If it’s lit, you can step inside the exclusive hotel bar, Lantern’s Keep, for a cocktail. The bartenders pride themselves on their knowledge of time-tested mixing techniques, in keeping with the golden-age glamour of the decor. This is the place for contemporary takes on classics such as the Old Fashioned, or to invent a custom blend.
Bars across the world are tapping into peoples’ thirst for the theatrical with speakeasy concepts. But in New York, you can visit the real deal. The unassuming William Barnacle Tavern on St. Marks Place is one of the last remaining Prohibition-era bars in Manhattan, where you can still explore the liquor smugglers’ tunnels. Don’t be put off by the bar’s slightly less than polished appearance. Today it specialises in single malts and artisan absinthe served in true bohemian style – poured through a sugar cube caramelised over an open flame.