Everything’s easier at the bar. Your dive’s beer is ice cold, the wine bar has harder-to-find bottles, and cocktail destinations shake and stir myriad ingredients into ideally calibrated glassware. The options are unending, the ice is nicer, and you aren’t just drinking, you’re at the spot.
Whether you’ve recently curated the best to-go cocktails in your neighborhood, learned to make the classics at home or simply become a super-regular at the liquor store, it's time to take it easy once more. These are the 50 best bars in NYC.