New York City-Williamsburg
May 11, 2018
Tom Chadwick’s already much acclaimed Dram shows a reverence for the classic cocktail without resorting to the faux-speakeasy stylings of so many of its competitors. Here you can drink lovingly crafted drinks to a soundtrack of indie rock, while lounging on comfy benches, or partaking of a game of pool, darts or shuffleboard if the mood takes you. This is a place that values its craft without forcing you to worship at some arcane temple of cocktails past, and casual drinkers will be as happy here as the true aficionado. There’s a smart wine list but you won’t be frowned upon if you just order an ale. That said, the mixed drinks are wonderfully inventive and complex – just try the Mighty Tux, a sweet/sharp mix of gin, maraschino liqueur, bitters, and both dry and sweet vermouth. The classics are impeccably executed and they’re more than happy to go off-piste. Guest bartenders pulled from Chadwick’s impressive contacts book are one of the main attractions give them your favourite spirit and the mood you find yourself in, and they’ll rummage in their personal archives to find something that hits the spot perfectly. A canoe that has somehow been turned into a lantern hovers above the bar, but apart from this dramatic touch it’s a stripped back, all-wood space. Cosy in the cooler months, Dram Bar really comes into its own in the summer, when the floor to ceiling windows are flung open for that al fresco feeling.
What their peers say
“Dram in South Williamburg, NYC is where I fell in love with bars and cocktails. I love this sleek slice of a bar with lots of windows and a long wooden canoe hanging on the wall (the bar itself is done in all wood and is a bit canoe-like). The bartenders are always glad to give you a custom drink if you tell them what you’re hankering for, or you can order off the menu. The place is dim and sexy and full of possibility.”
Photo credit: http://www.drambar.com/