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The Experimental Cocktail Club Lower East Side. Photo: Daniel Krieger nycfoodphotographer.com

The Experimental Cocktail Club Lower East Side. Photo: Evan Sung

The Experimental Cocktail Club Lower East Side. Photo: Evan Sung

Address 191 Chrystie Street; NY 10002
between Stanton and Rivington Street
Neighbourhood NoLita, Lower East Side | See on map
Metro 2 Av [F], Bowery [J], Broadway-Lafayette [B, D, F, M]
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Website http://www.experimentalcocktailclubny.com/
Price Free. Cocktails from USD 14
Hours Daily 18-04

It seems incroyable that the dons of cocktail creativity, Parisian collective ECC, took this long to hit New York. But the Frenchies have now finally arrived, setting up shop on the Lower East Side in typical speakeasy style, complete with vintage furnishings, stoked up fireplaces and snacks served from next door’s Fat Radish restaurant.

As for the tipples, it’s another stripped down (a dozen or so cocktails, no wine) yet perfectly pitched menu that you’ll find behind the bar (look out for the secret bar behind the one-way mirror too), with an impressive collection of hard-to-find liquors and aged alcohol standing sentry.

The imagination and innovation are there, with drinks like the Jack O’Lantern calling on butternut squash-infused rum and cinnamon bark syrup, whilst the L’Americain comes in a carbonated bottle of walnut and artichoke-infused fizz, and the Black Heart gets a Laphroaig rinse before lashings of Bittermen Boston Bittah are added.

The problem is, you might still be able to manage that alliteration, even after mastering the entire menu. Whilst the ingredients are complex, getting a buzz going on these pours isn’t easy and, at upwards of $14 a pop, doesn’t work out cheap. On the plus side, you can forget penniless hipsters butting up against the bar, and more room for you, and your big fat wallet, to settle in.