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Most Popular After Hours Bars in the NYC Area

New York City is home to some of the most fun places to go out in the country, especially for night owls who would rather keep the party going than hit the sack.

late night drinking in NYC after hours bars

After all, NYC didn’t get the nickname “The City That Never Sleeps” for no reason! It’s wildly fun to go out, and some of the funniest, craziest, and most memorable moments happen in this bustling city after dark.

Check out my list of the best late night / after hours bars in NYC.

Freddy’s Bar

627 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: (718) 768-0131
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Freddy’s Bar is a casual, eclectic dive bar near the Purple Playground in Brooklyn that closes at 4 am. It’s known for its super friendly neighborhood atmosphere, and I can attest to how good it feels the moment you arrive.

I recommend ordering a couple of cold beers, meeting some new folks, and checking out a live show in the back room.


45-58 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101
Phone: (718) 786-5400
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LIC Bar, near Murray Park located in Queens, is another friendly neighborhood joint with a lovely backyard garden.

This bar closes at 2 am, giving you plenty of time to hang out after a bar crawl in the area or get a late-night beer after a long day of work.

169 Bar

169 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (516) 986-7938
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Just south of Seward Park on the Lower East Side location, you’ll find 169 Bar, a quirky establishment with an iconic leopard print pool table.

I like coming here for a round of pool when I’m feeling late-night friendly competition, as it doesn’t close until around 4 am. I recommend ordering one of the rotating draft beers.

Karaoke City

22 W 32nd St 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Phone: (646) 791-8318
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Karaoke City is one of the most fun places to get drinks, especially if you love singing your heart out until the wee hours of the morning.

This industrial-chic bar is near the Empire State Building, so the vibes are just as lively as you’d expect. I like teaming up with a group of friends and booking in a private karaoke bar for the most fun.

Fools Gold NYC

145 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 673-2337
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Fools Gold is a modern pub near the New Museum, offering delicious burgers, tacos, and other bar bites along with innovative cocktails.

My favorite things to order here are The Pineapple Insistence with grapefruit tequila and the Gold Label Burger with sriracha aioli. This combination of spicy and sweet is to die for, especially around midnight after a bar hop.

The Up & Up

116 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 260-3000
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The Up & Up is a moody, trendy bar near the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village. I love coming here around 11:00 pm to midnight to get a nightcap in a sophisticated setting.

It’s a great spot if you’re leaving a dinner date but don’t want to go home just yet.

Apotheke Chinatown

9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 406-0400
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Apotheke Chinatown is one of the best late-night / after-hours bars in NYC because of its creative menu.

The menu at this bar, which is located near Columbus Park in Chinatown, emphasizes treating yourself to what you need. Whether it’s a “painkiller” or an “aphrodisiac,” you’ll be in good hands at this bar until 2:00 am.

The Campbell

15 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017
Phone: (917) 209-3440
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The Campbell is an elegant bar near the Chrysler Building with a pristine, royal vibe and an upscale menu to match.

I only come here on special occasions when I feel like treating myself to some of the finest cocktails in the city. I recommend John Campbell’s Martini.

The Dead Rabbit

30 Water St, New York, NY 10004
Phone: (646) 422-7906
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I had to get over the name of The Dead Rabbit before finally deciding to go, and I’m so glad I did.

This vintage 2-story taproom and parlor, near the National Museum of the American Indian, is an incredible spot to be at the end of the night due to its seasonal craft cocktails and intricate, unique design.

Raines Law Room Chelsea

48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
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Raines Law Room is a speakeasy bar in Chelsea, near Union Square, and one of the most romantic places to have a drink late at night.

The dim lighting combined with the fancy atmosphere and well-kept furniture makes this place an ideal place to sip Prohibition-style drinks. Just make sure you ring the doorbell!

The Rum House

228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (646) 490-6924
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The Rum House is a Times Square treasure. With its wood paneling, candlelight, and vintage decor, this bar is a great place to get away from the late-night bustle of this area.

I recommend ordering one of the rum cocktails, as they have an extensive list of rum for every type of taste. They even have a list of Jamaican rum that’s longer than the signature cocktail lists at some bars.


432 E 13th St, New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 478-3021
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If you’re looking for a less swanky, more chilled-out late-night atmosphere, head to Keybar when most people have gone to bed.

I love visiting this Ease Village bar to cozy up next to the fireplace at 2 or 3 am and sip on an array of creative cocktails. If I’m not there late-night, I’ll be there for their lively happy hour deals with BOGO drinks!

Juke Bar

196 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 228-7464
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Like Keybar, Juke Bar is another East Village watering hole that closes at 4 am. They have a live music band on Sundays, so that’s when I like to go to listen to music, drink craft beer and cocktails.

I hang out here with friends until late at night. I recommend ordering the “Mr. Thursday” cocktail because it hits the spot every time!

Final Thoughts

If you’ve ever wondered where to get a drink when many of your favorite NYC spots have closed, now you have an extensive list to choose from.

And if you’re a New York native and feel that I’ve missed a good spot, please let me know in the comments below!

Best Late Night Bars in NYC

  1. Freddy’s Bar
  2. LIC Bar
  3. 169 Bar
  4. Karaoke City
  5. Fools Gold NYC
  6. The Up & Up
  7. Apotheke Chinatown
  8. The Campbell
  9. The Dead Rabbit
  10. Raines Law Room Chelsea
  11. The Rum House
  12. Keybar
  13. Juke Bar
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Rocco

Rocco is a Florida State University alumnus with years of bartending and hospitality experience. From slinging hundreds of vodka sodas a night in jam-packed college bars to serving carefully crafted cocktails in upscale restaurants, there’s not much he hasn’t done behind a bar. Now, Rocco shares his knowledge and passion for all things alcohol-related here on My Bartender for bibulous readers everywhere to enjoy.

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