You won’t find this Upper West Side bar at street level. Instead, walk into the restaurant Burke & Wills on 79th Street, then ask for Manhattan Cricket Club — a hostess will escort you to this second-floor cocktail lounge, just opened in early October.
The Story: While Burke & Wills downstairs is something of a modern Australian bistro, the upstairs lounge is a nod to earlier times — the turn of the 20th century, to be precise, and the colonial gentlemen’s clubs across the British Empire at that time.
The Look: As befits a proper drinking parlor, Manhattan Cricket Club is outfitted in gold brocade and handsome leather, with library shelves and cricket regalia lining the walls and a stately marble bar.
The Drinks: While the space might seem an homage to the last century, the cocktails are decidedly 2013, designed by highly regarded bar man Greg Seider (whose other efforts include Summit Bar and the cocktail list at Le Bernardin). Try a Salt & Pepper (vodka, tomato tincture, smoked black pepper) or a barrel-aged Tom Collins.
The Scene: The partners at Manhattan Cricket Club endeavored to create a serious drinking den — which, they believe, hasn’t existed in the neighborhood thus far. Expect more of a lounge than a raucous bar. (Just picture those old gents of yore; they weren’t slamming back the shots, but certainly grew quite spirited as the G&Ts went down.)
Second floor of Burke & Wills
226 W. 79th St.