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The Irish know how to fortify themselves against winter, so rolling up to the Lower East Side’s modern Irish pub The Late Late(159 E Houston St.) is a smart bet on the long, cold nights to come. Upstairs, warm wood walls surround you in a homey space that’s both chic and comforting while you dig into the city’s best Irish breakfast, or head downstairs for more of a party vibe with live DJ sets by friends of co-owner Rob Ackroyd, lead guitarist for Florence & the Machine.
For winter, head bartender Seth Allen used the bar’s “Irish-inspired” philosophy to create a new menu of cocktails like Sage Advice (tamarind-infused Cruzan rum, lime, burnt orange peel and a kiss of smoked sage) and Irish Coffee with Jameson Black Barrel, a twist of Illegal mezcal and housemade cream. Guinness, of course, also appears in reductions and syrups — it’s the sweetener in the house Old Fashioned — but also in some surprising ways like the warm Minty Fresh cocktail with creme de menthe, and paired with prosecco in the Black Velvet.
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Allen shared some of his favorite spots around the city when he’s not behind the bar experimenting with Ireland’s signature beer.
Out-of-town guests: “Last Sunday my cousins came up to visit New York with their 3-year-old son, I took them to The Cannibal, it’s a craft beer and butcher shop, I really like it there, you can get some really amazing food like large-format steaks and bone marrow dishes, very meat-heavy. They have an outdoor space that during winter is nice and heated.” 113 E. 29th St., Midtown East
For a group: “Queens Kickshaw is great place for beer and cider and live music. It’s a little off the beaten path, out of the city center, and it’s a nice walk to The Strand Smokehouse for barbecue and live bluegrass music.” 40-17 Broadway, 25-27 Broadway, Astoria
Under $10: “This Mexican place called Downtown Bakery, you can get two soft tacos or a giant burrito for $7 and it’s authentic, amazing Mexican food, the guys are so nice there. Somebody recommended it to me one day, and now I go there once a week.” 69 First Ave., East Village
Date night: “Syndicated, it’s a new theater in Brooklyn with really good food that you can order while you’re watching movies — tickets are $3. Even if you’re not going to a movie, the bar is gorgeous, it’s all marble and the size of a city block.” 40 Bogart St., Bushwick
Insta-worthy: “The VNYL, I’m still blown away when I walk in and see that spot. The cocktails on the first floor, milk punches and shrubs, you can’t really find everywhere, plus 20 craft beers on draft. The basement is a more intimate setting, and the top floor is more of a club.” 100 Third Ave., East Village
Hidden gem: “The Jeffrey was always one of my favorites. It’s cozy, it’s a horseshoe with an outdoor area in the back; if you walk in the door on the left it’s a cocktail bar, and if you walk in the door on the right it’s their beer side.” 311 E. 60th St., Upper East Side