Bathtub Gin

4.5
391 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Gin was the predominant drink in the USA during the prohibition-era 1920's and many variations were created. "Bathtub 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 "bathtub 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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glitzigirl
New York Area
5 reviews
Reviewed on January 20, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Was looking forward to the kitchshy atmosphere but both the drinks and the food were phenomenal. It is a very small space but they do take reservations and we had a fabulous time. I highly recommend it!

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vipMcoz
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bathtub Gin is one of my favorite places to take people who are visiting NYC and want an experience! I went for the burlesque show on Tuesday night, which was very fun. They have amazing cocktails. Highly, highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall2food4service2ambience4

The atmosphere and cocktails at BathTub Gin were both great, however, I was very disappointed by the service. Our party had a reservation for 9:45pm but we did not sit down at our table until 10:25pm because we were waiting for service. First, we waited in a line outside the venue while the bouncer argued with the party in front of us because they were late for their reservation. Then, we waited inside the venue for an additional 15 minutes just waiting to be acknowledged by the hostess. All in all, when we sat down to the table, it was 10:25. At that point, the hostess informed us that they had another party coming and need our table at 11:00pm and so they would try to find us a another table to move to at that time. The staff was unable to find another table for us, so we only had the table from 10:25 until 11pm, even though we had a reservation and complained to management. The cocktails were delicious but overall, this was a very disappointing experience. I would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Seating was terrible. They crammed us in on a bench shoulder to shoulder with other people. Left before ordering our first drink.

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Tavov
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Muy bien ambientado, una gran barra de gin y divertido

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Chubblers1
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for my birthday celebration in New York and since I am now 64 years old was flattered to be asked for ID! The venue came recommended from a few people. There is a limited menu but would highly recommend the Kobe Beef on Toast.

Extensive gin based cocktail menu, my favourite was The corset

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Josal
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite bars in NYC. Definetly worth a visit.

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vipSYDfoodfrenzy
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! The speakeasy setting is fun to introduce to people, the service is good and our waitress knew all the cocktails and made great recommendations fir our group of four. We didn't try any food but we all enjoyed our gin cocktails. Personally I think the cocktails are too busy- there are so many ingredients, it's hard to know what the flavor profile is without asking. They're expensive too, but they're still enjoyable - would go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Cool space

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

very nice ambiance, staff was very friendly, just annoying that we had to leave the table in 2 hours..

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Really slow service. Had to flag people down for our order. It was a special dinner and we felt forgotten.

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vipMcoz
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Bathtub Gin is one of my favorite places in NYC. Whenever I have someone visit, I bring them to the show on Tuesday nights. You can make a reservation, but usually have to do so about a month in advance. The performers are phenomenal! The cocktails are also delicious. The atmosphere is great. It is my favorite speakeasy in NYC.

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vipredrabbit
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Group of 6 women for late night cocktails. Speakeasy with Jazz playing, comfortable tables and bar. Waitress helpful with drink choices.

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Mleaux
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely burlesque show and delicious cocktails!! Fun for all, and highly recommended! I'll most certainly be back for more!!

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vipPartricia0915
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Many cocktails here, all are delicious, and food is not bad for appetizer with alcohol. staff is really nice and kind!! I should come back soon!!

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Cyndi
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Vibrant, loud bat scene for people in their 20s; crowded with good energy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience3

They made us leave when there was no one else in the restaurant !!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks a fun time!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend for a surprise and she loved every minute. It really is like stepping back in time to when these bars were around. I would recommend to anyone to take in speakeasies when they go to New York particularly this one.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall5food2service5ambience5

There's no issue with noise, didn't know what to pick on the scale above

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DavidL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Simply terrible on every level. Walked out and went to a much better place next door.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance is great and the staff were all friendly...including the bouncer. I had made a reservation in advance which was necessary. There was a 2 hour time limit on the table which was more than enough time considering the crowd. The crafted drinks were all unique and tasty. Having gone to bartending school and knowing many of the flavors used I was able to imagine how the drink would taste. Someone who does not have any idea of the exotic flavors (like cardamom or various oils used) may not know what they are in for and may need some help choosing. Overall a very fun experience although pricey.

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doh523
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails! Had a very official speakeasy tone to it. Plenty of time on our reservation to try 3-4 drinks. Music was not too loud so we could hear each other and hold a conversation

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vipMcoz
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On Tuesday nights, Bathtub Gin hosts a burlesque show which is phenomenal. They have an incredible cocktail list with strong drinks. Definitely try to make a reservation since it gets crowded fast!

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Nate
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all round first visit to Bathtub Gin. The ambience was cozy, the staff friendly, and the drinks tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a great spot to grab a drink with friends. It can be a little bit loud but the cocktails and the ambiance are great.

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Jodi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience3

TERRIBLE how they operate this joint. I've lived in NY for 6 years and have never experienced this kind of amateur service. If you're going here cause its a speakeasy and you want a cool vibe and great authentic service GO TO ANY OF THE OTHER Speakeasy's nyc offers like, B flat, Raines Law Room, The Back Room, PDT, Blind Barber...the list is endless. For starters Bath Tub Gin doesn't even try to make it a cool prohibition vibe walking through the coffee shop, the bouncer standing there is clearly letting you into the bar area... not a cool front. Then they SQUEEZE you into a tiny table if you're a party of 3. On top of that they REMIND multiple times and at inappropriate times you only have the table for 2 hours. I could go on and on how terrible this experience was but quite frankly they aren't worth my time. Try one of the other places, TRUST ME!!

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AlyssaM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for 8. The waitress was attentive, the drinks were fantastic, and our entire group had a wonderful time. I do not recommend showing up without a reservation, this place gets packed!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great night!

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vipJenniferS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We had a reservation for Saturday night. Hostess was extremely rude, stressed to us we only had our table from 8-10pm at least 5 times. Yet they wouldn't seat us since our whole party wasn't there right at 8pm. Felt like we were getting kicked out before we even sat down. Table was too small for 7 people even though we expected 8. Not enough chairs available so nothing they could do. Even after chairs became open, they didn't accommodate us. When we were ready for the check, again the hostess unnecessarily reminded us we had to be out by 10. Yeah we got it! Still finishing my drink at 9:59 and they had the next party standing over our table. We spent a lot of money there and to be treated that way was unacceptable. I hesitated to say anything at the time because our Waitress Danielle was great, food and drinks were also good. I just don't understand constant reminders and rushing us out when we were well within the time frame. I won't be going back.

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TomB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Enjoyed the drinks and food. I do not appreciate getting told to leave after an hour and a half (and $200 spent) in order to open up my seat for the next reservation. There were 8 tables available when we were told that we should start making our way to the door. Would probably have spent more time and money otherwise.

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Nikki
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burlesque brunch at Bathtub Gin was fun and intimate. We had great service and amazing drinks!

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Andirica
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I went here for my birthday with 2 friends and we had a blast. Unfortunately we got booted from our table after 2 hours but that's because they're crazy booked, especially on sundays. Fortunately we did get to move to the bar to enjoy the burlesque preformances, which were to die for! The ladies did an amazing job and were really fun and beautiful. They're interactive with the guests and the bar service was stellar as well. Really enjoyed my visit to celebrate my 23rd birthday!

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vipsugarandspice
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool speakeasy with great cocktails

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mentanico
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Creative and innovative drinks. Classic drinks as well. Didn't try the food, only drinks. Great ambiance. Reservation required.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2017
Overall4food3service1ambience5

Apart from the fact that the waitress has spilled a glass on top (clothes and cell phone) without excuses or commercial gesture, the atmosphere was nice and the cocktails good

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my brother here for brunch and it did not disappoint. Being huge fans of French Toast, we both ordered it and split a side of bacon and sausage. The French Toast really hit the spot and went great with the Irish Coffee I ordered. My brother ordered one of the gin-crafted drinks and is looking forward to recommending it to his friends. I want to know where they get their bacon from because it was delicious. The waitress was very engaging and the decor is beautiful. I'm looking forward to coming back for a drink with some friends during their Tuesday night burlesque show. Very excited to book my next outing there.

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vipBrown
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails! The entire experience is thrilling, from the secret enterence to the actual tub. Unique, delicious, provocative...

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OpenTable Diner
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our two visits here whilst in NYC. The first time we came across this amazing bar after taking an afternoon stroll down the High Line we enjoyed many of their amazing gin cocktails! Then we booked a table for the next night to enjoy the food on offer and a live jazz performance.

Amazing atmosphere, cocktails and food! Would 110% recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe! Reminiscent of the prohibition days...without the gangsters! We had drinks and the smores. Everything was awesome!!

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Bathtub Gin is rated 4.5 stars by 391 OpenTable diners.