On your next night out with friends, step into Victorian-era Burma without leaving New York with a visit to Pegu Club. Inspired by the legendary gentlemen’s club of the same name in Rangoon, where British army officers and civilian administrators drank house cocktails made of gin, orange cointreau, and lime as they divided up the world, this posh Soho sipping spot not only evokes the ghosts of the past, it also serves some of the most amazing and well-crafted cocktails in all of New York. Escort your mates into the elegant space, where potted palms and latticed windows exude an eastern vibe, and peruse the drink menu. The dedication to the art of mixology is evident right away, as the inventors of each drink are given credit with their names and the date of creation listed underneath each one, just as you’d find at an art museum. This is definitely the place to try something exotic like the Serendipity, which is mixed with Scotch, apple brandy, cucumber, honey, lemon, and egg whites. One sip and you’ll taste the artisanal ingredients and care that go into it. Almost everything in this bar is house made, from the various infusions to the ginger beer, making it just the place for people sick of overly-sweet cocktails filled with mass-market mixers. The food menu is made to pair with the drinks, so split a plate of crispy squid or chicken wontons for a pre-dinner snack before ordering a round of Pegu cocktails for the group. Raise a glass to the old empire—and its fine cocktail traditions.