New York City-Lower East Manhattan

4.4 / 5 2 / 5

May 11, 2018

Casual East Village cocktail lounge with a faux-roadhouse dive feel and a contemporary approach to craft cocktails.

Taking over the former 70s-themed Golden Cadillac space and developed by one of GC’s former owners and San Diego-based barman Erick Castro (Polite Provisions), Boilermaker celebrates hi-low culture with craft cocktails served with a roadhouse vibe. In the U.S., a “Boilermaker” is a beer-and-a-shot, and the bar doesn’t disappoint, with craft beers and high-quality spirit pairings that change up on a regular basis.

The Apple and Vanilla – a cider and vanilla-infused rum – is an extremely popular option as well. You’ll find expertly made pre-Prohibition drinks (Tom Collins, Sazerac, Negroni, Monte Carlo, etc), a rotating roster of cocktails on tap (The Intermission is a buttered popcorn-infused rum and coke), and inventive signatures like the Funky Pretty (pisco, rhum agricole, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup).

A convivial, laid-back vibe is welcoming and a well-curated playlist of alt- and classic rock keeps the room lively. Plentiful banquet seating, some of the best burgers and hot wings in the East Village and a stellar happy hour that lasts till 8 p.m. means your first visit most certainly won’t be your last.

Photo credit: BoilerMaker official website