Bars in New York City

Description

“Straight-up delicioso” describes both the food and the scene at this ever-“trendy” SoHo Mexican comprising a “dive”-like taqueria, casual indoor/outdoor cafe and “ultracool”, hard-to-access underground grotto; the Williamsburg spin-off set in a “futuristic retro diner” comes equipped with a moody back room and “huge outdoor patio.” --Zagat

Address

114 Kenmare St

Neighborhood

SoHo

Vibes

Classy Late Night Pickup Lively

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

“Watch the game in style” at this “dressed-up” Flatiron sports bar, where “tons of TVs” team up with a “trendy”, “social” scene fueled by an “extensive cocktail list” and “above-average” bar bites; “guys with popped collars” are understandably stoked, even if the tabs are “not cheap.”

Address

122 W 26th Street

Neighborhood

Chelsea

Vibes

Chill Sports

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

High-end, classic & original craft cocktails in a hip, bi-level setting. A noteworthy spot in Murray Hill

Address

154 E 33rd Street

Neighborhood

Murray Hill

Vibes

Chill Fancy Romantic

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

A “semi-speakeasy” behind a semi-hidden entrance, this “sceney” but “relaxed” West Villager ranks among the “all-time favorites” for “phenomenal cocktails” via “bartenders who treat their craft as an art”; since it “tends to get packed”, those in the know employ it as a “late-night alternative.” --Zagat

Address

510 Hudson St

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Late Night Lively

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Speakeasy-style bar in the East Village offering exotic cocktails in a cool, hard-to-find space.

Address

8 Stuyvesant St

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Chill Classy Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

“Mixology at its finest” is the draw at this “edgy” East Village speakeasy, a “super-dark”, no-standing hideaway offering “memorable” drinks served by a “pleasant” crew; even though it can be “a pain to get in” and it's “not cheap”, the payoff is “unique”, only-in-NY drinking. --Zagat

Address

433 E 6th St

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Classy Fancy Late Night Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

This “dark, secretive” Village basement “cocktails oasis” with a speakeasy vibe, serves “bespoke cocktails” that are “conversation pieces in and of themselves”; despite being “crazy expensive” (and cash-only) it's so “killer” that it's always busy – expect “a bit of a hassle to get a seat.” --Zagat

Address

22 7th Ave S

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Late Night Romantic Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

This second-floor bar above Five Guys creates a handsome setting with original exposed brick and other old-fashioned touches that take a cue from its 1908 building. Guests can kick back in the bar area or a loungey nook by the retired fireplace, sipping cocktails and even ordering up some burgers from downstairs. --Zagat

Address

296 Bleeker St

2nd Floor

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Lively Speakeasy Social

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Upscale bar modeled after a vintage railway car with classic cocktails and homemade mixers.

Address

W 11th St

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Turks and Frogs is the West Village’s wine bar, epitomizing all the intimacy and novelty of this neighborhood. Turks and Frogs offers a wine list that is the envy of other wine bars, both spanning the world and satisfying even the discerning lover of wine.

Address

323 W 11th St

#2

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Romantic Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

This “transformed” NoHo bistro’s latest iteration is a “pleasant surprise” offering “tasty” upmarket French-Italian dishes and “sophisticated” cocktails, downed by a “lively”, “trendy” crowd; with its downstairs lounge and “party” vibe, it “fits the neighborhood to a T.” --Zagat

Address

9 Great Jones St

Neighborhood

NoHo

Vibes

Classy Club Fancy Social Late Night Lively Pickup Romantic

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Weekends are lively at this neighborhood tavern offering Irish-accented pub food alongside the beer.

Address

56 Greenwich Ave

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Social Late Night Lively Pickup

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

“Barber by day, bar by night” sums up this “unique” East Villager, a men's haircutter proffering a flat-rate trim-and-a-drink deal till 9 PM, when snipping yields to “speakeasy-ness” as a “secret bar” in the back room starts pouring “creative” cocktails; since word's out and it gets “overcrowded”, insiders let their hair down on “off nights.” --Zagat

Address

339 E 10th St

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Chill Social Late Night Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Primo “people-watching” abounds at this “fun”, all-day Bowery Hotel Italian that lures “scenesters” with a “romantic”, “country-chic” setting festooned with “hundreds of candles”, plus a sidewalk patio; “tasty” fare, “attentive service” and “fair prices” make the “no-rez” policy (except for hotel guests) less of a drag. --Zagat

Address

335 Bowery

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Chill Classy Social Romantic

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Creative Mexican fare with Eastern flavors in hip surrounds with a retro vibe, booths & funky lamps.

Address

151 Essex Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Classy Club Social Late Night Lively Pickup

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Accessed through a phone booth in Crif Dogs, this speakeasy-style East Village lair features bartending “experts” who whip up “fancy concoctions” (at “fancy prices”) in “intimate”, “taxidermied” digs; the initials stand for 'Please Don't Tell', but since “everyone's been told”, it's best to make advance reservations. --Zagat

Address

113 St. Marks Place

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Classy Fancy Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Casual Swiss spot with European rail-station-restaurant vibe & a hidden late-night space in back. --Zagat

Address

212 Lafayette St

Neighborhood

SoHo

Vibes

Chill Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

“In-the-know” types like this Little Italy “mixology paradise”, an unmarked cellar speakeasy where “professional” barkeeps whip up “spectacular” bespoke cocktails “tailored to your taste”; it's a “nothing-fancy” space outdone by its “awesome back patio”, but that doesn't preclude occasional “door drama.” --Zagat

Address

149 Mulberry St

Neighborhood

Little Italy

Vibes

Classy Late Night Pickup Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Bringing Brooklyn-worthy dimensions to the South Village, this massive, 5,000-sq.-ft.beer hall follows through with a distressed, neo-industrial design that’s a mix of exposed brick, communal tables and steel beams galore (it was carved out of a former parking garage); the suds come courtesy of Greenpoint Beer Works, while the crowds – and you should expect crowds – come from all over the place. --Zagat

Address

222 W Houston St

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Lively Social Sports

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Hip, rustic bar serving cocktails & Luzzo's pizza in a brick-lined space with Edison bulbs & TVs.

Address

310 Bowery

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Classy Late Night Lively Pickup Social

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

A meeting spot for early evening cocktails, this lounge at the 11 Howard hotel sets the mood with dark woods, rich velvets and flattering lighting. Later at night it’s geared toward exclusive parties. --Zagat

Address

11 Howard St

Neighborhood

SoHo

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

The Dead Rabbit team is behind this Battery Park City resto-bar on Pier A, which harks back to the expat life in Havana with its highballs, punches and sours, accompanied by seafood-focused American fare. The space includes a wood-panelled main bar and a ‘lobby’ area. --Zagat

Address

22 Battery Place

2nd Floor, Pier A Harbor House

Neighborhood

Financial District

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Romantic Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

While this Irish-inspired FiDi duplex has a “well-deserved” rep as a “cocktail mecca” with a “Bible” of “enviable” craft drinks, its “well-prepared” pub fare is “not just an afterthought”; manned by an “excellent” staff, the saloonish digs “get busy quickly” and “just need more elbow room” when it hops. --Zagat

Address

30 Water St

Neighborhood

Financial District

Vibes

Chill Classy Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

“Beautiful people” and random “Kardashians” populate this “trendy” Meatpacking “scene” for “very good” seafood in a sprawling, “pumping” duplex with a rooftop lounge; “expensive” tabs aside, it’s “good for groups.” --Zagat

Address

21 9th Ave

Neighborhood

Meatpacking District

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

Elevated American comfort food is served at this all-day eatery, bar, boutique lounge & biergarten. --Zagat

Address

18 9th Ave

Neighborhood

Meatpacking District

Vibes

Chill Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

A “neat find” down a “dark alley”, this atmospheric LES lounge “feels like a real speakeasy” with cocktails served in teacups and “beers covered in paper bags” -- “in case the Prohibition agents bust through the door”; though hardly hush-hush at this point, it maintains its “underground vibe” if you're “willing to play the game.” --Zagat

Address

102 Norfolk St

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Chill Classy Late Night Romantic Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

This SoHo cocktail bar pours updated takes on classic drinks, plus a no-risk Bartender's Choice (you can send it back if it's not your thing). Short-rib sliders and other rich plates are also on offer in the downstairs space, designed with a mix of clean lines and weathered fixtures. --Zagat

Address

158 Lafayette St

Neighborhood

SoHo

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Romantic Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

This “stylish” “trendsetter” in the NoMad Hotel draws a “chic crowd” that’s “blown away” by Daniel Humm’s “superb” American-European menu (the roast chicken is “one for the books”); “spot-on service” and a “beautifully designed” space spread out over several cozy rooms help distract from the “heavy” tabs. --Zagat

Address

10 W 28th St

Neighborhood

NoMad

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Romantic Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

The Bar Room at Tom Colicchio’s Temple Court is located beneath The Beekman’s stunning, nine-story Victorian era atrium and offers a singular New York setting to enjoy a list of handcrafted cocktails alongside an all-day menu. With plush lounge seating and a distinctly old New York feel, The Bar Room at Temple Court is a new entry in New York City’s canon of destination bars.

Address

5 Beekman St

Neighborhood

Financial District

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

Stylish, sophisticated bistro with imaginative New American plates, craft beer & cocktails. --Zagat

Address

117 E 60th St

Neighborhood

Midtown East

Vibes

Chill Classy Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

A “secret gem” on a “random” Chinatown side street, this “fancy” lounge tricked out like an “old pharmacy” features “talented mixologists” in “cool lab coats” showing off “mad scientist” skills as they “serve up your medicine” via “serious” designer cocktails; if you can swallow the “premium cost”, it's a “really sweet spot” to “drop the dollars.” --Zagat

Address

9 Doyers St

#1

Neighborhood

Chinatown

Vibes

Classy Fancy Late Night Lively Pickup Speakeasy Chill

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

An Acme vet is behind this retro West Village lounge evoking midcentury cocktail culture in distinct spaces: a horseshoe bar and tiki-inspired dining area on the main floor and a jazzy intimate bar down below. Small bites and burgers accompany classic or signature cocktails, the latter of which can be made with any spirit. P.S. there's also a retro cocktail bar downstairs called Slowly Shirley. --Zagat

Address

121 W 10th St

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Classy Fancy Late Night Lively Romantic Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Cavernous-like bar with Moroccan setting accompanied by upbeat vibes, great music and dancing.

Address

305 Spring St

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Club Late Night Lively Pickup Social

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Behind an “extra-cool” hidden entrance in a pawn shop, this “vibrant” LES resto-lounge draws a “glam crowd” to “splurge” on “imaginative” New American bites in a bi-level space that “truly is a beauty”; if you “don’t mind a bit of shameless trendiness” (free champagne in the ladies’ room is a “nice touch”), it “does impress.” --Zagat

Address

146 Essex Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Classy Club Fancy Late Night Lively Pickup Social Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

“Go with a group” and “order everything” say fans at this LES New American that puts a “creative spin on classic dishes” via “delicious” share plates; the sleek duplex space may “no longer be a place to be seen”, but it remains “lively”, with an “especially good brunch” and many who “still love the vibe.” --Zagat

Address

99 Stanton Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Late Night Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Earning an “A+ for creativity”, this “so cool” Lower Eastsider from the Tao Group and chef Chris Santos (Stanton Social) dispenses “elevated” global street fare offered tapas-style amid “stunning” murals (including one by Shepard Fairey); with a “secret entrance” and a downstairs DJ lounge, it’s got “hip” types “obsessed.” --Zagat

Address

199 Bowery

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Club Fancy Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

This UWS cocktail bar hides behind a secret door upstairs from Australian restaurant Burke & Wills. The clubhouse-style parlor sports swanky, old-world charm with cricket memorabilia and personal liquor lockers, while mixologists shake and stir up a combination of traditional and inventive cocktails, like a salt-and-peppery interpretation of the Bloody Mary. --Zagat

Address

226 West 79th Street

Neighborhood

Upper West Side

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Underground lounge where dark nooks & a waterfall lend a romantic, intimate vibe.

Address

65 W 70th St

Neighborhood

Upper West Side

Vibes

Chill Classy Romantic

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

Audrey Saunders' SoHo temple to the “science of haute cocktails” “lives up to its reputation” with a “can't-go-wrong” drink menu “cleverly concocted” by “experienced” hands behind the bar; nestled in a “swanky” upstairs space that transports you to a “former British colony”, it's an “expensive” but “fantastic” place to socialize or take a “dressed-up date.” --Zagat

Address

77 West Houston Street

Neighborhood

SoHo

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

“Dimly lit”, exposed-brick quarters with a cool “catacombs vibe” set the scene for “tantalizing” specialty drinks via a “solicitous” staff at this subterranean Chelsea Market bar; the “ample space” can get “crowded” and “frenetic” come the weekend, though school nights are “surprisingly chill” and “conversation-friendly.”

Address

425 West 15th Street

Neighborhood

Chelsea

Vibes

Chill Classy Late Night Social

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Classic martinis & bar snacks in a dimly lit, underground cocktail bar with Art Deco decor.

Address

121 W 10th St

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Chill Classy Late Night Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Funky venue showcasing dance, circus, theatre & cabaret performances in a former ice warehouse.

Address

2 Wyckoff Ave

Neighborhood

Bushwick

Vibes

Fancy Late Night Lively Pickup

Establishment Type

Bar

Description

Miami vibe cocktail bar and restaurant with chill vibes, and great rooftop views. Social and young scene with fantastic drinks.

Address

23 Lexington Ave

Neighborhood

Kips Bay

Vibes

Classy Fancy Lively Social

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

Like a “garden party” nested atop Chelsea’s guestless McKittrick Hotel (actually a stage set for the interactive theater piece Sleep No More), this “stellar” roof bar delivers “a dash of the unusual” thanks to a rustic setting lush with greenery combined with “delicious” cocktails, notably punch by the bowlful; sure, it’s “pricey”, but its show-going crowd calls it “a lovely place for a splurge.”

Address

542 W 27th St

Neighborhood

Chelsea

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Late Night

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar