Bars in New York City: An A-to-Z guide

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The Abbey

  • Price band: 1/4

A catholic-with-a-small-c flock congregates nightly at the Abbey, which calls out equally to hipsters, punk rockers and problem drinkers. Old-fashioned pub decor is bathed in red light, the jukebox is solid, and the entertainment is no-frills: Deer Hunter, Ms. Pac-Man, MegaTouch, two TVs and a pool

  1. 536 Driggs Ave, between North 7th and North 8th Sts
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The Abbey Pub

  • Price band: 1/4

Throwing down a pint at this neighborhood joint is almost a religious experience, thanks to the stained-glass windows and pews that double as seating. (A nearby Lutheran church closed back in ’69, and auctioned off many of the artifacts that you now see here.) Ponder the meaning of life over one

  1. 237 W 105th St , between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10025
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Abilene

  • Price band: 1/4

Leah Allen, a Carroll Gardens artist, has decorated her watering hole with thrift store scores, a rescued church pew and a 27-foot-long bar. The cobbled together D.I.Y. aesthetic gives the place a personal feel that's echoed in the mostly-local crowd. Dog-toting Brooklynites colonize the sidewalk

  1. 442 Court St , at 3rd Pl
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Above Allen

  • Price band: 4/4

You’ll need more than your wits and a nice smile to get past the doorman—like 60 Thompson’s A60, an access card (granted to hotel guests and other privileged folk) is required for entrance. Get a peek while you can: The glass-enclosed lounge (the roof is retractable during the warmer months)

  1. Thompson LES Hotel, 190 Allen St , between E Houston and Stanton Sts
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ABV

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Last year, Earl’s Beer and Cheese emerged, seemingly from the ether, along the northern edges of the Upper East Side, bringing youthful buzz and craft brews to a ’hood that had long been a wasteland for both. Now, the previously drowsy area has received another boost from the oenocentric ABV,

  1. 1504 Lexington Ave, at 97th St
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Ace Bar

  • Price band: 1/4

No bar has a better collection of ’70s lunch boxes, and the rollicking jukebox ain’t half bad, either. Recreational opportunities abound at roomy Ace (two pool tables, Big Buck Hunter), and the 2-to-7pm happy hour, six days a week, is perfect for the serious afternoon drinker (14 beers on tap

  1. 531 E 5th St , between Aves A and B, 10009
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Aces & Eights Saloon

  • Price band: 1/4

The theme is “girls gone Wild West” at this lowbrow Upper East Side boozatorium, with horseshoe decorations and beer-pong tables in the back. The “beergarita,” a (brace yourself) vodka sour mixed with beer, goes for $7, or get two for the price of one during happy hour (daily 5–8pm).

  1. 1683 First Ave , between 87th and 88th Sts
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Aces & Eights Saloon (CLOSED)

  • Price band: 2/4

The downtown branch of the lowbrow Upper East Side boozatorium.

  1. 34 Ave A, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
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Acqua

  • Price band: 2/4

Neighborhood regulars stop in to dine on affordable, unfussy Italian basics or to relax with a glass of wine (try the $8 vermentino from the selection of six vinos by the glass). You won’t be dazzled by the space a ten-seat wooden bar and a room decorated in earthy reds and oranges but you

  1. 718 Amsterdam Ave, at 95th St
  2. Average drink: $7. AmEx, MC, V
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Adelina's

  • Price band: 1/4

Get espresso in the morning and tap wine later in the day at this café-bar. The 36-seat spot—which is modeled after the blue-collar fraschettas of Rome—also features fresh cornetti (sweet Italian croissants) and rustic savory bites, including bruschette and fried pizza.

  1. 159 Greenpoint Ave, between Manhattan Ave and McGuinness Blvd, 11222
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