Come one come all, cocktail snobs — Blacktail at Pier A in the Financial District has your perfect drink in its decadent, hardcover book of a menu.
Despite all requests, @rolin_knives refuses to join our cloning program, and so we did the next best thing. Called @buda.photography. Greg is director of education at BlackTail and @deadrabbitnyc, and also runs his own high-end photography business. He took a sequence of twelve shots of Nick preparing a cocktail from start to finish, then compiled them into this single image. Wow. Eight Nick Rollins. Just imagine the possibilities. On second thoughts…
Tucked away on the second floor of the Harbor House at 22 Battery Place, this retro-themed cocktail lounge offers an extensive list of creative drinks and an honest atmosphere that takes patrons back to Cuban during the American Prohibition.
On a Thursday evening around 11 p.m., the live band was finishing up a set of jazz from the roaring twenties. Ladies behind the bar had their hair wrapped up in pretty scarves, men sported fedoras and short-sleeved button-ups. The walls were covered inch by inch with fabulous paintings, colorful and vivacious war art and prohibition-style wall decor.
I was handed a hardcover book, the cocktail menu, made up of five styles of drinks. Each chapter described the presentation and flavor of a collection of drinks, each with its own unique character. I opted for the Whizz Kid, $16, under the Old Fashioned category. Maggie meticulously measured the ingredients (bourbon, cognac, cachaca, amaro, vanilla and cherry bitters) and gently stirred them in the mixer. This was the perfect cocktail.
Have you got your ticket yet? Well, don’t wait. The 10th annual Repeal Day Ball is taking place in DC on the 9th of December, and BlackTail will be there, bringing a little lush life sunshine to wintry Washington. The Ball celebrates the end of Prohibition 84 years ago – in style, with great music and drinks made by some of the best in the business. @jessejvida will be there, along with @williampasternak, @magseckl and @christyspinella with a special BlackTail pop-up for the evening. It’s always a great event, but if you can’t make it to DC, well, NYC is always here for you. Link in bio.
I decided to be festive and try the Baccarat, a $16, holiday-esque combo of brandy, applejack, Jamaican rum, curaçao, port, banana, Guinness syrup, egg and nutmeg. Just as sweet and warming as expected, this cocktail was a Christmas treat. I was instantly transported to a cozy fireplace, wrapped up in fleece blanket and listening to the sounds of jingle bells nearby.
Blacktail is a bar I definitely plan on revisiting, especially to impress some of my cocktail-loving friends. The possibilities are endless with the enormous variety of ingredients available, so if somehow you are able to try each and every of the fifty-something cocktails on the list, the bartenders can still whip you up something special.