Visiting a bar while it is closed — and during the day — is strange. The interiors are quiet and tidy, and bathed in sunlight, which is not how I am familiar with being greeted by any New York City bar. At both venues I met with the head bartender who accommodated every request, especially Leo from Eleven Madison Park who ensured I personally tasted his whiskey concoction at our 10 a.m. shoot.
Best Bars in America
location: Eleven Madison Park, New York City
location: Pegu Club, New York City
photo research + photographer: Andie Diemer