Neighborhood: Financial District
Address: 30 Water St.

This pub and cocktail bar hasn't even officially opened to the public yet (keep an eye on its Twitter stream for the green light), but it's already the coolest thing in the Financial District by miles. The guys behind the place, Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, made a name for themselves at the Merchant Hotel bar in Belfast, and they're promising to show New Yorkers a new side to Irish boozing, beyond Guinness and Jameson. Downstairs is a working-man's taproom, ideal for setting the world to right's over a pint after work, while upstairs you'll find an immaculately staged cocktail den that resurrects obscure old drinks like flips, cobblers and bishops. Check out photos of the space here-Chris Schonberger