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Winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC

Not all bars are created equal, especially this time of year. We found the best winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC, to help you beat the cold-weather blues.

Cold-weather contingency plans should include a wide range of things to do, including seeking refuge in a bar. We’ve chosen the best New York bars for warming up by thefireplace, hanging with friends, swilling winter cocktails and working your way through our ultimate guide to beer in NYC. Read on to find out which NYC bars you should hit up this winter, and what drinks you should be enjoying while you’re there.

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Sports bars

Avoid the rambunctious crowds at typical sports bars and head to these lower-key spots to watch football, basketball and more. With a long winter ahead and sports seasons just heating up—not to mention the Super Bowl landing in the NYC area in February—it’s key to find a good spot for settling in and watching the game. Here are five New York bars where you can root for your team without having to get too rowdy.RECOMMENDED: Best Winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC More winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC Best sports bars in NYC Banter Friendly groups of expats and soccer fans head to this spacious, European-style public house to cheer on their footy teams: In season, Premier League, La Liga, Champions League and MLS matches dominate the bar’s flat- and projector screens. The rotating selection of 24 taps includes American brews such as Yuengling (until 8pm $3, after $4), as well as Euro drafts like German black lager Köstritzer ($6). Stave off a midday hangover—a hazard of early-morning games—by filling your belly with one of the panini ($8), sausages ($6) and savory pies ($8) on offer. The Black Horse Pub Soccer fans show up early on weekends for European matches at this low-key British pub; it serves a $12 full English breakfast, which acts as a perfect stomach-liner for the 16 international beers on tap (rotating English specials include Boddingtons). When footy's not on, the eight TVs play whatever games the neighborhood crowd wants to watch. Boxers HK In additi

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Hotel bars

These hotel bars are throwbacks in the best sense—stake out a spot at one of these New York bars to have a drink in style. Whether you’re entertaining out-of-towners or simply want to knock one back in style, these hotel bars in New York can provide a welcome—and classy—respite from winter’s chill. Sip both classic and creative libations at the NoMad Hotel’s elegant bar—including a homey, two-story library—or experience old–New York glamour at Peacock Alley, an Art Deco joint within the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel.RECOMMENDED: Best Winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC More winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC Most popular in Bars You might also like Winter activities and things to do in New York Mark your planner with these essential winter activities, including blockbuster shows, anniversary celebrations, sophisticated balls, tasting events and more. Resist the urge to hibernate for the next three months—we’ll help you fill your calendar with an array of winter activities the season’s best cultural activities, museum exhibits, food festivals, concerts, Christmas shows and more. Best of winter Winter survival guide: 50 ways to warm up in NYC There’s more than one way to keep warm when the temperature plummets. Here are 50 ways to warm up and combat the winter blues. It’s here: winter, the darkest, coldest, saddest time of the year. But why let a little frigid air get you down? We’ve put together a guide to help the chilly and the seasonally affected find

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Quiet bars

Get away from the holiday hustle and bustle and post up at one of these quiet bars, which offer a relaxed vibe and great drinks. After a few weeks of holiday parties, you may need a quiet bar where you can relax with a friend­ (or a book—hey, it’s one of the greatest pleasures of living here) and get away from the maddening crowds. Head to one of these five quiet bars, where you’ll find plenty of warming drinks, room to relax and—most importantly—a chilled-out vibe.RECOMMENDED: Best Winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC More winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC Isle of Skye Duck into this subterranean den, whose fortresslike stone walls and robust selection of soul-warming whiskeys offer a veritable stronghold against a chilly winter night. A serious spirits list (most pours $9–$18) calls for sipping over slugging: Choose from single-malt Scotches organized by region—find Glenmorangie under “Highlands” and Bowmore under “Islay”—plus other international brands (Japan’s Hibiki, Ireland’s Bushmills) and stateside tipples (Widow Jane, Blanton’s). Wide leather couches opposite the bar form a quiet area for nursing your drinks and people-watching: Instead of the rowdy Bedford scene, you’ll see whiskey geeks and postgame soccer players from nearby McCarren Park. 347-384-2772, isleofskyepub.com The Third Man This candlelit nook captures the intrigue of its film noir namesake, but with friendly bartenders and a date-night crowd standing in for mysterious strangers. Thanks to a

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Bars for groups and large parties

Need to find a New York bar to accommodate your crew? No problem: These five New York bars are perfect for groups, both in size and vibe. During the holiday season, you’ll likely need to find a New York bar that’s big enough to hold a happy-hour gathering, Secret Santa bash or some other group outing. Take out the guesswork and head to one of these New York bars: They’re large enough to accommodate groups, but also have private spaces for rent.RECOMMENDED: Best Winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC More winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC Most popular in Bars You might also like Winter activities and things to do in New York Mark your planner with these essential winter activities, including blockbuster shows, anniversary celebrations, sophisticated balls, tasting events and more. Resist the urge to hibernate for the next three months—we’ll help you fill your calendar with an array of winter activities the season’s best cultural activities, museum exhibits, food festivals, concerts, Christmas shows and more. Best of winter Winter survival guide: 50 ways to warm up in NYC There’s more than one way to keep warm when the temperature plummets. Here are 50 ways to warm up and combat the winter blues. It’s here: winter, the darkest, coldest, saddest time of the year. But why let a little frigid air get you down? We’ve put together a guide to help the chilly and the seasonally affected find ways to warm up and stay above the weather—or revel in it. Catch a movie,

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Bars with games, Skee-Ball, trivia and other activities

Get out of your apartment and into these bars with games; they’re sure bets for alleviating any seasonal malaise. During the long, cold winter months, you’ll need a reason to get into warm clothes and leave your apartment. These bars with games offer just that: Grab some friends and head to a New York bar with books you can peruse, trivia you can play, or a plethora of pinball and video games.RECOMMENDED: Best Winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC More winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC Ace Bar If besting your pals at a bevy of games is your thing, duck into this spacious 20-plus-year-old Alphabet City mainstay. The vibe is boozy rec room, with a young, loud crowd to match; there are two Skee-Ball lanes (a Thursday-night league starts at the end of January; visit nycskee.com), pool tables and dartboards, as well as pinball machines and Big Buck Hunter. Between bouts, grab one of 12 drafts—the Bitburger pilsner ($6) is a solid choice—and check out the retro lunchboxes (Muppets, The Dukes of Hazzard) lining the walls. 212-979-8476, acebar.com Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade Joystick addicts, take note: Since opening late last year, this Lower East Side spot has become a gamer haven, offering titles dating back to the ’80s (Pac-Man, Popeye, Final Fight, Donkey Kong), as well as pinball (Fun House, Twilight Zone). After you’ve grabbed a beer (like an Anchor Steam, $6.50), pause for a moment to admire the video-game-character illustrations inlaid in the bar. One tip: Try to make

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Fireplaces at New York bars

When it’s so cold outside that drinking cocktails, beer or wine isn’t enough to warm you, the fireplaces at these New York bars should do the trick. More winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC New Yorkers are a tough breed, but when the winter chill really sets in, you’re bound to see bargoers flock to a few specific NYC bars—namely, those with fireplaces. These ten New York bars are our favorites. When it’s time to depart, there are still plenty of fun things to do and eat (including essential ramen dishes and decadent hot chocolate) to help you forget that it’s freakin’ cold out there.RECOMMENDED: Best Winter cocktails and cozy bars in NYC Most popular in Bars Alewife NYC The white-brick mantel gives the gas-fueled fireplace at this two-story beer bar a homey feel, even when the place is packed. Brewhounds can hunker down with one of the 100-plus international beers by the bottle or one of 28 on tap, but we recommend going with one of the hot punches (often mulled wine or spiked cider), served in a teakettle and ideal for sharing with a friend or romantic flame ($18). Black Mountain Wine House On weekends when escaping the city isn’t a viable option, head to this cabinlike space for a rustic retreat. Your objective: Snag a seat around the wood-burning brick hearth. Though the wine list offers a wide variety of options, sip the mulled vino ($8) to eradicate any chill left in your bones. Black Rabbit Bar Hightail it to the back of this long, narrow space to secure you

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