Year of the Martini

Dry, dirty. Shaken, stirred. Whatever way you shake it, the Martini is the drink of the moment. We’re embracing the fabled tale and legendary drink that was rumored to have been created right here at The Knickerbocker by officially declaring 2024 the Year of the Martini.

In addition to our aptly named Martini Lounge, expect exciting events and special offers, tableside Martini carts and a Martini-inspired rooftop bar, DIY room service Martinis On Demand and Martini master classes. Time to turn up the volume on this long-whispered rumor and lay claim to our rightful place in New York City’s history. Join us.

Charlie Palmer Steak IV

The Knickerbocker once played host to the likes of Enrico Caruso, various Rockefellers and Fitzgerald, who famously gathered here in 1912, likely Martinis in hand. Channel the essence of the original “42nd Street Country Club” in the Martini Lounge, right in Charlie Palmer Steak IV.

The Martini Cart

Taste the original recipe of the dry martini, made right before your eyes tableside at the Martini Lounge in Charlie Palmer Steak IV. Complemented by Chef Adam Raksin’s gourmet caviar- topped- martini bite.

The Martini Rooftop Garden

The Knickerbocker’s rooftop bar is already a showstopper. But in this, the Year of the Martini, St. Cloud Rooftop will bloom into a pop-up garden inspired by popular Martini garnishes. From lemon and olive trees to rosemary bushes, savor an exclusive rooftop cocktail menu to complement the lush experience, possibly with a surprise treat from a 21+ Elevator.

Martini World Tour

What began in New York is venturing out into the world. In partnership with fellow Leading Hotels of the World properties, The Knickerbocker is taking the classic cocktail on the road hosting culinary and cultural pop-ups at L’Oscar in London, Marquis Reforma in Mexico City, and Bless in Madrid.

Martini Masterclasses

Bringing industry leading bartenders and mixologists from New York and around the world, learn how to make a variety of martinis and cocktails with insider tips and techniques. The first gathering was hosted by celebrated author and cocktail historian David Wondrich, paving the way for six subsequent Masterclasses hosted by diverse international experts throughout the year.

The Martini Cocktail and History Book

Alongside the Martini Masterclass series, cocktail historian David Wondrich will create a martini recipe and history book. Filled with classic and modern martini recipes so you can experiment at home, the book will also dive into the history of The Knickerbocker hotel bar and the significant impact it had on the history of the martini and New York City’s leading cocktail scene.

Martinis On Demand

Yes, please! With the push of a button, get a customized martini kit sent directly to your room. Equipped with mini gin bottles, vermouth, and garnishes, you can craft your own Martini in the comfort of your room and take the kit home with you. Customized Knickerbocker Martini kits by Cocktail Kingdom include a monogrammed mixing glass, Japanese-style jigger, bar spoon, a premium julep strainer, and TV-guided video instructions.

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