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The Hottest Martini Bars NYC Has to Offer

New York City is the place to be if you’re looking for culture, art, history, live performances, excellent dining, and, of course, nightlife! The bar scene in the Big Apple is exceptional for both locals and tourists.

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But with so many places to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to go to enjoy drinks and great food. If you’re hoping to narrow down the options, consider prioritizing a martini bar.

An NYC martini bar is one of the best places to go out for a night of getting dressed up, munching on elevated bar bites, enjoying a lovely atmosphere, and drinking excellent martinis.

Here are the best martini bars in NYC.


Clover Club

210 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 855-7939
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Clover Club is a hip, classy, retro-styled martini bar in Brooklyn near Boerum Park. I love coming here for happy hour because they have strong drinks for a great price – only around $8, which is a steal for NYC.

Also, you’ll love their delicious brussels sprouts, and if you go on Wednesday, you can enjoy live jazz!


Bemelmans Bar

35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 744-1600
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Bemelmans Bar is a high-class cocktail bar on the Upper East Side, near the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park.

This sophisticated establishment offers the perfect space for an intimate meal with a date, especially due to the live piano and jazz music in the evenings.

In addition to ordering excellent martinis, I enjoy sharing a bottle of wine here.


Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Phone: (347) 889-5710
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Maison Premiere, in Williamsburg near McCarren Park, is mostly known as a fantastic oyster bar and restaurant. However, this New Orleans-inspired establishment also offers great cocktails, including Bloody Mary, Pina Colada, Mai Tai, and a classic martini.

I appreciate their beautiful garden patio, decorated with lush green foliage that creates a warm, comforting, and inviting vibe.


King Cole Bar

Two E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 753-4500
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King Cole Bar, near the Central Park Zoo, is an upscale hotel bar with a supremely elegant atmosphere. Their staff is top-notch, as they’re always attentive and knowledgeable about their signature martinis.

They also have a great selection of wines and craft beers. I love coming here for special occasions, as it feels impressive.

Plus, they have excellent desserts like cheesecake and chocolate mousse!


Charlie Palmer at The Knick

6 Times Square SE Corner of 42nd Street &, Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 204-4983
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If you’re looking for one of the most fun places to get drinks but still want an upscale appearance and martini offerings, check out Charlie Palmer at The Knick.

This Times Square bar overlooks the most bustling part of the city, which creates an energetic and vibrant vibe. I love getting their three-course dinner and always pair it with a martini or champagne – or both!


Keens Steakhouse

72 W 36th St., New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 947-3636
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Keens Steakhouse, in the Garment District near Bryant Park, is a spacious, lively place to get dinner and drinks in the city.

The ambiance is historical, as they have pictures highlighting events across the ages from the restaurant. It’s nice to feel a part of its history while sipping a martini and eating its steak, lamb chops, or lobster bisque.


Bernie’s

332 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: (347) 529-6400
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Bernie’s, on the north end of McCarren Park, is one of the more casual and inviting places to grab a martini. I appreciate its unfussy atmosphere, easygoing checkered table seating, and straightforward menu.

I recommend ordering their chicken parm with your martini and finishing the meal with a brownie sundae.


Dante NYC

79-81 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 982-5275
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Dante NYC, located near the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village, is an Italian restaurant that’s been running since 1915 – and for good reasons!

I love their martini, negroni, and Manhattan cocktails just as much as I admire their ragu, flatbread, and pistachio pesto tagliatelle.


The Campbell

15 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017
Phone: (917) 209-3440
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The Campbell is an elevated and sophisticated bar serving a range of classic cocktails and light bar bites in Grand Central, near the Rockefeller Center.

I love frequenting this swanky establishment whenever I’m in the mood for a martini I know I won’t be disappointed by.


Harry’s

1 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 785-9200
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Harry’s is one of the most fun places to go out if you’re looking for great drinks, delicious steaks, an old-school char, and a lively environment.

I recommend ordering the beef wellington with either their martini, champagne, or something from their extensive wine list.


THE GRILL

99 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 254-3000
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THE GRILL is another outstanding steakhouse in the city. It’s located in Midtown, also near the Rockefeller Center like Harry’s.

If you have a hard time choosing between THE GRILL and Harry’s, note that they both have delicious food and excellent martinis.

However, THE GRILL has a more romantic, intimate vibe that might be better for date night.


Temple Bar

332 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 925-4242
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Temple Bar is an old-fashioned yet hip bar with a wide range of cocktails, beers, and wines to choose from.

It’s located in SOHO near Washington Square Park, and I appreciate the chill, easygoing vibes it creates. I also love that you get complimentary popcorn with your drinks!


Raines Law Room Chelsea

48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
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Raines Law Room Chelsea is a popular speakeasy near Union Square Park. It has an entrance that’s “secret” but that many people have now discovered.

Still, it’s cool being able to ring a doorbell and act like you and your crew are the only ones allowed in! Once inside, make sure to order their excellent martini and other well-crafted cocktails.


Attaboy

134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
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Attaboy is another well-loved and highly-rated cocktail bar located near Chinatown by the International Center of Photography Museum.

Attaboy is one of the most fun places to go out due to its lively atmosphere, innovative concoctions, and hip, industrial-style decor.

In addition to ordering a martini, you can also tell the bartenders what you like or what you’re in the mood for, and they’ll prepare you a specialized drink accordingly.


Valerie

45 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 302-4545
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If you’re hoping to find a retro-styled bar that still has an elegant, sophisticated charm, look no further than Valerie, near Times Square and MMC Plaza.

They make a fantastic martini, but you can’t go wrong with any cocktail on the menu. I always visit with the intention of staying for a while!


Final Thoughts

After stopping by an iconic landmark like the Empire State Building, visiting a museum like the MOMA, or simply taking in the local sights, don’t forget to stop by one of these fantastic martini bars.

Did we miss any of the best martini bars in NYC? Let us know if so in the comments below!


Best Martini Bars in NYC

  1. Clover Club
  2. Bemelmans Bar
  3. Maison Premiere
  4. King Cole Bar
  5. Charlie Palmer at The Knick
  6. Keens Steakhouse
  7. Bernie’s
  8. Dante NYC
  9. The Campbell
  10. Harry’s
  11. THE GRILL
  12. Temple Bar
  13. Raines Law Room Chelsea
  14. Attaboy
  15. Valerie

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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