This subterranean spot honors decades past with drinks such as the Shirley Temple Black—a sophisticated blend of rye, Maurin, ginger simple syrup, and lemon juice. Vintage posters throughout the bar heighten the drinks’ nostalgia factor, and hearty clam chowder gives them something substantial to pair with.
Housed in an 1868 building, Stoddard’s embraces its history in both decor and conduct. Barkeeps hand-shave ice as they make period cocktails beneath pressed-tin ceilings at an ornate wooden bar. Sip a moscow mule—a 1940s-era concoction of vodka, lime, and ginger beer—before digging into ale-battered Atlantic cod or steak tartare.