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April 21, 2023updated May 05, 2023

The Side Piece by 9 Jones

Cocktail of the Week: Thought cotton candy was for kids only? Think again.

By Kim Ayling

There is just something about a members’ club that continuously appeals: The idea of gaining entry into a secret club, with only the most esteemed granted access, has been so cleverly adapted from playground folly into a grown-up commodity.

One of the latest to join NYC’s ever-growing list of members-only bars is 9 Jones in the West Village. The culmination of several buzzing hospitality brains – including Richard Wheeler and Josh Angel from 1Oak – 9 Jones is every inch a members’ club: Dark, moody interiors; highly exclusive guest list; and plenty of indulgent drinks.

The main sitting area is characterized by its petrol-blue walls, plush velvet seating and luxe gold finishes, but the star of the show is a separate, concealed space. Open only to 9 Jones’ most elite clientele (there has been many a celeb spotted, but we won’t go as low as to name them), this portion is marked by the heavy curtain that surrounds it, with a separate entrance for complete discretion. Planning a private event? The bar can be booked in its entirety, too.

[See also: The Best Private Dining Rooms in London]

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The main sitting area is characterized by its petrol-blue walls, plush velvet seating and luxe gold finishes / ©9 Jones

There’s little point in a showstopping interior if the menu doesn’t match up though – fortunately, 9 Jones’ does. As well as a Greek-inspired selection of dishes, the bar offers a quirky trolley service, in which a vintage golden trolley, bedecked with the most premium of spirits, is wheeled through the venue directly to your table ready for a bespoke mixology experience. It takes cocktail-bar fun to the next level. 

On the main cocktail menu, the Side Piece also delights with a sweet mixture of Grey Goose, pomegranate and lemon made only even better with the addition of cotton candy and gold leaf. 

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One of the latest to join NYC’s ever-growing list of members-only bars is 9 Jones in the West Village / ©9 Jones

Ingredients:

2oz Grey Goose vodka

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¾ oz lemon juice

¾ oz pomegranate 

1 oz prosecco 

Gold leaf

Cotton candy 

Method:

Add the vodka, lemon juice and pomegranate to a side car over ice. Separately, pour the prosecco into a martini glass. To serve, balance a ball of cotton candy over the martini glass and top with gold leaf before pouring over the chilled vodka, lemon juice and pomegranate mix.

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