Bars near Times Square

Cool off with a cocktail or beer with this guide to bars near Times Square in New York.

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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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Comedy Cellar

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

Claustrophobes, beware: It gets crowded down here, especially on weekends, thanks to the immense popularity of this Village standby. Big names from Louis CK to Aziz Ansari will just drop by for a set and on any given night, you can expect to see other local greats whose acts are more X-rated than

  1. 117 MacDougal St, between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
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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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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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Gallow Green

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

There is an argument to be made that New York’s best shows are staged not in theaters, but in restaurants and bars. Like the 19th-century opera audiences who trained their binoculars on each other’s boxes, each night we seat ourselves en masse in darkened watering holes and restaurants to

  1. 530 W 27th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10001
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The NoMad Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5

For the white-collared wayfarers wandering the streets north of Madison Square Park, NoMad is a depressingly apt name. Sure, the neighborhood has seen a much-welcome rise in upstanding restaurants, but finding an any-day gastropub that doesn’t reek of postgrad brewskies is harder to come by. Who

  1. 10 W 28th St, between Fifth Ave and Broadway, 10001
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DBGB Kitchen and Bar

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

Chef Daniel Boulud doesn’t do decent, so-so or almost great. Even as he branches out around the world—with outlets in Palm Beach, Beijing and Vancouver—the perfectionist chef is forever tinkering with even his most venerable spots. Which is why it’s hardly surprising to discover that the

  1. 299 Bowery, at Houston St, 10003
  2. Average main course: $19. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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KGB Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Bespectacled lit chicks outnumber apparatchiks in this former Ukrainian social club. The dim parlor-style bar nestled in the second floor of a walk-up has Cold War decor, cheap Baltika beer, whiskey on the rocks and free readings—all of which lure New York’s literary underground, including

  1. 85 E 4th St , between Bowery and Second Ave, 10003
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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Strictly speaking, the mash-up of restaurant and retail food shop makes sense. You pop in to browse, and you stick around for a meal. But in New York, the combination has been an awkward fit. At spots like Jeffrey’s Grocery and Market Table, the shopping components, squeezed in tight near the

  1. 53 Great Jones St, between Bowery and Lafayette St, 10012
  2. Average main course: $24. AmEx, MC, V
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Attaboy

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Not all spin-offs are created equal: The best retain what you loved most about the original, with enough new material to keep things fresh—Frasier from Cheers, The Jeffersons from All in the Family—while others simply crash and burn. (Remember the Hoff-as-detective train wreck Baywatch Nights?

  1. 134 Eldridge St, between Broome and Delancey Sts, 10010
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