Top NYC Spots for Brew & Bloodys

Thirsty? Grab a pint at one of NYC's breweries or bars and check out where the Bloody Mary was perfected.

Looking for some authentic NYC beer? Take a tour and grab a pint at Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718.486.7422). Heartland Brewery (127 W. 43rd St., 646.366.0235) offers its own crafted suds at seven locations around the city. Other favorite libations in the Big Apple are the light and dark ales found at McSorley’s Old Ale House (15 E. 7th St.,  212.473.9148), with a heritage dating back to 1854 and an ale brewed especially for the pub. And Houston Hall (222 W. Houston St., 212.675.9323), located in a 112-year-old garage-turned-beer-hall, offers 10 beers on tap from a brewery in Brooklyn.

Although the Bloody Mary is a worthy selection at many bars around the city, you should really pay homage to the “temple” where it was perfected, the King Cole Bar & Salon at the St. Regis Hotel (2 E. 55th St., 212.339. 6857). Once named the Red Snapper, it was created 80 years ago by bartender Fernand Petiot: The original recipe of vodka, tomato juice, celery salt, pepper, lemon and Worcestershire sauce is still used. While you’re there, admire the restored mural that holds a secret only the bartenders can disclose.