Orient Express Cocktail Bar
Neighborhood: West Village
Venue: Cocktail Bar
Atmosphere: Low-lit, Swanky
Crowd/Scene: Trendy, Professional
Foursquare Check-in: http://4sq.com/1wgeZTP
Rating: 4 Stars
Perhaps it is my newfound appreciation for cocktail bars, but I thought the Orient Express Cocktail Bar was amazing!
Tucked away in the midst of West Village, Orient Express seems like it doesn’t want you to find it. It isn’t near any other prominent eateries or bars that most people are aware of, and when I went there on a random Wednesday in the middle of the summer, there was only a group of 4 there, of which each person seemed to be a regular of the venue. From the looks of the place, there very well could have been a secret room that I didn’t know about where everyone was enjoying the bar even more, but from what I could see, it was one of the more desolate happy hours in New York City.
But that didn’t matter to me! This place is awesome, full of character, great service and most importantly, great drinks.
As for those great drinks, I tried 2 of them. The first one was the the Mata Hari. Made up of Bulleit Bourbon, Mineral Mezcal, lemon juice, agave and fresh ginger beer, the Mata Hari was absolutely wonderful. It was probably a little on the sweet side, but I personally have no problem with that. It tasted like like a margarita with a little more kick and a twinge of carbonation. I definitely would recommend it.
I couldn’t stat away from the Bourbon, so my second drink was the La Gare. That was made with Bulleit Bourbon, Orgreat Reduction, and rosemary infused Vermouth. This was definitely a lot less sweet than the Mata Hari, but it was still tasty, and lived up to the unique taste that you expect of any specialty drink. Because I’m not actually any kind of a liquor connoisseur, I don’t really know how to describe this particular drink other than to say it was delicious.
I had some food, but just a salad, so nothing special to write home about there. But this is a place you go for the drinks. And the best part is that you can go here and do it without the frills. Simply stroll over to Orient Express after work. No lines. No waiting. No idiots bumping into you at the bar, and yet you get everything you want out of a cocktail bar.