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Bathtub Gin

Bathtub Gin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bathtubginnyc.com
  • Phone: (646) 559-1671
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner Only:
    Sunday - Tuesday: 6:00pm - 2:00am
    Wednesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 4:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Mallol
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Entertainment
  • Catering: We offer a full range of original and classic cocktails; wines by the glass from France, Italy & America; a great artisan beer selection; as well as specialty cocktail made just for your event. Our tapas style menu is great for entertaining at your house or office. We can work from your kitchen or bring our own bar. Each event is specifically designed to your needs and space. Prices vary according to number of guests and our level of involvement.
  • Entertainment: DJ's every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 9pm-3am

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th & 19th Street
  • Public Transit: A, C, E train to West 23rd Street Station A, C, E train to West 14th Street Station
  • Parking: No
A word from Bathtub Gin
Gin was the predominant drink in the USA during the prohibition-era 1920's and many variations were created. "baththub gin" was developed in response to the poor-quality of alcohol that was available at the time; because the 18th amendment specifically prohibited the sale or manufacture of distilled alcohol, producers of gin were forced to use denatured alcohol. By mixing it with other flavorings, such as juniper berries, and allowing the mixture to steep in a tub for several hours or even days, the gin became more drinkable. Producers of "baththub gin" encouraged bartenders at hidden bars to create their own recipes for cocktails.

Still today, straight gin is not usually served on its own, since it tends to be extremely dry. Gin is often mixed with tonic water, vermouth or fruit juices to make it more palatable.
Upholding tradition, we mix our gin and other spirits with the finest and freshest fruits, juices, syrups and infusions in cocktails inspired by original recipes.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "The drinks and bartender are lovely. If you go early (right after work), no one is there and you can enjoy your drink and whatever else in peace -- otherwise the later it gets, the more pushy they will be trying to make you leave. This can be understandable in NY where there are endless lines... but the problem here is that they keep the entire place almost empty and still kick you out. The food isn't that great. The truffle fries were really the winner amongst the other mediocre items. I've now been here twice, and I'd rather have a beautiful drink somewhere else than deal with the hassle. The tippler is right around the corner afterall."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This was simply amazing...I live in Chicago and I need a tri to get back to this place!!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I am a cocktail lover and a gin lover. The drinks here are amazing with only too quality ingredients! Must try for anyone who loves cocktails in a cool setting!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Bathtub Gin is one of those special places one should visit at least once, certainly more if possible. The ambience is amazingly different, a throwback to a by-gone era. The staff is very attentive, food is exquisite, and the prices certainly reasonable for the fare they offer."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Amazing speakeasy vibe...old school. EXCELLENT staff. Get there."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Cocktails are diverse, complex and absolutely delicious. I had one of their whiskey specials and a champagne/brandy cocktail hilariously called the Carol Channing. The Carol Channing is my FAVORITE. The roasted chicken came on a small platter, but was cooked perfectly and served with flavorful mushrooms. The truffle aioli fries were so good I ordered 2! Ambience is very 20's boudoir and with period-appropriate music playing in the background. It was quite dark and candlelit of course, but, hey! It's a speakeasy! What BLEW me away was the service. We had two different servers (we had to move to a bigger table) and they were both incredibly attentive, charming, and had a wonderful sense of humor. New absolute favorite in New York."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "All I can say is go..... It's a must! Great vibe, flawless food, I have recommended to everyone I know"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Love this place on a Sunday night. Make resos at 8:00pm and enjoy Doc Wasabasco's finest burlesque! Also, excellent cocktails and sexy service!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Very cute & fun, right from opening up in back of the coffee shop. Service was very friendly and helpful, and the little tapas were quite nice. It might get expensive to try to fill up there, but for some nibbles and interesting cocktails it was great fun."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Had a great time with a group of friends at this hidden little gin joint. It's inside a coffee store beyond a big door manned by a guy who looks like a bouncer. Very cool, 1920s vibe and decor. The food was tasty, though portions on the small side. The cocktails were a bit disappointing; they seem to make them on the VERY sweet side. But after a few of us sent ours back (the servers were very accommodating with this), we finally hit the right mix."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We booked for a fun night out in a special weekend trip for number of 'big' birthdays. Bathtub Gin really lived up to the online information and we had a great night out in a fabulous atmosphere with good food and service. I would heartily recommend it. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Burlesque show on a Tuesday night, what more can you ask for? Great small platters as well as the whiskey menu. Definitely worth the visit and makes a perfect venue for friends visiting NYC. Overall a great experience, will be back again for sure."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We went to Bathtub Gin for our first time while in NYC for our anniversary. I knew it was well reviewed, but I was still not prepared for what a fantastic experience it would be. Get dressed up, and add some 1920s elements to your outfit, if you wish. This is a very popular, classy kind of place with luscious decor and decadent drinks and plates. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended here if you wish to sit, even on a Sunday night! "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Very nice place with an incredible cadre ! the waitress is very cool and the food is just incredible !"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Great Sunday night out - free Burlesque show with talented performers.. ambience was retro, fun and cheeky and a perfect NY experience for my guest from out of town. It is a very special space, perfect for a group of friends or a romantic night out. Cocktails were delicious and service super quick - no snooty moody staff to be seen on the door or inside which was a relief, considering many speakeasys specialise in in a glacial welcome! Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Haven't tried the food at Bathtub Gin (had to submit a rating though so picked the middle one as I saw a table have smores which looked great) but have been a few times for late night drinks and it's a fun spot. On some days they have a light burlesque show (featuring a bathtub) and other times they have a light DJ spinning some great tunes. It's not always easy to get a table and it gets very crowded near the bar, but the convenient location in Chelsea and overall spirit of the place makes it an enjoyable spot."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Definitely unique, which we really enjoyed! We could not have asked for better service. Enjoyed both the drinks and atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This restaurant was by far one of the coolest places I've been. My brother and I split 4 tapas and tried a few of the gin cocktails. The place had that speakeasy feel to it. I'd recommend going there with one other person. The seating for groups doesn't seem to be as comfortable. The tables are tiny. If you are looking for privacy this isn't the place. Awesome if you want a nice night out."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "we had a wonderful time, the staff, service and food was just fantastic. nicest people ever! I ordered the filet mingone... The most flavorful and tender I've ever had.....It cut with a butter knife . thank you all for a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "It's a prohibition bar, not a speak-easy. It was yell across-the-table loud, and the sound system pumped out techno and pop music as loud as any dance club. We went for casual drinks to chat, hoping for something like Raines Law Room, but couldn't hear each other. The drinks were ok and made with quality gin, but lackluster compared to other cocktail bars in the same price-range. On entering with a reservation, we were told we could only have the table for 45 minutes. I'm not sure if this was a normal rule, or if they had overbooked."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This place is unbelievable! From the secret entrance, to the incredible staff to the phenomenal craft cocktail list, it just doesn't get any better. This will always be a stop for me in NYC from now on.... and at the top of my list of recommendations for others."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great time at bathtub gin. Different, great vibe, outstanding music, and fantastic drinks. When visiting nyc, this is a place you must go"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I've been to this place a few times and have always loved the drinks there. We ate there the last time and it was great, just enough to keep you fed but not full. Would definitely recommend the burlesque show too!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We were celebrating our son's and daughter in law's 5th wedding anniversary. We purposely went on Sunday evening to enjoy the Burlesque show by Doc Wassabasco. The tapas were delicious, the drinks were amazing and the entertainment was amazing. Truly a gem."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Bathtub Gin is a great place to bring a date: lots of little tables, great lowlit ambience, plenty of fancy cocktails. The salmon I ordered was FANTASTIC. My only complaint might be that I wish they offered more vegetable sides or apps. Bartenders are generally awesome. Shout out to Theo! If you want to bring a date, or don't want to get caught in the bar crush on busy nights (like Fridays), RESERVING IS A MUST. Pretty much all tables are reserved every single night. Hard to get into the bar on Fridays/Saturdays, and bar is much more crowded then."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Had a bad experience here (after having been before). Was meeting a client for drinks and we had a 6 PM reservation. Exactly 1 table out of 20+ had anyone at it (and I had a reservation) but they wouldn't seat me. Then when my client arrived they attempted to seat us next to the only other people in the entire place which was absurd. When I politely asked to be moved a few tables down (given that my client and I needed to talk about business) the hostess bristled. There was zero regard for our satisfaction. After I pushed back she went up front and came back a minute later and moved us. A terrible start to our evening there! Cocktails were delicious and we had a nice waitress but then upon exiting the coat check lady couldn't find my bag!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Putting this bar behind a false wall in a coffee-shop set the tone perfectly. It made me excited just to walk in. The bar looks and feels quite authentic, and it's fun realizing how much of the jazz music you're familiar with. While the $15 cocktails initially raised a few eyebrows, they are well worth it. Delicious and STRONG. You will not need more than two. The "Small Plates" were actually a good size. The hummus is recommended. Our waitress was super friendly, and the manager visited us twice, had stories to share, etc. Perfect night. The 2 hour time limit on the table was the only thing I didn't care for. We had a 7pm reservation, and had to vacate by 915. Still, I will be back for the Live jazz bands on Monday, or the cabaret."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great food, great scene, great service.will be back"
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Taking a client out for what would be low-key drinks, I had no idea that we had just reserved prime-row seats for a burlesque show. I'd heard fanfare around Bathtub Gin, but this experience was mind-blowing. I've seen burlesque shows before, but never in a dining atmosphere. The girls literally walk through the entirety of the room while performing, and the finale show tops everything off. The drinks were great, and the food very good quality for a cocktail-oriented menu. Make sure you go to Bathtub Gin on a Burlesque Show night!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Its so much fun, you go through a coffee shop secret door and then get to go back in time. It was a fantastic experience, I took a friend from London. There was a Burlesqe show which was amazing. Everyone was wonderful and the drinks were fantastic. Only suggestion is to call to confirm your reservation after Open Table over the phone and find out if you can keep your table"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Wanted to surprise my gf with a trip to Bathtub Gin for her bday. We'd been there on a whim before, but got in too late to see the show. This time, she wanted a chance to see the ladies dance. Unfortunately, by the time I could make a reservation, the only availability was so late I was nervous we wouldn't get a good table or a chance to see much. However, Nikki took great care of us. Upon seeing the special request on my reservation, she called to confirm the bday plans and worked her magic to squeeze us into an earlier time slot, just before the show started. Even better, she snagged us a great table right up front! Needless to say, we had a blast. The drinks, the atmosphere and the show were all great. My gf had a wonderful bday!"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "I went with my husband for a few cocktails, to also discover a selection of delicious small plates. I highly recommend the gnocchi. Drinks were great and service was great - then the cherry on tip was the burlesque show, very entertaining. Prices aren't cheap but well worth it for a special night out. Oh and be sure to book a table, standing room didn't look so great."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Great service. Great staff. Great food and drinks... worth the $$$"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Not really a restaurant. Making dinner reservations there is a little unrewarding. The best dishes are bar food -- mini sliders, fries, humous, etc. A bar…. with food."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "This restaurant was absolutely incredible! The drinks and food were amazing! The food was so different and unique with incredible flavors! The waitress Anna that we had was excellent. She had a great personality and was so bubbly and happy! Overall this was an amazing restaurant and such a unique experience! Definitely recommend this place!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "He wouldn´t let us come in, and we where on the freezing cold because it had jsut started a Show that we wanted to see. In fact we chose the place and the dat for the show... We would have go there earlier but thar was not an option when we made the reservation. the worst part is that they left us there in the awfull cold because of the show.. they wouldn´t let us came in to the coffee sho that is prior to the bar's entrance. I do not recomend it. There are lots of better speakeasy all over NYC"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Bathtub Gin was fantastic. The staff were extremely friendly and energetic. The drinks were amazing and excellently crafted. I was with a group of 5, and every single one of us still raves. What's great about this place, is that they allow you to take pictures and capture you memories - even in their giant brass tub in the middle of the room! That's very refreshing to hear other than, 'Sorry no photographs inside!" I will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This place is awesome! The best night has to be Sunday nights when they have a live Burlesque show on the main floor. Hint: Make a reservation to ensure great tables for the show...otherwise you'll be standing uncomfortably. The decor of this place is incredible...you will feel like you went back in time. The Bartenders take pride in their drinks and its a show just to watch them make them...true craft cocktails mixologists!"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "I admit to being a little weary standing at the door of the coffee shop showing my drivers license, but once the secret door opened I crossed a porthole into the 1920's. Sitting in a large banquet with Tiffany lamps and a brass tub large enough for 2, we drooled over the drink menu and savored mini tuna tartar tacos (so cute and delicious) . The risotto was to die for-salmon a little undercooked. I will return for jazz nite, the follies, or just because."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "A great time warp in the Chelsea neighborhood. Attentive and friendly staff. Great ambiance."
    Dined on 10/26/2013