Bars

Your guide to bars and drinking in New York City. Whether you’re looking for a cocktail or a beer, use our guide to find the best new bars in NYC.

The best Flatiron bars in NYC
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The best Flatiron bars in NYC

New York’s best Flatiron bars span playful arcade bars, high-profile cocktail haunts and whiskey joints

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Every great beer garden NYC has to offer
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Every great beer garden NYC has to offer

Beer geeks and novices alike can find a top-rate beer garden in NYC with our list of indoor halls and outdoor bars

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The best beer bar NYC has to offer
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The best beer bar NYC has to offer

NYC’s beer bar scene stretches from the Bronx to Bed-Stuy–here are the beer bars that every hops-head needs to try

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The best West Village bars in NYC
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The best West Village bars in NYC

Whether you’re craving a bespoke cocktail or a sudsy pint, get your drink on at the best West Village bars

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The best drinking quotes of all time
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The best drinking quotes of all time

These drinking quotes will inspire you to hit up NYC’s best bars and caption crazy cocktails on Instagram

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Sanatorium
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Sanatorium

after Spending a two-year hiatus from New York in Miami to open South Beach’s Drawing Room, Austrian firecracker Albert Trummer—founder of Chinatown’s pharmacy homage Apothéke—makes his New York comeback with this hospital-themed Alphabet City newcomer. Few have forgotten Trummer’s pyrotechnic proclivities—the barman was arrested twice for pouring liquor all over Apothéke’s bar top and lighting it aflame in 2010—but here the sparks are in the form of high-class cocktails served in a barroom masquerading as a hospital waiting room. And the first-rate booze treatments here are sure to cure your ennui. ORDER THIS: Cocktail remedies ($15) on Trummer’s short but cheeky menu are listed inside a “confidential patient’s file” and sport such on-the-nose names as Stitched Up and Turn Your Head and Cough. At the long marble bar, barkeeps put on a show producing potables like the rum-based O.R. and the vodka-sloshed Recovery Time: The former is a delicate, creamy blend of pineapple, lime-infused sugarcane, Angostura bitters and house-made vanilla elixir kicked up with habanero and cilantro; the latter, a blood-red swirl of raspberry with hibiscus elixir, aromatic Earl Grey tea and lemon. GOOD FOR: A reprieve from Manhattan’s dime-a-dozen craft-cocktail bars, with their same old “posh but friendly” takes on the classics. Sanatorium captivates without playing it safe or relying on camp; instead, 1930s medical–inspired decor is paired with up-tempo electro beats, creating a lounge atmospher

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The Rosemont
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The Rosemont

The Rosemont is what happens when you put an old-line jazz club in Bushwick; you get something funkier and more free-form than your Manhattan standard. There are elements of a typical jazz joint, like the film-noir bar and its classic cocktails (Manhattan, Negroni), complete with the dapper-dressed ivory tinklers drinking them, but the latest spot from Trash Bar owner Aaron Pierce retains an eclectic New Brooklyn vibe: For every suit perched on the bar’s plush mahogany banquettes, there’s a North Brooklyn neogypsy sitting right next to ’em. ORDER THIS: Spirit-forward ancestrals and sours make up the menu. Skip a one-note daiquiri ($11) and the forgettable gin gimlet ($11) for signature pours: the smoky, bourbon-based ’69 Camaro ($13) made with bonded apple brandy, Amaro Montenegro, Angostura and tiki bitters for a full-bodied take on the old-fashioned; and the Life in Marvelous Times ($13), a refreshing gin drink that turns down cloying pineapple, St-Germain and lime with the citrus bite of Aperol and Angostura and orange bitters.GOOD FOR: One of the city’s most laid-back—and gloriously late—happy hours, offering specials like five-buck well drinks, $8 classic cocktails and $3 Coors until 9pm. That gives you plenty of time to kick it on the spacious back patio outfitted with potted palms, glass lanterns, strung white lights and teal low-top tables for resting a sweaty glass in between sets. THE CLINCHER: Live music is nearly a nightly occurrence at the bar, with a rotating ca

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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The Shipwreck Lounge
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The Shipwreck Lounge

Brooklyn is no stranger to secret supper clubs and underground speakeasies—all manner of mysterious eating and drinking establishments reside in the borough. But a late-night bar within a play is a whole new beast: The Shipwreck Lounge is only open to the public Thursdays through Sundays, following performances of the immersive 1970s-set resort play, The Grand Paradise, with a varying timetable due to the unpredictable nature of the show. It’s an admittedly capricious downside of the tropical cocktail bar, but once you manage to get in the door and flag down one of the spacey but fun-loving bartenders (servers are keen to toss small plastic mermaids into your drinks), the insider’s club begins to feel like a neighborhood haunt full of your newest down-to-earth friends. ORDER THIS: Slushie-style frozen cocktails dreamed up by Alicia Rebensdorf (also of Williamsburg’s Tuffet) are the name of the game here. Highlights include the strong and smoky Hustler ($12), served with Scotch, dark rum, Fernet and ginger beer in a smoked-salt–rimmed glass and garnished with lime and candied ginger, and the Cabana Boy ($12), a punch affair sporting aged rum, passion fruit and absinthe; its sweet orgeat syrup is offset by dry fino sherry and tiki bitters. Topping the totem pole is the spicy piña colada dubbed the Beach Party ($12), pepping up pineapple and crème de coconut with adobe pepper rum and Ancho Reyes chili liquor. GOOD FOR: Late-night revelers looking for a clandestine-cool new hang.

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Sabbia
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Sabbia

On looks alone, it recalls the Italian Riviera—bright and lively, filled with too many tourists for it to be cool, both physically and figuratively. But Sabbia—the summertime revamp of Eataly’s rooftop, which takes over the Italian Alps–themed winter pop-up Baita—is not as concerned with cool as it is with crowd-pleasing. Gooey, rib-sticking raclette has been traded for puffy clouds of Sardinian sheep’s-milk cheese; thyme-hopped ales subbed out for cheerful prosecco spritzers; and faux-snow–flecked pines shooed out for tall potted palms. It’s a beachy set-piece that seems made more for Instagram than for reality, but altogether, it’s a pleasantly low-pressure analogue to the usual jumpin’, bumpin’ New York rooftop. ORDER THIS: Those sparkling-wine cocktails ($15), available in strawberry-orange, lemon-mint and basil-cucumber permutations, err on the super-sweet side. Better is a tart Limone-Jito ($16), brightening spiced rum with fresh and fragrant limoncello, plucky passion fruit puree, lime and mint; or a tequila-swilled Calabrese Sunrise ($16), which wisely tames the sweetness of fresh watermelon juice with a rim dusted with thrumming Calabrian chilies. Your best bet, however, is the festive beer flight ($12), featuring four four-ounce Collesi beers—ranging from a low-carbonation, babylights-blond Blonda to a bready Triplo Malto—ushered to your table in canary-yellow wooden boats. GOOD FOR: A neutral safe zone where you can bring everyone from your visiting parents to a

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Cocktails in NYC
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Cocktails in NYC

Calling all booze enthusiasts! Use our guide to find the best cocktails in the city, drink recipes, bar reviews and more

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The 50 best bars in NYC
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The 50 best bars in NYC

From dives to cocktail dens and craft-brew havens to wine haunts, here are the best bars in NYC to visit right now

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The best wine bars in NYC
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The best wine bars in NYC

Wine bars are a local obsession among New York barflies

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Find a great cigar bar in NYC
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Find a great cigar bar in NYC

Lounge in a club or light ’em up for a bachelor party

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NYC's best rooftop bars
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NYC's best rooftop bars

Have a cocktail high above the city and take in spectacular views at one of the best elevated bars in NYC

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NYC beer guide
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NYC beer guide

Get the lowdown on the best beer bars to open within the past year, tastings and other boozy happenings

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Best bars by neighborhood

Best bars on the Lower East Side
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Best bars on the Lower East Side

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Best Bushwick bars
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Best Bushwick bars

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Best bars in the East Village
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Best bars in the East Village

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Best bars in Astoria
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Best bars in Astoria

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Best bars in Tribeca
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Best bars in Tribeca

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Best bars in Park Slope
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Best bars in Park Slope

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Bartender Tales

Bartender Tales: Alissa Atkinson of Precious Metal
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Bartender Tales: Alissa Atkinson of Precious Metal

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Bartender Tales: Meaghan Montagano of La Sirena
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Bartender Tales: Meaghan Montagano of La Sirena

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Bartender Tales: Brian Averbuch of Kobrick Coffee Co.
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Bartender Tales: Brian Averbuch of Kobrick Coffee Co.

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Bartender Tales: Giuseppe González of Suffolk Arms
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Bartender Tales: Giuseppe González of Suffolk Arms

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