Last week, I wrote about my Top 10 Best Places to Eat in NYC, and so it's only fitting that I follow that up with something to wash it down...
As I mentioned in the aforementioned post, there are just way too many establishments in New York City to ever really experience them all. Your journey through NYC Food & Drink discovery engenders itself entirely through recommendations or random trial and error.
The bars that made this list were based on my own experience, and I know there's a hundred other great ones! These were just the ones I'd recommend you if you asked me, based on the great memories I made there, or the experiences that left a lasting impression.
Enough already- you're thirsty!
10. Angel's Share
Address: 8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)
The amazing thing about New York City is that there are all of these really cool, hidden bars that you would never find, and offer something truly unique inside. They literally don't advertise themselves, because word-of-mouth moves everyone in the city. This is how the locals get away from the tourists in an already over-crowded city.
Angel's Share is one such bar, unsuspectingly located above an asian restaurant downtown. The cocktails are unique and excellent, and the angel-themed art on the walls are something to marvel at. It's a cool part of the city too, and a fun place to walk around before and after.
9. The Three Diamond Door
Address: 211 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)
I had to get at least one place in Brooklyn on the list, and I chose "Three Diamond." If you're a fan of hole-in-the-wall bars with good music and a grungier, darker atmosphere, this is your spot. There are three major sections that open up to you once you get inside, including an outdoor patio. They've usually got some great tequila-tecate combo deals (like the rest of Brooklyn), and they've got prosecco on top. I mean, come on.
8. The Tippler
Address: Chelsea Market, 425 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)
One of many underground old, rustically-themed speakeasies in NYC, The Tippler sits directly underneath Chelsea Market, one of the attractions you should definitely familiarize yourself if you visit the city, and where I used to work for Major League Baseball. The Tippler has excellent drinks, and some great live music every now and then, and is a hotspot for the locals. The cocktails are even pricier than many of its highly-priced peers, but you're paying mostly for the atmosphere here. It's definitely worth a visit.
7. Yotel Terrace
Address: 570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (Hell's Kitchen)
I can't find enough good things to say about Yotel. I stumbled upon this terrace with amazing city views when I randomly reserved a room here one night because of a great Cyber Monday deal I found a year and a half ago that gave me a sweet discounted rate on an awesome room. To learn more about how to find Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals (aka How to Ball Hard) click here.
Again, great drinks, a nice mediterranean menu to go with it, and an atmosphere that's hard to beat whether it's day or night. They also set up an outdoor movie theatre periodically that feels like a drive-in theatre with the city in the backdrop. How cool is that?!
6. McSorely's Old Ale House
Address: 15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)
This bar was established in 1854. Abraham Lincoln drank here.
*picks up mic*
No, but seriously, this is one of the oldest relics New York City has to offer, and one of the first places I ever had a drink in NYC. You have two options: Light Ale or Dark Ale. And you'll get two mugs when you order. It's cash only, and when you see their register and how busy it gets, you'll understand why. It's awesome to watch. Take a look around when you go in to see some amazing history.
Address: 148 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)
If you were born in the 1960's or earlier, this is the closest thing you will ever get to experiencing the epic life that Jeff Bridges lived in the movie TRON. There are three (I think) in the NYC area, but the one in Chelsea seems to have the best selection of classic arcade games, including Mario Bros, NBA Jam, Crazy Taxi, and Pacman. It doesn't stop there though- their draft beer selection is on point, and it's worth going to even if you're not going there to play any games. But, who would do that?
4. Pod 39 Rooftop Lounge & Bar
Address: 145 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
This is one of the best bars, visually, I've ever seen in my life. I can't get over architecture that surrounds the perimeter of this rooftop bar. It feels like you're in some ancient ruin that was remodeled for your lounging pleasure but the roof was purposely left off for your viewing pleasure. I've come up here several times, but was only able to get a drink once because this place gets slammed around dinner time. Check it out during the day if you can, or find a way to get in early at night.
Address: 48 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)
Best place to play Ping Pong in the entire world. SPiN plays host to all kinds of events; ping pong tournaments, corporate gatherings, and parties, as well as being an everyday spot for good drinks, good food, and great music. One of the coolest things about this bar is that you can see people swinging away from the subway. Since it's underground, those who are riding The 6 Train through 23rd Street Station will catch a glimpse of all the fun. I was almost a regular here. Just make sure to go during off-peak hours, or it can get pricey in a hurry!
2. Baita by Birreria (aka Eataly Rooftop)
Address: 200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)
Can you tell I like rooftops? Let's be real- who doesn't? There are dozens of them in the city, though, and there are good reasons this one tops the list in my mind. The atmosphere is hard to beat- especially on a summer day, and some of the best food in the city (supplied by a giant Italian market a few floors below called Eataly) is at your disposal. They've got great wine and beer on tap (as expected), and for all those reasons it became one of my go-to spots when people came into town, as well as when those people left it.
1. Library Bar at Hudson
Address: 358 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019
I had a hard time choosing a #1 from all the great places listed above, but I settled on the Library Bar for a few reasons that are completely subjective. It was perhaps my favorite place to have a drink in the city because it felt so good to sit there and feel what it would be like to realize one of my biggest dreams. I genuinely wish to have a giant library in my future home someday, full of books I've read, with a giant ladder and catwalk leading to them all.
This is where I would relax, ingest knowledge, ponder, and sip on a cocktail. So, it was a miniature heaven for me, and an opportunity to work towards manifesting heaven on Earth. It would double as a lounge, with dark wood tones and dim lighting, yet welcoming with cozy fireplaces.
The cocktails are pricey, but living the dream is priceless.
I hope you enjoyed this list make some new discoveries because of it! I'd love to hear about your favorite places in the comments section below! Make sure to stay in touch by following me on Facebook and Instagram for more Travel Tips and Inspiration.