The most exciting bar openings of 2018

15th January, 2019 by Owen Bellwood

3. Existing Conditions, New York

One of New York’s newest cocktail dens has been created by Dave Arnold, formerly of Booker + Dax, Don Lee of famed PDT and Greg Boehm of Cocktail Kingdom.

The space is simple and unassuming, as the team endeavoured to leave it as unchanged as possible when they took over. Inside, customers will find booths and low tables, as well as vintage vending machines that distribute bottled cocktails, such as Manhattans and Martinis.

Located in Greenwich Village, Existing Conditions aims to blend science with classic cocktails through its list of stirred, shaken and alcohol­-free creations.

Shaken cocktails include the Helicopter, made from milk­-washed aquavit, Aperol, Cynar and grapefruit, while Existing Conditions’ stirred drinks includes the Waffle Turkey 101, which combines waffle-­infused Bourbon and maple syrup.

The bar also offers a number of alcohol-­free creations, including: Horse and Carriage, made from carbonated clarified Granny Smith apple, clarified carrot and Tasmanian pepper berry; and the Stingless, which mixes together carbonated melipona honey, clarified lemon and vanilla.

Alongside their cocktails, visitors at Existing Conditions can enjoy a host of small plates, including crispy cauliflower and shrimp sticks, as well as a selection of larger dishes.

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