What is Halloween season without sipping on endless creepy cocktails? Sure, candy is typically the star of the show, but sometimes you’re just looking for a little more boo(ze). NYC has its fair share of spooky bars that give off the ultimate Halloween vibes, but the drinks themselves aren’t always necessarily spooky.
Here are 5 creepy and perfectly boo(zey) cocktails you can find in NYC to give you the perfect Halloween spook!
1. The Beetle’s Juice, Bio-Exorcism, and more at Beetle House
It’s Halloween every day at NYC’s only Tim Burton-themed restaurant serving up the Halloween spirit all year long. Beetle House offers cocktails like The Beetle’s Juice, a tequila and cranberry concoction, and the Alice’s Cup O’Tea with peach vodka, gin, tequila, rum, sour mix, Peach Schnapps, and Coca-Cola. You can also find other selections such as a Big Fish Bowl, Coco Skellington, and Poison Shots. Learn more here.
2. Screaming Banshee, Hexes for Your Exes, and more at Black Lagoon
Be on the lookout for ghosts, ghouls, and goblins in NYC this October as Halloween pop-up bar Black Lagoon takes over Brooklyn’s Our Wicked Lady. Referred to as a goth-metal Halloween pop-up, goth culture and cult horror is the inspiration behind this pop-up–think Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses, and the cocktails are equally as eerie. Halloween-hues pair with tantalizing flavors to create drinks such as the Screaming Banshee, made with Botanist Gin, Giffard L’Abricot, pineapple syrup, and Greek yogurt, Lilith’s Cup, made with Mount Gay Black Barrel, Aperol, vermouth, passionfruit, and glitter, and Hexes For Your Exes, made with Lot 40 Rye, Lustau Blanco Vermouth, kiwi, melon, and seltzer. Learn more here.
3. The Count, Bela, and more at Flying Fox Tavern
Flying Fox Tavern is bringing the spooky vibes to Queens year-round. Inspired by British pubs their creepy cocktails are out of this world. Choose from drinks named after notable vampires including the Bela, a rhubarb gin-prosecco cocktail, and The Count, a color-changing delight made with butterfly pea flower tea. Learn more here.
4. Magic Potion Margarita and Bloody IV Bags at Loreley Beer Garden
Loreley Beer Garden has transformed into the ultimate horror destination. Complete with spooky cocktails, guests can sip on the Magic Potion Margarita, which combines butterfly pea flower infused tequila, triple sec, lemon, and lime, and a Bloody IV Bag, made with rum punch and cherry juice, and served in an actual IV bag! Learn more here.
5. Dracula’s Kiss, Poltergeist, and more at Ras Plant Based
Ras Plant Based, plant-based Ethiopian restaurant in Crown Heights is bringing New Yorkers “A Nightmare at Ras”–their line of spooky Halloween cocktails. On the menu you’ll find Dracula’s Kiss, made with Evan Williams bourbon, raspberry, rosemary, and lemon, Wicked Witch of Franklin, made with Espolón Blanco, Grand Marnier, matcha, and lime, The Bates Motel, made with Spring 44 Gin, blackcurrant, lime, mint, and gummy candy, and Poltergeist, made with Plantation Rum, oat milk, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and whipped cream. The cocktails, priced at $15 each, are available now through November 6th.
Where: 739 Franklin Ave.