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The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown Bars

Chinatown is one of the most famous places in all of New York City, and it will come as no surprise that it houses stunning bars with delicious meals and drinks that will have your mouth watering.

a view of busy chinatown nyc and the most popular bars in the neighborhood

This small section of New York City is rife with culture, delicacies, and a peek into a world completely separate from what you may expect.

The best bars in Chinatown, New York City, include many that blend unexpected flavors to craft remarkable drinks that’ll have you coming back for more.


Apotheke Chinatown

9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 406-0400
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Apotheke Chinatown takes pride in mixology and has options that include flowers, egg whites, and a variety of fruits that combine with liquor to create a robust flavor.

This menu separates drinks by their effect, including Pain Killers, Euphorics, and Stress Relievers.


169 Bar

169 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (516) 986-7938
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169 Bar is one of the hidden gems in Chinatown and has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating for your ultimate relaxation.

Stop in and try a hand-crafted margarita in one of many classic flavors. I recommend a strawberry margarita while relaxing in the backyard seating area.


Whiskey Tavern

79 Baxter St A, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 374-9119
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It should come as no surprise that Whiskey Tavern specializes in specialty Whiskey options. However, there are plenty of other drinks available.

Spicy options, including those with a shot of pickle juice, are available, but I’m partial to their frozen margarita!


Mr. Fong’s

40 Market St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (646) 964-4540
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Mr. Fong’s is a perfect location is stop in and try one of many mixes and drinks that can satisfy your sweet tooth and savory desires.

These drinks are made with gin, ginger, lavender, and vodka, among many other ingredients. The Tequila + Flowers house drink is a perfect mix of earthy flavors and vibrance.


Asia Roma

40 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 385-1133
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Asia Roma is a unique restaurant and bar that blends Asian and Italian flavors to craft something mouthwatering.

Stop in for their happy hour snacks and cocktails. The Kamikaze was among my favorite cocktails in Chinatown.


Up Stairs

59 Canal St #2FL, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (646) 559-0098
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Up Stairs is a rooftop bar that will give you a stunning view of the cityscape.

This location also includes a menu full of stunning cocktails with enhanced flavors and snacks that will pair well with nearly any drink on the menu.


The Crown

50 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (646) 639-4901
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The Crown is a bar in Chinatown that has plenty of cocktails, wine, and beer to make your night’s own perfect. This location has a variety of cocktails, all hand-crafted.

Whether you want a warm drink with mulled wine or an iced martini, The Crown has everything you need.


Pulqueria Restaurant & Agave Bar

11 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (917) 261-4116
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Pulqueria Restaurant & Agave Bar is a Mexican bar and restaurant that hosts a happy hour for those who want a mixture of sweet and savory drink options.

This location is stunning and offers patrons a perfect view of daily life in Chinatown.


Clandestino

35 Canal St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 475-5505
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Clandestino is a stunning neighborhood bar with the best live music and plenty of space to meet others. This location has beer on top and plenty of top-tier wines for purchase.

Stop in from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. and try my favorite drink from their menu: a glass of stunning French chardonnay.


Live Axe

96 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (888) 812-9060
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Live Axe NYC is a perfect location to go for afternoon drinks, especially since this location has a wide variety of handcrafted cocktails, beers, and other drinks.

This location rests just near the bay, where you can get a stunning view of the city.


The Dancer

202 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (646) 876-1174
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The Dancer is a bar in Chinatown that has a stunning selection of flavors and liquors. This location is a perfect place for a hand-crafted margarita or cocktails after a long day!


BAR GOTO

245 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
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Bar Goto has a stunning bar to relax at after a long day walking or at work. This bar includes plenty of culturally significant flavors and drinks, including those made with sake and cocktails with traditional flavors.

The Far East Side is a stunning mix that had me wanting more the second I finished my glass.


Reception Bar

45 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (646) 490-4053
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Reception Bar has a stunning selection of cocktails made from mixtures of honey, lotus, and ginger.

There are also rich and robust meals like pork mandu and bulgogi mandu, which can satisfy your stomach while trying drinks.


Swan Room

54 Canal St, New York, NY 10002
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Swan Room prides itself on elegance and has a wide selection of wine, bar snacks, cheeses, and cocktails to choose from.

Stop in and try the Heirloom Martini; it’s one of the best drinks I’ve had in Chinatown!


Round K by Sol

78 Canal St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (347) 471-1601
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Round K by Sol is more than a bar and has plenty of flavorful food options that blend Korean spices with comfort foods.

Specialty cocktails, draft beers, and wines are available and will fit a variety of audiences. I recommend the Seoul Mule for a real taste of South Korea.


Final Thoughts

Chinatown is home to dozens of stunning restaurants, but the bars in this area are unlike any other.

These bars have stunning dishes and flavored drinks that will have you happy to explore more and try new cocktails and draft beers.

Know of a hidden gem in Chinatown, New York City? Let us know all about it in the comments below!


Best Bars in Chinatown

  1. Apotheke Chinatown
  2. 169 Bar
  3. Whiskey Tavern
  4. Mr. Fong’s
  5. Asia Roma
  6. Up Stairs
  7. The Crown
  8. Pulqueria Restaurant & Agave Bar
  9. Clandestino
  10. Live Axe
  11. The Dancer
  12. BAR GOTO
  13. Reception Bar
  14. Swan Room
  15. Round K by Sol

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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