The refreshing, often fruity daiquiri is always an ideal cocktail of choice for the summer season. Celebrate National Daiquiri Day on July 19th—and for the rest of the month—at these New York City hotspots. (Fans of social media can post their Instagram-worthy photos and tag #DaiquiriBarCrawl.) Whether you prefer sipping a classic summer refresher or yearn for a more exotic take on the cocktail, these bars are sure to have something to satisfy.
National Daiquiri Day: Bar Belly
Located in Manhattan’s trendy Lower East Side area, this Airstream-inspired bar offers seasonal cocktails, including the Pineapple Express, as well as other summer faves such as fresh oysters. Live music ups the ambiance. 14 Orchard St., 917-488-0943, barbellynyc.com
National Daiquiri Day: Tijuana Picnic
Global flavors abound at Mexican restaurant Tijuana Picnic, which is located on the Lower East Side. Tijuana Picnic translates casual Mexican fare into bold, innovative dishes. Enjoy the (optional) spicy Mexican fare and cool off with a refreshing Sassy Señorita, which is garnished with strawberry. 151 Essex St., 212-219-2000, tijuana-picnic.com
National Daiquiri Day: The Happiest Hour
Go tropical! This whimsical cocktail bar in the West Village boasts an understated tiki vibe. It’s the perfect destination for sipping a summery Oleo daiquiri. Adorned with cartoon palm trees, the summer-themed decor sets the mood for breezy, upscale diner-style fare accompanied by summery cocktails. 121 W. 10th St., 212-243-2827, happiesthournyc.com
National Daiquiri Day: Slowly Shirley
Go glam! This elegant subterranean cocktail sanctuary in the West Village (it's right underneath The Happiest Hour) transports guests into Hollywood’s Golden Age when glamour and sophistication held sway. Ladies, channel your inner Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe. Deck yourself out in some glam sunglasses and sip a cool daiquiri at this retro bar. 121 W. 10th St., 212-243-2827, slowlyshirley.com
National Daiquiri Day: Underdog
This newly relaunched two-level bar and dining space is located on historic Stone Street in the charming streets of the Financial District. Underdog offers world-class cocktails, craft beer, dining, and of course, fruity banana daiquiris. 55 Stone St., 917-409-0251, underdogbarnyc.com
National Daiquiri Day: The Rum House
Located in the heart of Times Square, The Rum House is a great cocktail bar that offers delicious daiquiris, craft cocktails, and live music in a classic, old world setting. 228 W. 47th St., 646-490-6924, therumhousenyc.com
National Daiquiri Day: Ward III
Tribeca’s premier whiskey bar is a comfy spot to sip a daiquiri or signature cocktail in style. With its neighborhood charm, the Ward III welcomes locals and out-of-towners alike. 212-240-9194, 111 Reade St., ward3.com
Regina Molaro is a freelancer writer whose work spans from luxury to fashion, art, lifestyle, and beauty. Her work has appeared in Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, as well as Bespoke Magazine and In Season—the in-house magazines at the St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental New York.