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  1. Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
    Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    The Penrose

    This Upper East Side spot stands apart from the neighborhood’s sports bars and fancier joints—its exposed-brick walls, retro decorative touches (framed vintage portraits, old typewriters) and curved wooden bar are casually sophisticated. And even though the weekend scene is raucous, it’s a good, spacious option for weeknight outings, with solid beer choices (including Troegs Perpetual IPA, $7) and an extensive whiskey selection, including Irish and American varietals, as well as rye and Scotch. If you’re rolling with a larger crew, book the private Spencer Room, which boasts its own bar and plenty of café tables to accommodate crowds (the best deals are available Sunday through Wednesday). 1590 Second Ave between 82nd and 83rd Sts (212-203-2751,


  2. Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
    Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Houston Hall

    Young after-work imbibers crowd this barnlike West Village beer hall and flock to its rotating selection of ten Greenpoint Beer Works taps. Start the night off right by ordering a comically huge liter stein of the smoky Scotch ale ($17) for each person in the group, as well as several baskets of spicy homemade potato chips with blue-cheese dip ($8.50). Larger parties would do well to plan for a midweek affair, when it’s easier to grab one of the large wooden tables; on the weekends, you’re likely to contend with a wait and a more boisterous (and bro-y) crowd. 222 W Houston St between Bedford and Varick Sts (212-675-9323,


  3. Photograph: Courtesy Antler Wine and Beer Dispensary
    Photograph: Courtesy Antler Wine and Beer Dispensary

    Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary

    Both owners of this Lower East Side drinkery used to be in bands, and they designed the bar with music in mind: Wood paneling enhances the acoustics, vintage turntables serve as decoration, and the taps have volume knobs. The vibe is mostly low-key, even when DJs are spinning, so your clique can settle in for a while. The drink menu includes six draft beers (such as the house pilsner, $6) and wine available on tap, in a box or by the glass (prices vary). There’s one large table in the narrow front, but if you have a big party, you can call ahead to reserve the low-lit back room, which can accommodate up to 40 on weathered banquettes. 123 Allen St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (212-432-5000,


  4. Photograph: Alex Strada
    Photograph: Alex Strada


    Expect to rub elbows with skinny-jeaned, Warby Parker–wearing scenesters at this basement hideaway, located beneath Rye restaurant (hence the name—it stands for Bar Below Rye). The clubby atmosphere is enhanced by weekend DJs (usually beginning after 10pm); get the party started during happy hour, which offers two-for-one beers, wine and well drinks every night from 7 to 8pm. There’s enough variety in the libation list to make everyone in your entourage happy: The bar is known for whiskey cocktails such as the Rye Stirred, a smooth blend of Rittenhouse rye, vermouth and Peychaud’s bitters ($11), but also serves draft beers and $4 cans of Bud. 247 South 1st St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-8047,


  5. The Monarch

    This heated, enclosed rooftop bar is perched 18 floors above Herald Square, far from the crowds of tourists gawking at the ma holiday windows below. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Empire State Building from the stylish enclosed outdoor lounge, where you can sip a cocktail such as the signature Monarch ($14)—a mixture of gin, grapefruit juice and lavender bitters—in a plush purple armchair. The 5,000-square-foot space offers plenty of room for a group to spread out, but call ahead if you want to reserve a private area. W 35th St at Sixth Ave (212-630-9957,


New York bars for groups and large parties

Need to find a New York bar to accommodate your crew? No problem. Here are some New York bars for groups


Please note, this list includes commercial partners, so suggestions are not curated by Time Out. 

During the holiday season, you’ll likely need to find a New York bar that’s big enough to hold a happy-hour gathering, Secret Santa bash or some other group outing. Take out the guesswork and head to one of these New York bars; they’re large enough to accommodate groups, but also have private spaces for rent.

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New York bars for groups and large parties

Max Brenner

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Samwon Garden

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We offer a private dining experience and have large spaces to offer corporate dining or birthday celebrations. Samwon Garden has been offering wonderful group dining options presenting great food, a full bar, and a great atmosphere. Samwon Garden is one of the oldest Korean BBQ restaurants in South Korea. We have been established as a barbecue house since 1976 and have kept our traditions for over 42 years.

Our barbecue & Korean Food recipes have been passed down from one generation to another to bring a traditional & quality Korean dining experience. We only use the highest quality of ingredients & authentic Samwon Garden recipes.

Xu's Public House

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The idea behind Xu’s Public House is to bring a unique, authentic Chinese dining experience to New York. The cuisine is primarily Shanghai-influenced but draws its inspiration from various of China’s many provinces. The menu, created by renowned, Shanghai-based chef Louis Shen and his staff, places particular emphasis on fresh, high-quality ingredients and eye-pleasing presentation.

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Senso Unico Restaurant is a family owned duo husband-wife neighborhood restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens offering seasonal Italian cuisine with both traditional and modern preparations of southern Italian specialties

Senso Unico in Italian means ‘one way’. As an Italian family, we believe the ‘one way’ to happiness is family, eating good food, and drinking good wine, Senso Unico is the place where you can find this

Steak 'N Lobster

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Served with a Japanese twist, SNL offers inspired takes on traditional steak and lobster classics. From our signature Kogi Steak served with sweet miso to our “Piri-Kara” Lobster, there’s something for everyone. Looking for something more relaxed? Try our New England Lobster Roll or Angus Burger. We have a tremendous bar for those after-work drinks. Our bartenders will fix you up the perfect cocktail.

Conveniently located in Chelsea, our open and spacious floorpan means there’s plenty of room for friends, family, or large groups. Just swing by, grab a drink, and get prepared for the hardest decision of your day: steak or lobster?

1 Degree Up

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Upscale and modern architectural full-functioning space in the heart of Astoria New York.


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An iconic staple of NYC for over 25 years, Lucky Cheng's is fun, friendly and full of fabulousness. Serving up captivating and outrageous performances by extraordinary drag talent from all over the world, delicious food and drink...and a DJ, Lucky Cheng's is a thrilling and hilarious experience you will cherish for years to come.


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M1-5 prides itself as one of the best places in NYC to host your event. It's a combination of our wonderful amenities, food menu and drink packages, and accommodating service that sets us apart.


This content is provided by Petrossian Boutique.

Located within steps of Central Park, Petrossian has been a landmark in New York City for over three decades. Since 2006, Petrossian’s Boutique & Café has been a hidden gem along the busy lanes of 7th Avenue. We’ve been happy to serve the historic neighborhood and take pride in providing our new and returning guests with everything they desire; from a much-needed cup of coffee or to the expertise needed to plan their next gala event. We’d love for you to join us, engage with our courteous staff and discover a luxurious and sophisticated boutique shopping experience.

Maison Bangkok

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