Summer Fun in the September Sun
(1) The grassy backyard at this retro Palm Springs-inspired joint in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is outfitted with colorful wood fences and communal sofas and benches. Enjoy summery cocktails, and frozen slushies (available in 10-serving pitchers), such as the Sunburn (Milagro Blanco tequila, aloe vera and curaçao; the Mojave Mule (Reyka vodka, prickly pear and ginger beer); Riverside Revival (Hendricks gin, grapefruit cordial, lemon and absinthe; and Desert Springs (Milagro Blanco tequila, Dolin Blanc vermouth, cucumber, mint and Thai chili). | The Springs, 224 Franklin St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 347.227.7114.
The Best of the Best
(2) In July, Dave Arnold—former owner of the revered specialty cocktail hub, Booker & Dax, also the founder of the Museum of Food and Drink and the author of the James Beard Award-winning book "Liquid Intelligence"—opened a 110-capacity, West Village emporium for lovers of artfully crafted cocktail concoctions. He brings Please Don't Tell mixology mastermind Don Lee, Cocktail Kingdom owner Greg Boehm, and former Jean-Georges chef Josh Eden to the new enterprise. | Existing Conditions, 35 W. 8th St., 212.203.8935.
Underdog's on Top
(3) In 2013, this dimly lit, intimate cocktail lounge opened with 35 seats in the basement level of The Growler in FiDi; Hence, the bar's name. Five years later, the Underdog is now on top, having expanded onto both floors, with a craft-cocktail-driven drinks program curated by 2017 Bacardi Legacy Global finalist Conor Meyers, an outdoor patio on historic Stone St., a food menu offering more than 35 creative bar bites and large plates, a build-your-own-bloody-mary bar during weekend brunch and a record player spinning the bar team's vast collection of vinyl. | Underdog, 55 Stone St., 206.555.7890.