Love on the Rocks

Sip on artisanal cocktails with your Valentine at these cozy and romantic digs.

Photo by Gia Frese

Sure, Valentine’s Day is all about showing your love, but maybe flowers and extravagant dinners aren’t your bag. If you’re into keeping your V-Day celebration on the DL, get cozy in a secretive, tucked-away speakeasy. One of our favorites: Bathtub Gin, hidden behind Stone Street Coffee Company on Ninth Avenue. Order a Bathtub Tonic—gin made with juniper, cinnamon, almond, and alpine spice—and stay for the Wasabassco burlesque show at 10 p.m.

We’re also regulars at Attaboy on Eldridge Street, an intimate cocktails paradise where the bartender will mix you and your date custom drinks based on your preferences and mood.

Nonsuperstitious couples can sip on killer libations at Death & Co in the East Village. Its Kissy Suzuki, a vodka cocktail with mizu lemongrass sichu, maraschino, absinthe, and orange bitters, seems the appropriate order, calendar-wise.

If you like a side of live music with your alcohol, The Heath, a Prohibition era–themed speakeasy inside The McKittrick Hotel (not really a hotel, BTW), is hosting a special three-course, unlimited-bubbly Valentine’s Day dinner.

Finally, if it’s vino that gets your date feeling va-va-voom, try Grape and Grain. It’s not a speakeasy, but it’s a romantic, candlelit East Village spot. Snag a corner table and get drunk on love.