Keefer Bar is one of the country’s best cocktail bars, and if you look closely, possibly one of the strangest. It has an apothecary theme, which means there’s a menu called Remedies and Cures, anatomy models on shelves, and glowing X-ray sheets inside the bathroom. What you’ll also find are extremely well-made drinks like the Tokyo Drift with tobacco bitters and the Skeleton Kiss with firewater tincture (a super spicy bitters-like ingredient). You could come before or after a dinner in Chinatown or strategically arrive in time for their Happy Hour (every day from 4-6pm) and have some of their small plates like soup dumplings or green onion pancake pizza. And if all of the dim lighting and random tinctures are starting to freak you out, choose a seat next to the fire pit on their patio out the front instead.
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