NYC Bars

A list of my favourite drinking spots in NYC:

Brandy Library – Fantastic place for an apperitif before dinner or to unwind after said dinner. Very upmarket, they have their [huge] selection of liquers lined along the walls, hence the name. Come here to order your favourite tipple and have it poured/presented the way it was intended – | Nbrhood: TriBeCa

Ulysses – Placed amongst the row of bars on Stone St, this place has Irish roots but with a non-stereotypical vibe. A good place for breakfast & brunch – | Nbrhood: Financial District

Von – A good place to grab a drink after shopping in SoHo. It has a decent selection of ales along with a wallet friendly happy hour; used to be an antiques store so it has a great atmosphere – | Nbrhood: NoHo

Ward III – “Swanky cocktail den” in TriBeCa that offers a laid back vibe mixed with high end drinks; a perfect spot for pre/post dinner drinks. Get the bar man to make a cocktail based on your preferences – | Nbrhood: TriBeCa

Birreria – A great brewery housed on top of Mario Battali’s Eataly. All ales are brewed on the roof, this place is open year round and is a great spot in spring before the heat wave rolls in – | Nbrhood: Flatiron

PDT – The ultimate in speakeasy / prohibition drinking hole; I won’t tell you much so as not to spoil the surprise but I will recommend the Paddington off the eclectic cocktail menu – | Nbrhood: East Village/Alphabet City

TriBeCa Taphouse – Newly opened bar/restaurant in Tribeca. Large selection of draft ales along with a good atmosphere. We watched the SuperBowl here and had a great time – | Nbrhood: TriBeCa

The Patriot Saloon – Close to the Racoon Lodge in TriBeCa, this dive bar offers cheap pitchers and a relaxed atmosphere. Warning: the bar maids will make you do shots 🙂 – | Nbrhood: TriBeCa

Anotheroom – From the same owners of The Other Room but in TriBeCa; low lighting, good drinks, nice – | Nbrhood: TriBeCa

The Other Room – Great place for a date; low lighting and a good selection of wine bottled beers – | Nbrhood: West Village

The Hideaway – Not really hidden away but none the less a cool bar in TriBeCa. Good bar to grab a couple of drinks before/after a meal – | Nbrhood: TriBeCa

Puffy’s Tavern – Casual bar in the heart of TriBeCa. Good selection of drinks and a laid back atmosphere – | Nbrhood: TriBeCa

230 Fifth – A great rooftop bar/club/restaurant in Midtown. Open until 4am and with a SUPERB view of the Empire State building as it’s situated on the 20th Floor. A great place to soak in the NYC atmosphere – | Nbrhood: Midtown 

Ear Inn – One to rival McSorleys as the oldest ‘working’ bar in NYC. They say it’s called ‘Ear’ because the sign was that old initially it was called ‘Bar’ but the sign degraded over time leaving ‘Ear’. Anyhow, if you’re in the SoHo district it’s well worth checking out and trying an Ear Inn Ale – | Nbrhood: South Village

O’Hara’s Downtown – Another Jersey City bar, this is our local/go to bar when we want a traditional American sports bar experience. Cheap beers [$2.50 Coors Light], a friendly bar manager, lots of TV’s for the sport, live music and decent food. The PepperJack Burger is delicious – | Nbrhood: Jersey City

McSorleys Old Ale House – New Yorks oldest ale house. You get a choice of light or dark ale, nothing else so there’s no deliberating at the bar. Sawdust on the floor, bartenders in traditional attire and wishbones above the bar add charm. Get there early to avoid the squash –  | Nbrhood: East Village

Skinners Loft – This bar/restaurant is in Jersey City but it has a great atmosphere and the actual bar is very nice. Food is good and it has a roof terrace for the warmer evenings – | Nbrhood: Jersey City

The Frying Pan – An old Lightship that is now docked near Pier 66 and transformed into a bar; great to grab a bucket of beers on a warm day. Great views of the Hudson and it’s close to Kayak Manhattan if you want to get on the water. Only open from May to October – | Nbrhood: Chelsea (Pier 66)

The Griffin – Located in the Meatpacking district opposite The Collective & Plunge; my other half went there on a Hen Party and highly recommended it. I’ll update when I’ve visited 🙂 – | Nbrhood: Meatpacking

Plunge – A stylish lounge-bar located on the rooftop of the Hotel Gansevoort. It has stunning city views of Chelsea and uptown Manhattan which means the drinks are little more expensive than normal but well worth it – | Nbrhood: Meatpacking

Bua Bar – Perfect place for after dinner drinks; warm inviting bar with exposed brick and a well-stocked bar. Good cocktail list and playing a good eclectic mix of music – | Nbrhood: East Village/Alphabet City

Dublin6 – Not your average Irish bar; situated in the [West] Village this place has an air of class about it. Screens for sports but sound off and they have some decent music playing. They serve a full pint (20oz) which is nice. Also recommended for the brunch on Sats & Suns which comes with two free drinks – | Nbrhood: West Village

Fat Cat – Probably one of the most different drinking spots in NYC. It’s like a grown up Youth Club…how many places can you see people playing speed chess, table tennis, pool and all the time having a 12-piece orchestra playing in the background? Check it out for something different – | Nbrhood: West Village

Warren 77 – A really cool & unique sports bar that is part owned by NY Rangers hockey player Sean Avery. Typical local hang out in Tribeca, good for food and drinks as well as watching the game – | Nbrhood: TriBeCa

The Snug Bar – Cool place to hit if you’re in the Theatre District, it’s also away from all the tourists. 9th Ave between 50th St & 51st St – | Nbrhood: Hells Kitchen

Rudy’s Bar & Grill – Probably the only place to get a pitcher of beer for $9 in NYC! Pints are $3 too – good atmosphere, loud music so perfect to get the night started – 9th Ave near 44st – | Nbrhood: Hells Kitchen

Iron Monkey – If you go across the Hudson to take in the Manhattan views I would recommend a beverage or two at the Iron Monkey, it’s a cool bar with 33 beers on tap and it also has a rooftop bar for summer evenings – | Nbrhood: Jersey City

Zeppelin Hall – This is a great drinking venue in the style of a German/Eastern European beer hall. The place is huge and so are the beers! Served in half or full litre steins. It also has a huge beer garden and is great for watching sport – | Nbrhood: Jersey City

Raccoon Lodge – Any place with a pink hippo suspended from the roof is worth a visit. Raccoon Lodge is a cool dive bar in the heart of Tribeca, a good place to hang out at the bar. 59 Warren St,(between Broadway & Church St), NY 10007 – | Nbrhood: TriBeCa

Heartland BreweryThese places are dotted all over NY and are great for a refreshing drink from one of their craft-beers. All beers are homebrewed so you get some nice seasonal ales, I’d recommend the Pumpkin Ale or the Rooster – | Nbrhood: All over NYC

Red Lion NYC – Agreed it sounds like an ex-Pat bar but it’s not. I had a friend stay recently who used to live in NYC and he put me onto it. It’s a great place in Greenwich Village and has some really good live music – | Nbrhood: Greenwich Village

Cabrito [CLOSED] – A great mexican bar that does good happy-hour deals, located in Greenwich Village. Recommend sitting at the bar and having a couple of $3 Dos Equis’ – | Nbrhood: Meatpacking

The Collective [CLOSED] – One of my favourite bars, it boast’s an ‘active living/dining’ room experience due to most items being recycled. It’s great for a night out as the DJ’s play funky music. I also recommend getting a punch bowl cocktail & sharing with friends, trust me it’s not as trashy as it sounds – | Nbrhood: Meatpacking


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