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17 Bars in New York City That You Should Check Out

Whether you’re looking for a place to drink after work or a place to party on the weekends, New York City has a bar for you. But with so many options, it can be tough to know which bars are worth your time. That’s where we come in.

Friends drinking cocktails at a New York City Bar

We’ve put together a list of the best bars in NYC, so you can start your night out right. Whether you’re into craft cocktails or beer gardens, we’ve got something for you. Check out our list and start planning your next night out!

Best Bars in New York City, NY

  1. All Night Skate
  2. Attaboy
  3. Bandits
  4. Bemelmans Bar
  5. Dante
  6. Good Judy
  7. Mace
  8. Maison Premiere
  9. Sunken Harbor Club
  10. Temple Bar
  11. The Long Island Bar
  12. Saint Tuesday
  13. Contento Restaurant
  14. Etérea
  15. Sidney’s Five
  16. Philomena’s Bar BKLN
  17. El Pingüino

All Night Skate

54 Rockaway Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233
Phone: (347) 240-6263

This roller-skating rink themed bar doesn’t offer actual skating—however, it does have every other essential element needed for a nostalgic night out: a cool space, retro concept, and plenty of concessions.

Opened by Olivia Hu (Sunrise/Sunset) and husbands Danny Waits (Brooklyn Bowl, Baby’s Alright) and Mitch McCann, head to All Night Skate for a fun time at the rink sans all that tedious physical exertion.

My all time favorite drink at this spot is the Best Day in Paradise. It comes with basil vodka, tamarind-lemongrass syrup, limoncello, and bird’s eye chili and is absolutely delicious! I also tried the Green Light Go and Prom Night which were equally as good.


Attaboy

134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
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Hidden behind an unassuming metal door, Attaboy is a cocktail bar with character. The first thing you’ll notice is the intimate speakeasy vibe of this semi-secret Lower East Side gem, the next is the mercurial character of the drinks on offer.

Enjoy craft cocktails like the Penicillin Cocktail with whisky, ginger, honey syrup, and fresh lemon juice. Other great drink options include the Dark ‘n Stormy, Manhattan, and Paper Plane.


Bandits

44 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014
Phone: (917) 261-6447
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Bandits is an all-day watering hole from the team behind The Garret Bars. It’s a modern take on an old school diner and dive – a timeless concept with pockets of nostalgia alluding to vintage New York.

The 900 square foot space provides the same allure of the effortlessly chic Garret Bars with an atmosphere that can accommodate guests for food and cocktails from lunch through the late night hours. Bandits serves as a welcoming local saloon where guests can lose track of time anytime of day.

This place is one of my favorites! I came here with a group of co-workers and had a great time. I ordered the Macky Papplebon with neversink gin, apples braised in red wine, black pepper, orange bitters, and lemon and loved it.


Bemelmans Bar

35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 744-1600
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With masterpiece murals by Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the classic Madeline children’s books, Bemelmans Bar draws socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls with its extensive drink menu and live entertainment.

On my visit I tried the The Jackie O with passion fruit-infused vodka, fresh lime juice, and champagne. It was absolutely amazing so I definitely recommend ordering this.

Other drinks that sounded great were the Bobby’s Manhattan, Passion Royale, and Ludwig’s Bunny Negroni.


Dante

79-81 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
(212) 982-5275
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A remodeled, classic European-inspired neighborhood eatery, Dante serves fabulous coffee, pastries, aperitvo, flatbreads, antipasti and offers all-day dining with a delicious, ingredient driven menu.

My favorite drink on the menu is their Heart of Gold with Rémy Martin VSOP, Cocchi Torino, oloroso, chocolate bitters , and cocoa. Other cocktails that looked amazing were the Mulled Cider, Clever Clover Club, and Darkness Rising.


Good Judy

563 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Good Judy is a buzzing, late-night gay bar with a dance floor & patio offering cabaret shows & classic drinks.

This spot served up some of the best drinks I’ve had and was so much fun. I came here with a group of friends and ordered the Bimini Babes with old tom gin, blueberry dill syrup, lemon juice, and cucumber. My friends ordered the Lady Miss CosmoDeLiCa and Golden Girl.


Mace

35 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
(347) 866-7739
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One of the World’s 50 Best Bars for three years in a row, Mace is unlike any cocktail bar you’ve ever seen. The premier cocktail bar was opened in 2015 by acclaimed French bartender Nico de Soto as well as Cocktail Kingdom’s Greg Boehm.

With this dynamic duo, Mace has risen to the top of the cocktail world and transformed cocktails as we know them. As the name suggests, Mace is dedicated to incorporating unique spices handpicked from around the world in each.

The Saffron was absolutely delicious and had apricot-infused gin, pineapple sage-infused Amaro, saffron-infused blend of sherries. Other great cocktails I tried were the Pandan, Licorice, and Vanilla. This spot is a must-visit!


Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 889-5710
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Maison Premiere has long been lauded for excellence in drink making as well as its unwavering commitment to service and hospitality.

For years, it has been favorably written about in The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Travel & Leisure, The New Yorker, Food & Wine, Playboy, and The Wall Street Journal.

It has received nearly every major award in its industry, including a Taste Talks award and a James Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Bar Program” in 2016.

I highly recommend trying the Milonga Triste, Back To Capistrano, and Walcott Express. My favorite cocktail was the Missionary’s Downfall with Rhum JM VSOP, guyanese rum, pineapple, mint and apricot.


Sunken Harbor Club

372 Fulton St 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Sunken Harbor Club is an intimate nautical cocktail bar tucked away on the second floor above Gage & Tollner.

After eight years as a weekly pop-up at owner St. John Frizell’s Red Hook mainstay Fort Defiance, The Club finally anchored in Downtown Brooklyn in October 2021.

My friends tried the Remember the Maine, Tijuana Taxi, and El Presidente and loved them! I had the Yellow Tang with vodka, banana, pineapple, and passion fruit and it was delicious!


Temple Bar

332 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
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New York City’s most glamorous, elegant and beautiful bar. Renowned for its list of traditional cocktails and creative new drinks. Boasts an impressive list of international vodkas, gins, scotches and tequilas to satisfy all intimate curiosities.

I really loved the drink I ordered, Lifetime Ban with navy strength gin, blanc vermouth, fino sherry and mint. Our bartender also recommended a few of the other drinks on the menu; Rome Royale, Dark ‘n Stormy, and Great Bambino.


The Long Island Bar

110 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 625-8908
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The Long Island Bar looks kind of like a diner from 1950, and despite its name, it’s equal parts restaurant and bar.

You can either stop by and drink a few gimlets in silence at the bar, or you can get a booth and snack on some cheese curds and smoked trout spread with rye crackers.

The bartender at this spot recommended the The Erin with rye, sweet vermouth, suze, bigallet, and china amer, so I had to try it! The group of friends I was with ordered the Paloma, A Martini, and Dolores Del Rio, The Long Island Gimlet, and Boulevardier.


Saint Tuesday

24 Cortlandt Alley, New York, NY 10013
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Nestled in the sub cellar of the Walker Hotel Tribeca, Saint Tuesday offers live music every evening and a cocktail program focused on simple recipes, fresh and quality ingredients, and modern variations of American classics.

Open seven nights a week–with live music from 9:30-midnight every evening–Saint Tuesday is quickly becoming a staple of the TriBeCa neighborhood.

When I came to this spot my friends ordered the Gentleman’s Buck, Away Colors, and Autumn in Jersey. I went for the Mexican Firing Squad which was absolutely amazing. It’s a cocktail with tequila, fresh lime, grenadine angostura bitters, and club soda.


Contento Restaurant

88 E 111th St, New York, NY 10029
(646) 410-0111

Contento pushes the envelope of what restaurant hospitality should be: accessible to all. From the bar to the bathroom, the entire space was designed to be space for everyone, part of the vision of beverage director Yannick Benjamin.

So, come for the Peruvian-inspired plates and incredible wine list (this is a sommelier-led venture after all), and stay for the incredible staff and care on display.

If you stop by this place, I would recommend trying the Perusado;  pisco, cherry, pineapple, and lemon. Other drinks that caught my eye were the Bergamot Pisco Sour and Spruce to Meet You. I’ll be ordering those next time I pop into this spot!


Etérea

511 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009
(917) 286-5617
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Chef Xila Caudillo heads this Ravi DeRossi coctelería y cocina, and her plant-based Mexican bites will have you lingering at the bar with more than a shot or two of mezcal. Think chanterelle tacos, tamale as a cake, huitlacoche tlacoyo, and the like.

This spot has always been on my list of best bars. Whenever I’m here I get the same drink, the Mezcal Swizzle. It comes with espadin, amontillado, falernum, ginger, grapefruit, and lime.


Sidney’s Five

103 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003
(917) 409-3368
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New to First Avenue, this is the perfect East Village bar that also happens to be a restaurant. Everything you need to know about Sidney’s Five starts with its mini-martini flights–a trio of two-ounce pours–and ends with complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries.

Fill in the middle with excellent fresh-shucked charbroiled garlic and herb charbroiled oysters and andouille corn dogs.

This is one of the most popular bars in the area, so you’ll be sure to have a good time. I ordered a few drinks, but my favorite ended up being the Randy Savage.


Philomena’s Bar BKLN

790 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Philomena’s is Grand Street’s newest bar! The beautifully remodeled space is welcoming the community with open arms to try their featured infused ice cube cocktails.

Owned and run by brothers Kyle and Sean O’Brien of Den Hospitality, and third partner Kyle Dailies — who is the master behind the cocktails and infused ice creations — Philomena’s has already made quite a name for itself.

If you’re looking for one of the best spots to go out for drinks, this is the spot! I had the Gladys with vodka, homemade peach tea, lemon, and raspberry.


El Pingüino

25 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 463-9509
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Come to this Spanish seafood place, from the team behind the now-closed Alameda, for the sparkling-fresh raw bar, the fish and shellfish tapas, the conservas (high-end tinned anchovies, mussels, and the like), and, of course, the cool and quirky Greenpoint vibes.

We had so much fun at this place! My friends ordered the El Picador and Shiso Painkiller, and I opted for the Leatherman. My drink came with mezcal, sfumato, campari, and carpano antica.


Final Thoughts

Did we leave any bars off of our list? Let us know in the comments! We had a blast checking out all of these amazing spots and can’t wait to go back and explore more.

If you’re looking for an incredible night out on the town, look no further than the best bars New York City has to offer. Cheers!

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