The Guthrie Inn – a hidden gem for a proper libation in NYC.

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Speakeasy type bar on the nether regions of the Upper East Side that you can occassionally find me face down at. In a good way!

Not much up this way other than the terrific Earl’s Beer and Cheese. It’s right next door and the area it’s in looks like an underdeveloped country. The views across the street are basically of the subway heading underground and some apartment buildings. That being said it’s a nice reprieve to hide away in this dark and seemingly obscure spot for an exceptional cocktail.

The Guthrie Inn, though small in stature, packs quite a hefty punch when it comes to proper libations. You might find me sprawled out on the cozy leather couches in the darkly lit back room sipping on a Sidecar, Old Fashioned, and even a Sharpie Mustache. The classic cocktail list is one that takes a page out of the Roaring 20’s to Maltese Falcon era of men wearing fedoras and the ladies in demure vintage dresses. The bartenders are quite the mixologists with a wonderful encyclopedia of drink recipes stored away and ready to go at your request.

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Every drink I have encountered here has been excellent, and never have regretted any choice that passed my lips. The place itself exudes a relaxed vibe, and the patrons here reflect that as you won’t find the frat boy crowd that populates a lot of the UES bar scene. Cocktails are in the $10-$12 range, and the menu of options reads more like quality over quantity. Decent bourbon list to choose from too. Great choice to bring a date if up this way. Not much by way of seating but the front area also opens up a bit to let in some fresh air.

Chill atmosphere. Quality cocktails. A bit sexy and seductive. Earls Beer and Cheese next door. Whoa! What is happening up here on the far Upper East Side? This strange new land actually has some good things going on all of a sudden.

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22 thoughts on “The Guthrie Inn – a hidden gem for a proper libation in NYC.”

  1. Great spotlight… Too many cool places to hangout there … Hopefully one day I ‘ll visit your Big Apple, Phil… Wishing you a wonderful weekend, best wishes, Aquileana 🙂

    1. Hey Barb!

      It’s a wonderful drink made with whiskey, bitters, rye, and even gin. The mix of these when done correctly is a highly entertaining cocktail!

  2. Ooh lovely! I very rarely drink cocktails (I’m generally just a beer type of gal), so when I do have one it’s a special treat. As soon as I read your first word, Speakeasy, Bugsy Malone songs started in head, and I’m sure they’re be there all day, that’s a good thing, I love Bugsy Malone, “Anybody who is anybody will soon walk through that door, at…”

    1. Hey Vanessa!

      I am a big craft beer fan but also love a good old fashioned cocktail. Especially of the Speakeasy kind. Many spots now in NYC serving up these great libations!

  3. I just can’t get my eyes off that glass on the last picture, it’s so cool! I would visit the Guthrie Inn just to be able to sip from a glass like that:)

    1. Hey Mitzie!

      Many cocktail joints around the city now use the proper glassware for each cocktail, which they should have been doing to begin with. That is a fancy one for sure!

  4. I had to look up the contents of a sharpie mustache and all I can say is that I’ll stick to an old fashioned and leave that one to you. One mustache and I think I’d be under the table. :-p

    1. Hey Mary!

      Yes, it does pack quite some booze into it! I also enjoy a good classic old fashioned once in a while. The classics will always stay classic!

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