Attaboy

Now all grown up, Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy’s Attaboy would make its poppa proud. It rose from the ashes of Milk & Honey New York – the most important bar of the second golden era of cocktail culture – in 2013, taking the best bits of service and drinks execution but leaving the formality in the past. From day one the intention was a laid-back, everyman cocktail bar that just so happened to have been born in a celebrated site to pedigreed parents. Things here are chiselled back to the key elements: there is no cocktail menu, so tell the bartender how you’re feeling and the flavours you favour and they’ll capably take it from there. Though there are a couple of drinks you will want to try. The Penicillin, Ross’s scotch and honey creation, is to many the best scotch cocktail invented, while Paper Plane, a bourbon and bitters drink, is his other bone fide classic. Try them both – separately.

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