Bars near the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Chill out with a cocktail or beer with this guide to bars near the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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Rum House

  • Price band: 2/4
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In 2009, this rakish, 1970s-vintage piano bar in the Edison Hotel looked destined to go the way of the 99¢ peep show. But the team behind Tribeca mixology den Ward III ushered in a second act, introducing some key upgrades (including serious cocktails) while maintaining the charmingly offbeat

  1. 228 W 47th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 10036
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Fairytail Lounge

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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This Hell's Kitchen watering hole packs a lot of glittery, pseudo-Victorian personality into a small space. Patrons can sip cocktails off the backs of sexy centaur mannequins, or park at the bar while bopping their heads to tunes from various DJs during weekly theme nights.

  1. 500 W 48th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
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Rattle N Hum

  • Price band: 2/4
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Owner Patrick Donagher is more interested in converting craft-beer newbs than scaring them off: A giant chalkboard wall suggests craft alternatives to mainstream swill, and a daily-changing menu offers 40 mostly American drafts ($7--$9), to help you find your new favorite beer. Purists gravitate

  1. 14 E 33rd St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
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Roof at Park South

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Gotham’s top-notch cocktail haunts come tucked in restaurant basements, stuffed behind unmarked storefronts and hidden in hot-dog shacks. Rarely do you find quality drinks in the DJ-soundtracked, pool-soaked terrain of rooftop bars—until now. Enter Tim and Nancy Cushman, the husband-and-wife

  1. 125 E 27th St , between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave, 10016
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Empire Hotel Rooftop

  • Price band: 4/4

This rooftop lounge, backed by restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, features 3,000 square feet of outdoor space and private chaise longue-equipped cabanas. Three separate terraces offer views of Lincoln Center and Central Park, and an appropriately sleek bar—constructed of stacked metal

  1. 44 W 63rd St, between Broadway and Columbus Ave
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The Cannibal

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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With its deli fridges stocked with ales and lagers, and its aged steaks and whole hams dangling from steel hooks, the Cannibal could double as the set of a new dude-food show on the Cooking Channel. Run by guys and packed with them, the place is so unabashed in its bromance for craft beer and

  1. 113 E 29th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Aves, 10016
  2. Average small plate: $11. AmEx, MC, V
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Hudson Terrace

  • Price band: 4/4

Once a strictly private-events space, this bi-level venue from the owners of Village Pourhouse opens its temperature-controlled, weather-shielded roof deck to the public most nights of the week until 10pm. Drinks, which include cocktails like mojitos, as well as wine and beer, can be sipped while

  1. 621 W 46th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
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Ardesia

  • Price band: 2/4
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Le Bernardin vet Mandy Oser’s iron-and-marble gem offers superior wines in a relaxed setting. The 75-strong collection of international bottles is a smart balance of Old and New World options that pair beautifully with the eclectic small plates. Our grüner veltliner—a dry, oaky white from the

  1. 510 W 52nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Average glass of wine: $10. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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The Ravel Rooftop Bar & Lounge

  • Price band: 4/4
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This 6,000-square-foot, candlelit rooftop crowns the Ravel Hotel in Long Island City. The garden terrace is furnished with plush orange chairs and features clear views of the Manhattan skyline and the Queensboro Bridge. The 40-foot bar serves draft beers such as Blue Moon and Sam Adams, along with

  1. 8-08 Queens Plaza South, at Vernon Blvd, 11101
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The Pony Bar

  • Price band: 1/4
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Hell’s Kitchen has long been a dead zone for civilized bars, but this sunny paean to American microbrews is an oasis. There are 20 beers on tap and two cask ales, artfully listed on signboards according to provenance and potency. The thoughtful selections include Dogfish Head’s peachy Festina

  1. 637 Tenth Ave, at 45th St
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