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Where to Have The Best Cocktails After a Museum Visit

Sit back and relax after an insightful museum visit at these convenient and chic cocktail bars near NYC’s greatest museums.

 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

After spiraling your way through the site specific, Frank Gerry-designed Central Park museum, head east to the Infirmary NYC (1720 Second Ave.). In this rustic outpost with iron chairs and brick walls, sip on New Orleans-influenced tipples, such as La Louisiane, crafted with rye, sweet Vermouth, anise-rinsed liquor, and bitters.

 

Lounge to live jazz with a cocktail in hand after a visit to NYC's encyclopedic museum. Photo// Don Riddle
Lounge to live jazz with a cocktail in hand after a visit to NYC’s encyclopedic museum. Photo// Don Riddle

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

There’s no better way to end a visit to one of NYC’s iconic institutions than sauntering over to one of the city’s equally classic cocktail and piano hangouts. Located inside the Carlyle Hotel, a gold leaf ceiling and Ludwig Bemelmans murals taking note from his classic book Madeline, gives Bemelmans Bar (35 E. 76th St.) a luxe and whimsical atmosphere.

Sip in the cityscape and ruminate on your MoMA visit at Bar SixtyFive. © Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room. © Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room. All Rights Reserved.
Sip in the cityscape and ruminate on your MoMA visit at Bar SixtyFive. © Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room. © Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room. All Rights Reserved.

Museum of Modern Art

Further gloss up your midtown museum experience, by finishing your MoMA visit with a zooming elevator ride up Rockefeller Center to Bar SixtyFive (30 Rockefeller Plaza). With a classic cocktail in hand you can ruminate over Edgar Degas prints (on view thru July 24) while looking out over the NYC cityscape on the surrounding sky decks.

 

Tom Sachs- Boombox Retrospective, 1999-2016 Installation Views (C) Johnathan Dorado

The Brooklyn Museum

After taking in Tom Sach’s show of transformed boom boxes (on view through August 14) at the Brooklyn Museum, dip into the equally hip, white-tiled Weather Up (589 Vanderbilt Ave.). In a warmly lit space and vine-y back garden, refreshing cocktails include La Nina (white rum, lime, vanilla, strawberry and ice).

 

Liz Craft "Spider Woman Purple Dress." PHOTO//the artist, Jenny’s, Los Angeles, ©Michael Underwood
Liz Craft “Spider Woman Purple Dress.” PHOTO//the artist, Jenny’s, Los Angeles, ©Michael Underwood

The Whitney Museum of American Art

View contemporary and modern takes on the cabinet of curiosity featuring artists including Elizabeth Jaeger (on view through Aug. 21) at the Whitney then head over to the Wallflower, a cocktail bar and French café. At this West Village outpost eclectic, travel-influenced cocktails include New York to Lima, made with pisco, vermouth, pineapple, cinnamon, lime, bitters, and cloves.

 

Post New Museum visit, take a refreshing respite at Mother's Ruin with chilly concoctions, including the OG slush.
Post New Museum visit, take a refreshing respite at Mother’s Ruin with chilly concoctions, including the OG slush.

The New Museum

After viewing contemporary art at this ship-adorned museum, make your way over to the Mother’s Ruin (18 Spring St.), where booze-y slushies and gin drinks are a plenty at this cozy Nolita haunt.

 

MoMA PS1

Pair provocative examples of contemporary art with craft cocktails referencing prohibition-era New York topped with pick-axe-shaved ice at Dutch Kills (27-24 Jackson Ave.). After Rodney William’s show of abstracted landscapes crafted out of bedsheets and hardware (on view through Aug. 26), sip on such icy concoctions as the Angel Face, made with gin and apple and apricot liqueurs.