Angel’s Share, New York’s legendary cocktail bar, may be about to close

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Rumors swirl about the uncertain future of the notorious East Village speakeasy, Angel’s Share. Last week, New York Times journalist Alex Vadukul tweeted that the cocktail bar, along with the adjoining izakaya Village Yokocho and nearby Japanese grocery store and bakery Sunrise Mart and Pan Ya, respectively, were facing “massive rent increases” and appeared likely to close at the end of the month. An Angel’s Share bartender told Grub Street later in the week that the bar was likely to close, although plans were underway to relocate. Gothamist heard the same story during a similar visit. The bar’s ownership did not respond to requests for comment from anyone – including Eater – and building owner Cooper Union also remained silent amid the recent news frenzy.

The legendary bar — named after how little alcohol is lost through evaporation when liquor is aged in barrels — has been an East Village staple for nearly 30 years. He is widely known as a pioneer of New York’s premium craft cocktail movement.

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