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DEATH AND COMPANY NYC NIGHTLIFE NYC COCKTAIL BARS

The Prohibition Act of 1920 made drinking illegal for Americans-not that it stopped them, page however. The Act served as a catalyst to the rebellious creation of the speakeasy, view an illegal (and usually underground) bar or lounge where the cover of night was a shield for mafiosos and flapper-types looking for a rush and a good time. This part of American history sparked an idea in the minds of David Kaplan and Ravi DeRossi, urticaria proprietors of modern-day speakeasy Death and Company.

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Death and Company’s dedication to the traditional American cocktail bar ushers visitors in to a New York hot spot quieter and more relaxed than most would expect. Though the name conjures up elements of the gothic, Kaplan and DeRossi’s creation is a dedication to the underground nightlife of the Roaring ’20s, with a Mad Men-esque feel. Since their tumultuous beginnings in 2007, Death and Co. has fought for it’s right to stay on 6th Street with its license; winning battles with the State Liquor Authority over its hours and its liquor license– much like our American ancestors.

Death and Company’s dimly lit entrance at 433 6th Street in the Lower East Side of New York City opens to an equally rich and dark atmosphere. Patrons can be seated at tables for dining or the bar for Death and Co’s signature service. The food menu is tastefully small. Serving “bites” of truffle macaroni or BBQ pulled pork sliders served with a Fuji apple potato salad, late-night food lovers can enjoy an expertly prepared cocktail with any order, and cocktails are the specialty here.

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A menu including one page of food, and nine of drinks, speaks to Kaplan and DeRossi’s passionate dedication to old-style bartending. Bartenders with the expertise of Alex Day (who, rumor has it, has left Death and Co. for LA to possibly found another location), carefully craft and expertly mix cocktails with finesse. Connoiseurs and experts are welcome to try classic cocktails invented as early as the 1880’s like the Rob Roy and Pendennis Club Cocktail. Experimentation is highly encouraged as well: with an explanation and mixology on each selection, read and learn about each drink– then visit their website for directions on how to create it at home.

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Death and Company’s efforts to resurrect an old-New York passion for nightlife have paid off in the form of modern notoriety, especially with artists like Lady Gaga referencing them in her songs. Almost five years after opening their doors, this visitor-friendly bar is still inviting to new faces. Whether it be juleps, hops, brandy, tequila, or fine wine, Death and Company has a recipe for a distinct drink to suit it.

by Rachel Margaritis