New York City is famous for its nonstop, fast-paced rhythm, concrete jungles, and vast cultural experiences. Packing your itinerary isn’t hard to do in the big apple.
However, New York is one of the most expensive cities in the U.S., so you’ll need to find ways to save money during your trip.
Below, you can explore my list of cheap bars in NYC for you to enjoy a night out while still having money left over for the following day’s activities.
627 9th Ave, Manhattan, NY 10036
Phone: (646) 707-0890
Rudy’s Bar and Grill is a longstanding neighborhood dive bar in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, a quick walk from both Times Square and Hudson Yards.
Rudy’s Bar has been an institution for cheap beer and free hot dogs since it opened in 1933. They have 14 domestic and artisanal beers on tap. It’s hard to beat a three-dollar pint and a free hot dog.
169 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (516) 986-7938
Located on the Lower East Side, 169 Bar is an even older New York institution than Rudy’s, established in 1916. 169 Bar boasts that it’s the last of the original old New York bars, offering booze, fresh oysters, and billiards.
A trip to 169 Bar feels like a trip back in time. The prices have certainly remained as cheap as they were in the past!
140 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 221-9510
A popular spot to enjoy a brew or cocktail amid sight-seeing, Jimmy’s Corner is a dive bar in the middle of Times Square.
It has a lively yet cozy atmosphere, its walls lined with old pictures and framed newspaper clippings, antique chandeliers, and a jukebox providing an eclectic soundtrack.
228 Front St, New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 964-3537
Jeremy’s Ale House is a divey pub and tavern in the financial district with an over-the-top American pub fare menu and cheap alcohol to pair it with.
Thrillist and Time Out rate Jeremy’s Ale House as one of the best bars for an authentic New York experience. I loved the wallpapered walls and scribbled ceilings from which old ratty bras hung like mobiles.
15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 473-9148
New York’s oldest Irish pub, McSorley’s Old Ale House has been serving cold Irish pints and plates of cheese and crackers since 1854.
It’s been a treasured East Village institution ever since, featured in centerpieces from The New Yorker, New York Times, and more.
Its preserved, cluttered interior feels like a time capsule. I couldn’t think of a better place to order a cheap pint of Guinness.
1108 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Located in Brooklyn’s Bedstuy neighborhood, Do or Dive is a fun, kitschy dive bar cluttered with random nick-knacks, old-school beer logo signs, and mismatched glass light fixtures.
They offer a full menu for dinner and weekend brunch, plus 17 independent brewery beers on tap, domestic cans and bottles, and a cocktail menu.
90 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 741-5279
Johnny’s Bar is a West Village dive bar that’s been a neighborhood jewel since 1990. Its narrow, shot-gun bar space is illuminated by Christmas lights hanging from the exposed brick walls, with every barstool taken by a diverse array of local neighborhood personalities.
A trip to Johnny’s Bar is like an anthropology class on New York culture, with cheap beer and well-drinks to aid in the study.
21 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 677-4545
Clockwork Bar is a funky, neon-lit, graffiti-walled dive bar in the Lowe East Side with friendly staff and a hipster vibe.
Walls, ceilings, and even toilettes are covered in graffiti, stickers, and marker scribbles. They have one of the cheapest happy hours in town and an all-day shot and a beer special for six dollars.
366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: (718) 218-7632
The Commodore is a southern comfort kitchen and bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn with a cozy and lively atmosphere, serving award-winning fried chicken sandwiches till 2 am.
There’s a cute, covered patio in the back, replete with old-school lawn chairs and hanging plants. I went for a boozy brunch of fish n grits with a spicy Bloody Mary.
486 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Another Williamsburg haunt, Rocka Rolla is a spacious dive bar with a hipster feel. It has a great jukebox, velvet lounge area, old-school neon signs, and unique craft cocktails that honor New York.
Take, for instance, their signature spiked creamy coffee drink is served in the classic NYC coffee stand cups you always see in TV shows.
7 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 375-1352
True to its name, The Library is a bookshelf-lined dive bar with funky statues in the windows and red walls. You can grab a book, a beer, or both at this beloved East Village institution.
They offer spirits, cocktails, and a well-rounded list of beers and ciders that range between five and eight dollars.
47 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 343-7251
Botanica Bar is a quaint and colorful bar and kitchen in the NoLita neighborhood with individual outdoor booths that are heated for year-round outdoor dining and drinking.
140 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Phone: (347) 413-8801
Alphaville is a dingy bar and music venue with major hipster appeal in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. There’s always a show playing at Alphaville, with something for every musical taste. They even have standup comedy.
Drink prices are cheap, and they also serve no-frills burgers and thick-cut fries for late-night munchies.
35 Canal St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 475-5505
Located across from Seward Park in the Lower East Side, Clandestino is a charming neighborhood bar with a cozy and friendly atmosphere.
They have great prices on drinks and offer an impressive selection of high-quality beer, wine, and craft cocktails.
They have seasonal events like New Years’ and Halloween parties, but they’re also the best option for a low-key date night.
46 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 675-0395
Named for the famed area of the West Village in which it lies, Greenwich Treehouse is a quirky yet cool outdoor and indoor bar, decked out in Star Wars paraphernalia, Christmas lights, and an old treehouse.
There’s a dance floor, a jukebox, and a cozy lounge to suit both alcohol-fueled dance parties, or a relaxing happy hour. I went for the cheap happy hour jello shots!
140 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 614-3283
Sly Fox is a brewery out of Pennsylvania opened by the Giannopoulos family in 1995. Its popularity has spread to New York and beyond, with Sly Fox brewpubs in various cities, including New York’s East Village.
Sly Fox offers over 100 types of beer including regular signature beers, seasonals, and specialty beers.
168 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 777-3111
Lucky is a fun and quirky East Village Dive bar with random figurines, art, and checkered tablecloths, plus an awesome bright-red pagoda out front.
Lucky has both cheap and pricey options, offering cheap cans and bottled beer along with a high-end cocktail list. I went in the summer and loved their frozen pink lemonade and vodka margarita.
A night out in New York doesn’t have to empty your wallet if you know where to find cheap drinks. My list of cheap bars in NYC offers an array of different dive bars, taverns, and neighborhood pubs with great prices and fun atmospheres.
Let me know which bars you enjoyed the most in the comments below!
- Rudy’s Bar & Grill
- 169 Bar
- Jimmy’s Corner
- Jeremy’s Ale House
- McSorley’s Old Ale House
- Do or Dive Bar
- Johnny’s Bar
- Clockwork Bar
- The Commodore
- Rocka Rolla
- The Library
- Botanica Bar
- Greenwich Treehouse
- Sly Fox