Beverly's website. Bordering Chinatown and the Lower East Side, Beverly's is the cool creative's go-to bar since, well, it's owned and run by cool creatives. We talked to Dani Zorzy, artist-slash-Beverly's bartender, about her go-to holiday cocktail, and her essentials for the party season. –Sarah Kim
Photos by Minnow Park
What do you do?
I’m a visual artist. Right now I’m putting myself through grad school and bartending. How would you describe your art? Tongue-in-cheek. Playful. A juxtaposition between the heartfelt and romantic against the crass and humorous.
Where and what is Beverly's about?
Beverly’s is a bar about the neighborhood. It’s a great balance of effortless chic. It's laid back with good music and of course, art, all of which are intrinsic to the lower east side. We have curated shows that rotate every few weeks and throw lots of parties.
What makes it different from other bars?
The people who run it and the people who work there. It’s real creatives making a hang-out for the community they are a part of. Good people attract good people.
How do you transition from working in the studio on your art to working as a bartender?
I usually bring some clothes and makeup with me or have a bag already at my studio. It’s really important for my work that I live a balanced life, which means sometimes I have to stop what I’m working on and go out with friends or go bartend. It’s those interactions that I draw my inspiration from anyway.
What do you always make sure you have before a long night out?
Confidence. It’s always been and will always be the hottest look.
What makes a good party?
Good friends and good music. I feel like I can show up anywhere with my friends and just have the best time dancing.
Any make up tips or tricks?
Who doesn’t use their iPhone to fix their make up? Seriously. That’s the modern day compact mirror, ladies.
What's your go-to lip color?
Red. It’s classic, and there is a red out there for every girl, no matter your skin tone or hair color.
Best part about bar tending?
You meet so many people! People are so much more open to the person serving them drinks, than say, the person next to them. There’s that element of trust there.
What’s the most popular holiday cocktail at Beverley’s?
Hot Toddy! It’s a cozy way to warm up.
2oz. of bourbon
Honey, lemon juice, simple syrup and hot water
*Coat the bottom of a mug with honey
*Add about 2 oz. of lemon juice and some simple syrup
*Add hot water and 2 oz. of bourbon
*Stir and garnish with a lemon slice
Real talk: Where do you go to eat after the night is done?
Honestly, we close early (around 2AM, but most bars in NYC are open 'til 4!), so it's more about where we go party after. There are some other cool bars in the neighborhood but more often than not my friends convince me to head into Brooklyn.
Any hangover cures?
Brunch with your friends talking about how last night was weird with a big Bloody Mary or Michelada and torturing yourself with hot yoga. It gets those toxins out. Just be sure to drink plenty of water!
What's your favorite touristy holiday New York attraction?
The tree! It really never gets old. You’re walking there and so annoyed by all the tourists that don’t know how to cross the f-ing street and then you get there and you see the tree and it's so fantastic and glittery that you feel like a tourist in New York all over again.