There are more bars in New York City than there are nights to try them all! What a problem we have here. Although you could make it your mission to try them all, I thought I would give you some tips to get you started. These are the 20 bars I think you should try in New York City. Some of them have fancy mixology cocktail lists, some are neighborhood-favorite dive bars, some have hundreds of beers on offer, some are trendy and others are comfortable, but they’re all worth a visit! Next time you’re in NYC, give these bars a try…
Best Bars in New York City
1 | McSorley’s Old Ale House
15 East 7th Street, NY, NY
Sitting as thick in history as in beer, this Americana-covered bar is the perfect spot to grab a cold one. When you drink here you’ll be in good company, sitting at the same bar as some famous figures. And be sure to remember the golden rule…Be good or be gone!
2 | PDT
113 St Marks Place, NY, NY
The secret’s out about Please Don’t Tell, the hidden bar behind Crif Dogs hot dogs shop. Enter the bar through the phone booth in the back of Crif’s, but plan on either booking a reservation weeks in advance or waiting in line for hours to get a coveted seat!
3 | Summit Bar
133 Avenue C, NY, NY
There are the type of bars of specialize in creating Instagram-worthy cocktails. And then there are the types of bars where they know you’re name and you always feel welcome. And at Summit Bar you get both, so you don’t have to choose!
4 | 11th Street Bar
510 East 11th Street, NY, NY
With live music on tap five nights a week including a weekly Irish seisun, let 11th Street Bar be your go-to spot for an evening filled with good music and good people. Brits will continue to feel at home here as it serves as the home of the Liverpool Supporters Club!
5 | Ear Inn
326 Spring Street, NY, NY
There’s no better spot to enjoy a drink than the city’s oldest continually operating bar. They didn’t stop for prohibition and they’re not stopping now! Go to Ear Inn and celebrate our right to enjoy a drink any night of the week. Try the classic pub food while you’re there too.
6 | Employees Only
510 Hudson Street, NY, NY
This speakeasy is about as cool as they come. With a carefully curated menu and carefully crafted interior, Employees Only begs you to stop in and enjoy an award-winning cocktail. And there are influences of Croatia throughout thanks to one of the founders’ heritage!
7 | Sunny’s
253 Conover Street, Brooklyn, NY
A relic of the old Brooklyn, Sunny’s is a favorite among New Yorkers and with Anthony Bourdain. This no-frills dive bar is a neighborhood staple, with live music filling up the bar nearly every night.
8 | Seamstress
339 East 75th Street, NY, NY
Happy hour with dollar oysters and a summer rosé bar are a couple of the features of this uber-cool bar. And with bartenders as committed to their craft as you are to enjoying your drink, you’ll find a delicious cocktail in every glass here at Seamstress.
9 | The Heights
11 East 31st Street, NY, NY
You may have noticed that I have a soft spot for rooftop bars. There’s just nothing better than a drink with a view. And at The Heights you’ll find the best views of the Empire State Building in all of Manhattan. So grab a seat and a drink and enjoy!
10 | 7B
108 Avenue B, NY, NY
Call it 7B, call it Vazac’s, or call it Horseshoe bar, but whichever way you call it, you can count on this bar for a good drink. You’ll recognize it from appearances in The Godfather Part II and Crocodile Dundee. So when you’re in the Alphabet City neighborhood, stop in at 7B!
11 | ABC Beer Co.
96 Avenue C, NY, NY
This craft beer brings together over 350 varieties of craft beers, and 12 rotating draft beers. Sounds like a beer-aficionado’s dream, and you can even fill up your growler here! Named for its neighborhood, ABC Beer Co. is found in the heart of Alphabet City.
12 | Blind Tiger
281 Bleecker Street, NY, NY
A self-proclaimed OG of the NYC beer scene, Blind Tiger offers up a wide selection of microbrews. This well-loved watering hole gets busy but stick it out because it’s worth the wait!
13 | Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, NY
Bohemian Hall is one of the oldest and largest beer gardens in the city, making it the perfect gathering spot for a cold brew with friends. With Czech and Slovak beers and snacks to enjoy and entertainment options nearly every day, this beer garden will be your new summer favorite!
14 | Elmo
156 7th Avenue, NY, NY
This fashionable and trendy gay bar is the epitome of cool in the Chelsea neighborhood. Stop in at Elmo for a drink and some people-watching because here it’s always a fun time!
15 | Lupulo
835 6th Avenue, NY, NY
The industrial chic interior will draw you in to Lupulo for a drink at the horseshoe bar. And you’ll delight to find dollar oysters and $4 Portugese beers to wash them down during happy hour!
16 | Randolph Beer
343 Broome Street, NY, NY
Rustic and chic, Randolph’s is everything you could want it to be. Come here for comfort food and a smooth brew, and you’ll feel right at home at this NOLITA neighborhood staple.
17 | Tacombi
255 Bleecker Street, NY, NY
Cervezas, frijoles, and tacos are on menu at this Mexican enclave located in the Village. There’s a light and fun air to this watering hole, with an authentic menu that will make you swear you’ve somehow crossed over the border!
18 | The Standard Biergarten
848 Washington at 13th Street, NY, NY
Giant steins of German beer cover the tables of this large beer garden under the High Line, where you buy tickets from a booth before cashing them in for your beer at the bar. The playful German circus vibe extends to the menu of giant franks and pretzels to enjoy alongside your giant beer!
19 | BathTub Gin
132 9th Avenue, NY, NY
This modern speakeasy features a bathtub right in the center of the bar! It’s a nod to the prohibition times when gin was steeped in the tub for days with other flavors in order to become palatable. Come have a fancy cocktail and take a sit in the tub while you’re at it!
20 | Dead Rabbit
30 Water Street, NY, NY
Dead Rabbit is the modern Irish bar that’s topped the list as world’s best bar two years in a row! If that’s not enough to get you in the door, go for the ever-changing menu of craft cocktails or the interesting décor of photos and notes stapled to the walls.