New York City-Brooklyn

4.5 / 5 3 / 5

May 11, 2018

A low-key, laidback Brooklyn bar, Seaborne is serious about mixing up tasty twists on classic cocktails in a cosy, jazz-filled atmosphere.

Seaborne is not a self-confessed speakeasy, and neither are they really trying to be one; yet with a fairly incognito entrance and a plain glass-brick frontage, you’d assume otherwise. In reality, the exterior just portrays the overall vibe of this New York bar: relaxed, welcoming and cozy. 

The interior of Seaborne is part diner and part basement bunker in its style – exposed brick walls sit alongside red leather booths, formica tabletops and a shiny metal bar. But don’t let the lack of aesthetics fool you; the people behind Seaborne know their stuff when it comes to making drinks, and making friends, and in here you’re bound to experience a little of both. The cocktails list is short but sweet, comprising of around 10-15 drinks, many offering a modern twist on the classics. A few of the stand-out creations that really demonstrate the bar team’s passion are the Blue Devil (gin, maraschino liqueur, fresh lemon and butterfly pea shoot), the Cock-N-Bull (bourbon, cognac, triple sec and herbal liqueur) and the Maiden’s Blush (gin, absinthe, fresh raspberries and lemon). 

There’s no airs and graces about the drinks here – just plain old-fashioned good mixing and methods. In-keeping with this paired-down attitude, Seaborne offers a choice of only one red wine or champagne by the glass, along with a small selection of draft beers. This no-pressure attitude, along with the soothing jazz music background, will have you breathing a sigh of relief to be off the busy city streets, and may just have you ordering another drink and hunkering down for the night.

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