I always like to discuss a show over a civilized nightcap before retiring. These venues serve commendable cocktails in charming surroundings.
Hidden in an unmarked brownstone in the heart of the Theater District, this bar and restaurant is popular with people in the business. Bartenders mix classic cocktails such as Sidecars and Aviations with skill, and the small menu has an appealing list of simple appetizers to share. Reserve a table a week in advance.
324 West 46th Street. Tel. (212) 581-3130.
You might recognize this bar in the Hotel Edison as the place where Riggan confronted a theater critic in the film “Birdman.” Its clubby dark-wood interior feels wonderfully warm and cozy. My Rum Old Fashioned balanced molasses sweetness with spice and bitterness, and Mrs. Harper’s piña colada-like “The Escape” had surprising layers of flavor. A jazz pianist sometimes provides entertainment.
228 West 47th Street. Tel. (646) 490-6924.