By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
When we asked readers last week to email their own experiences with bars that serve absurdly overpriced cocktails, it went way beyond the $14 martiniand we agree, why should a well drink with $5-a-bottle vodka cost $9? Our boozing colleagues at Citysearch and New York online even wrote in, sick of shelling out for another $10 rum and Coke. Also, extra demerits go to rooftop and other outside bars that serve their costly cocktails in plastic cups. Granted, there may be some legal reasons for thissomething about the throwing of glass tumblers from 10 stories up, perhaps?in which case, our rejoinder is that nothing makes us want to hurl foamy Bud more than coughing up $50 for three frozen mojitos in glorified Dixie cups. Brothers and sisters, we've been had.
With that, here are the new submissions to our Overpriced Cocktail Hall of Shame. (Please note: We didn't check these prices ourselves, but our readers wouldn't lie to us, would they?)
Daniel Maurer, Nightlife Editor/Producer at NYMag.com
I know, I know... it's $12... one dollar too short. But if you pick a runner-up, this should be it, man.
Katie Heffernan, City Editor for New York, Citysearch.com
Kittichai serves, for brunch, $4 coffee and martinis start at $14. It's in Soho. The food's not worth it either. (I hadn't seen $14 Lox and Bagel platters since I had room service in Vegas, and that included tip!)
The bar at the top of Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District should make your list. I ordered two Amstel Lights and a vodka tonic. It came out to 32 bucks and all were served in plastic cups. It was $9 each for the Amstels, and $14 for the vodka tonic (with house vodka).After we finished our drinks, we exited promptly. If we would have had parachutes we could have got out of there sooner. It was a bad recommendation from a coworker who makes way more than I do.