My City: Charitable Mixologist Ivy Mix Picks Her NYC Faves
Co-founder of Speed Rack, a wildly successful charity bartending competition that celebrates the achievements of women and raises money for breast cancer research, Ivy Mix is one of the most respected personalities in the food and drink world. In 2012, Ivy was named one of Zagat’s 30 under 30 for New York City and she was one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top Tastemakers under 40.
When she’s not travelling the country to host Speed Rack competitions, she still mixes it up a couple nights per week at Clover Club, a Brooklyn cocktail bar that is considered one of the best in the world. If anyone knows what to do in Manhattan (not to mention Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, and pretty well anywhere you can think of) it’s her.
Q: Is there one tip for how to negotiate the streets of New York that you tell visitors immediately?
Mix: Well, in the day and age of uber and google maps, it’s not that hard. But if you don't want to look like the geek tourist on the phone, you might want to keep in mind that even-numbered streets run west to east and odd-numbered streets go east to west. It can sort out your sense of direction.
Do you have advice for people trying to stick to transit?
I’m lucky enough to be a bartender who gets to avoid rush hour. I hate rush hour. So my advice is: Just don't go out then. It's the worst. Or even 3 o’clock when school gets out. It's the pits.
Is there a great place to escape the pace of the city?
I like ducking into the New York Public Library. The reading room and back park are fantastic getaways from the hustle and bustle of midtown.
Is there one clichéd tourist activity that’s actually really great?
Take the Staten Island Ferry and bring some beers. It’s one of the best views of the city.
Now the opposite: What’s the one thing everyone does that’s over-rated?
The financial district. Why does everyone go here? It's insane.
What’s the best Happy Hour?
Hmmm ... I know this will sound self-serving, but Clover Club. We do $7 cocktails from 4 pm to 7 pm. It's right off the G and F trains and super easy to get to.
Where’s the best place to pretend you’re a local?
Like a local NYCer? Tile Bar. It's fantastic. And they allow dogs. It's like the only place that isn't trying to be anything else than what it is.
A totally splurge-worthy dinner or night out?
The NoMad. No doubt about it. It's ethereal.
What’s the ideal plan for a day off?
Well, it's rare to have a day off. But, if I do, I generally like to go to a museum or gallery. For galleries, Pace and Zwirner are two of my favourites. I usually hit up Chelsea and walk down the streets. Or I will go to the Guggenheim. After that, my favorite thing on earth is to go to Red Hook. Start off with wine and snacks at Fort Defiance (chicken liver mousse and deviled eggs) followed by the world's best Irish Coffee. Then take a walk down to look at the Statue of Liberty. Then I would head to Sunny's and see live music in the back. Best day ever.
Clover Club, 210 Smith Street, Brooklyn
• Tile Bar, 115 First Avenue
NoMad, 10 West 28th Street
Fort Defiance, 365 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn
Sunny’s, 253 Conover Street, Brooklyn