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The best bars to go to alone in NYC

These are the best bars to go to alone in NYC, when you need to unplug, unwind and have a drink or two, solo-style

By Marion Bernstein and Dan Q Dao

Yes, you should visit the best bars to go to alone in NYC. Whether you’re working on your novel or just trying to carve out a little me time, there are a plethora of great bars that cater to solo goers all over the city (and there’s no shame in heading out alone). From the killer cocktail bars slinging the best negronis to the best dive bars offering Sunday happy hours, these spots are sure to offer any solo drinker a little peace of mind.

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Best bars to go to alone in NYC

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11. Grassroots Tavern

Bars Dive bars East Village

One of the only true remaining dive bars on St. Mark's, this no-frills (and we mean zero frills) cellar is the single best spot for a cheap beer if you want to be alone downtown. No one will approach you, no one will bother you.

12. Mother’s Ruin

Bars Cocktail bars Nolita

Things can get a little wild at Richard Knapp and TJ Lynch's anything-goes Nolita favorite, but if you want to be left alone, no one will really bother you. That being said, there's a decent potential to meet someone new if the chemistry is right.


13. Seaborne

Bars Cocktail bars Red Hook

A much-welcomed addition to Red Hook's bar scene is this dimly lit, jazz-soundtracked gem slinging a menu of classics curated by bar woman Lucinda Sterling. Located on a quiet tree-lined street near the waterfront, it offers an almost therapeutic refuge from Manhattan's hustle-and-bustle.

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14. Dante

Bars Cocktail bars Greenwich Village

Despite boasting one of the city's most acclaimed cocktail programs, this café by day, bar by night is surprisingly relaxed. Service is polite, drinks (particularly the negronis) always warrant a second order and an array of snacky yet healthy dishes are perfect for solo dining.


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Bars Cocktail bars West Village

Hidden behind a fortune teller's shop, this longstanding West Village cocktail gem is also one of Manhattan's better hookup bars (we know at least two people who've met their spouses-to-be there). That of course doesn't mean the drinks and grub are sloppy—sidle up to the counter and chat up the expert bar men for suggestions on classic quaffs, and seek out the beef tartare if you're hankering for something savory.

16. Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Bars Cocktail bars East Village

People-watchers, take note: There's always crazy stuff going on at Holiday, especially as the night grows older. Sip a soothing drink while watching debauchery unfold, or strike up a conversation with someone who catches your eye.

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17. Ninth Avenue Saloon

Bars Dive bars Hell's Kitchen

Men who like men can get away from the typical rowdy Hell's Kitchen scene at one of the neighborhood's longest-running haunts, this comparatively low-key dive with a mixed crowd of both straight and gay patrons. Inside, find free popcorn alongside two-buck drafts, a photo booth and a jukebox.

18. The Wicked Monk

Bars Pubs Bay Ridge

What would this list be without Irish pubs? Sure, this authentic monastery decor at this Bay Ridge stalwart may be a little dated, but it’s still a great place to guzzle a beer and watch the game on your own.

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19. Park Bar

Bars Lounges Union Square

It's hard to pinpoint one thing that makes this Union Square boîte such a fitting place for solo boozing; rather, it's a combination of amicable bartenders and the colorful cast of characters that frequent the joint. Whether it's a post-work beer or an end-of-the-night sip, comfort is king at Park Bar.

20. Union Pool

Bars Lounges Williamsburg

Long touted as one of New York's top hookup bars, you're more likely to find Mr./Ms. Right Now than Mr./Ms. Right. Still, it's always a fun time cruising through a crush of similarly single (read: horny) Williamsburg peeps who are looking for the same thing, with some liquid courage making it all easier.

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