
  • Henali
    HenaliApril 14, 2014
    such a cute little place with lots of bar seats! Loved the ambiance and chill vibe here, but dont recommend it for big groups
  • Camilla C.
    Camilla CFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    the Guv'nor all the way
  • Duygu Y.
    Duygu YetginFebruary 8, 2014
    Not easy to find any place on Fridays.. but the cocktails are so delicious. .be right back soon
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouJanuary 12, 2014
    Margarita was highlighted on TimeOut New York
  • Neha K.
    Neha KulkarniJanuary 4, 2014
    One of my favorite cocktail bars in NYC -- you must get the Governess, Charmane's Star or Breaking the Law. Also if you ever want to host a private party just ask the bartenders about the back patio
  • Daniela A.
    Daniela AsaroNovember 18, 2013
    Yes the Gov'nor is amazing but if you're looking for something with a little more kick - try the Breaking The Law. Delicious.
  • Jin J.
    Jin JunNovember 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best bartenders ever!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.November 2, 2013
    Charmane's Star in the back greenhouse. Make a wish.
  • Ming-Samurai L.
    Ming-Samurai LaiOctober 18, 2013
    Fucking awesome music. Thursday 16th 2013.
  • Francis U.
    Francis UdlerSeptember 9, 2013
    Drinks are delicious. I enjoyed the two vodka options.
  • Parvez L.
    Parvez LakhaSeptember 2, 2013
    They have Habiki in stock, don't pass up the opportunity to have a glass, or two...
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºAugust 25, 2013
    Drinks are sick! Love! Sat nights are a little douchey tho. I'd comeback at an earlier time or other day of the week.
  • Cesar R.
    Cesar RazuriAugust 17, 2013
    Drinks are hands down amazing, but the staff are top notch (Demetrius and Pete). Try the John Lee Hooker or The Guv'nor, which is really fun to say.
  • Crystal Z.
    Crystal ZhengJuly 20, 2013
    Born and raised is my favorite drink here.
  • Josh S.
    Josh SchurJuly 5, 2013
    Some excellent, creative drinks selections here...a nice little hidden gem in EV! Of course there is nowhere in NYC that makes drinks as tasty as they do at Harding's in Flatiron though! #checkthemout
  • Greg W.
    Greg WyrickJune 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Erika is amazing. Tell her you want a 'darb,' and thank me later.
  • Stella S.
    Stella SilversteinJune 16, 2013
    Try the Governess!
  • Edmund
    EdmundMay 27, 2013
    Worst DJ on planet
  • Candace C.
    Candace ChangApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Im a fan of the music, its a chill spot, and the Charmaine's Star cocktail is amazing if you like cucumber. Solid spot with friends but it definitely gets crowded so get there early!
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WoffordApril 20, 2013
    Cool bar but to not accept your 1st time check special cause it's Friday is not so cool.
  • Mariela O.
    Mariela OchoaApril 15, 2013
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BoltonApril 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Charlemagne's Star!
  • Alex F.
    Alex FarrillApril 4, 2013
    John lee hooker mf!
  • Uber NYC
    Uber NYCMarch 28, 2013
    The Guv'nor! Inventive cocktails at this spot on Avenue C. The back area is also a good spot for a group.
  • Franchesca G.
    Franchesca GayadanMarch 21, 2013
    They have an iPhone 5 charger behind the bar, and they will happily charge you phone for you!
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonMarch 20, 2013
    Best bartenders. The Apology and The Governor are unmatched.
  • Red F.
    Red FabbriMarch 12, 2013
    I'm not into cocktails like WillMcD, but it's still a great bar. Can get crowded, but the right mix of fun and class.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SolomonMarch 3, 2013
    Somewhat shockingly busy on Saturday nights
  • Amber H.
    Amber HarperFebruary 23, 2013
    Bartender says he works here because The John Lee Hooker is that good.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 6, 2013
    In addition to their classics, check out their rotating list of seasonal cocktails
  • Aaron
    AaronFebruary 3, 2013
    i'd rather chew shards of glass than come back to this overcrowded douche magnet
  • Suri R.
    Suri RJanuary 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The Guv'nor -- my all time favorite cocktail.
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NguyenJanuary 11, 2013
    Great Japanese whiskey and quiet enough for conversation .
  • Meghan Kathleen
    Meghan KathleenJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Guv'nor and swap the scotch for bourbon for a smoother, equally delicious drink.
  • Talia F.
    Talia FisherJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Charmane's star is an awesome drink
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TomaykoDecember 30, 2012
    If there's reserved seating in the back just creep on that shit and act like you know.
  • Neil S.
    Neil SarkarNovember 30, 2012
    Ground to Glass.
  • sammy m.
    sammy moeOctober 13, 2012
    Any place that uses vinyl records in an A+ in my book. Great music, awesome vibes.
  • Natasha D.
    Natasha DykesOctober 7, 2012
    Service is kind of crappy... Bartenders play favorites and try to save seats for their friends. bullshit.
  • Márcio Guilhermy (.
    muito bom !"
  • Leyla Nur L.
    Leyla Nur LekesizFebruary 8, 2014
    Kendilerine has kokteylleri var, hepsinden deneyin derim ama charmane's stari tavsiye ederim ;)
  • my_staff
    my_staffOctober 20, 2013
    Попробовал все 8 коктейлей - самые 3,14тые на основе водки Русский Стандарт✌️✌️✌️
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