Published on July 27th, 2012 | by Dipsology


Little Branch

An outpost of the Sasha Petraske and the Milk & Honey team in the West Village, expect the same high level of cocktail craftsmanship, without the reservation policy, and a less hidden – but still kind of obscure – entrance (unmarked and unremarkable save for a small gold plaque).  It is, however, easily identifiable by the long line outside after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Once admitted, walk down a perilous-when-tipsy flight of stairs (watch your head) and emerge into an underground cocktail den with a small bar area for standing, about ten booths for more secluded conversation, and all of it with a golden glow and a splash of old school tin tiles for the ultimate Prohibition effect. There is a limited menu of classics meant more to inspire than prescribe, or you can give the talented staff an idea of what you’re after and they’ll take care of it.  Added bonus: live jazz Sunday-Wednesday.

Who: A date, fun group of friends

What: My drink here is the Silver Fox – gin, lemon, orgeat, amaretto, egg white, club soda – with the orgeat and amaretto adding a subtle nutty flavor and the whole thing tasting like a cloud.  If that’s not your thing, go for bartender’s choice

When: Great for a quiet drink and some jazz earlier in the week, or a fun late night scene on weekends.  A good one for winding down your raucous evening elsewhere.

Good for:  Live music – Romantic date (in a booth) – Groups (but not too big) – Impressing people – Hidden entrance – Quiet drinks with friends – Late night

Reservations: Not accepted  |   Max Group Size: For a booth ~6. You probably don’t want to show up with any more.
Food: Bar Snacks   |   Wine: Yes  |   Beer: Yes




20 7th Ave South
at Leroy St
West Village

(212) 929-4360

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Daily, from 7pm
last call usually around 2:30am weekdays, 3:30am weekends


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