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Best bars on the Upper East Side: The essential drinking spots

Find the best bars in the neighborhood, whether you prefer unpretentious pubs, sophisticated wine bars or swanky cocktail lounges.

Whatever your poison, the Upper East Side offers several worthwhile drinking options—the best bars in the neighborhood include classic hotel lounges and convivial beer bars. Plus, a hip enclave pioneered by Earl’s Beer and Cheese—which includes destinations for cocktails and wine—has taken root in a northern corner of the nabe.

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