Needle & Thread is more than a speakeasy. It’s an experience. OK, that sounds like a weak marketing slogan, but what we mean is that drinking at this place is both cool and relatively involved. First, you make a reservation online. Then, you enter through Tavern Law (another bar we like) and pick up the vintage phone in the back corner. Once you speak to the person on the other end of the line, a door will unlock. Go through it and up some stairs to an antique parlor with an expert bartender who will make you something delicious based on whatever you like - there’s no menu. Your reservation lasts one hour per cocktail (kind of like a parking meter in bar form), so assess your patience/thirst level prior to visiting.
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