Downtown East Side Bars

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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