Best bars near Times Square

Have a pre- or post-theater drink, or just refuel for a trek around Times Square, with our guide to the best bars near Times Square.



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Beer Authority

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

The craft-beer movement has been in expansion mode recently, colonizing far-flung neighborhoods like Washington Heights (Buddha Beer Bar), Long Island City (Alewife Queens) and Bed-Stuy (Brooklyn Tap House). What’s been glaringly missing from the takeover, however, has been a foothold in the

  1. 300 W 40th St, (at Eighth Ave), 10018
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Lantern's Keep

  • Price band: 4/4

Haute cocktails aren’t easy to come by around these parts, but this intimate salon—tucked in the back of the Iroquois Hotel—provides an inviting nook for enlightened tipplers. Marble tables, pale blue velvet chairs and Impressionistic paintings help conjure the European salon scene of the

  1. The Iroquois New York, 49 W 44th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), 10036
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The New York Beer Company

Along with the Empire State–boosting Little Town NYC, this sprawling (and otherwise generic) sports bar has provided a stage for New York’s growing cast of artisanal producers. In addition to upstate standouts like Empire Cream Ale, find hyperlocal pours like Bronx Pale Ale and Sixpoint Sweet

  1. 321 W 44th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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From after-work drinks to killing time around Times Square, this subterranean surf shack is a solid card to play when faced with all manner of midtown conundrums. Though there’s kitsch aplenty, including colorful bathing suits strung up on the walls, the under-the-radar drinkery has its bona

  1. 357 W 44th St, (at Ninth Ave)
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Rum House

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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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Sake Bar Hagi

  • Critics choice

This buzzy, underground izakaya defies its dowdy location in the heart of Times Square with authentic Japanese flavors that would scare the fanny pack off most tourists. Bring a group, order a few $12 pitchers of Sapporo, and keep the small plates coming: Japanese cucumbers are served with

  1. 152 W 49th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
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