New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world, and it has one of the most diverse populations in the U.S., with each ethnic group and demographic placing its distinct mark on New York’s countless neighborhoods.
A diverse population often leads to a diverse bar and nightlife scene. Every day there’s a hot new bar to visit. If you’re looking for trendy bars to explore while you’re in the big apple, check out the following list.
372 Fulton St, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (347) 689-3677
Sunken Harbor Club is a modern Tiki and rum bar in downtown Brooklyn. Located in an upstairs space decked out with nautical fixtures, old anchor rope, and a massive stained-glass window, the images of mythical oceanic creatures give this trendy bar a unique ambiance.
Departures Magazine voted Sunken Harbor Club one of their favorite New York City Cocktail bars, and I can tell you from experience the colorful tropical cocktails are as tasty as they look.
15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 473-9148
Teetering between NoHo and the East Village, McSorley’s Old Ale House is an iconic Irish tavern that opened in 1854.
The historical tourist attraction is also a time capsule for any beer and Irish pub fan that wants to experience old New York.
They serve authentic Irish ales in frosted pint glasses with snacks like cheese and crackers, making it a great trendy choice for an after-work drink.
30 Water St, New York, NY 10004
Phone: (646) 422-7906
Lauded by Forbes, WSJ, Time Out, The New York Times, and many more, The Dead Rabbit is an Irish-owned tavern and cocktail bar in the Financial District.
The bar fuses the owner’s Irish roots with Manhattan’s urban spirit, offering authentic Irish fare and drinks in a hip, kitschy, urban-chic space.
I loved their Irish coffee martini to accompany a scotch egg.
44 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Located a quick walk from McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Café Balearica is a cocktail bar and dance club modeled after Spain’s Balearic Island party scene.
The large warehouse space is bright and airy during the day, serving espresso. At night, it turns into a disco ball-lit, DJ-fueled dance party with spectacular tropical cocktails.
151 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Lullaby is a lively, always-packed cocktail bar in the heart of the Lower East Side with a cozy atmosphere that feels like you’re drinking at your close friend’s flat.
A favorite for hipsters, Lullaby offers creative and interesting cocktails and tasty Spanish bar snacks to enjoy in low-to-the-ground booths.
I was most impressed by the dole-whip cocktail, a creamy, boozy dessert served in a classic New York coffee stand cup.
54 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 968-1776
A few blocks from The Staten Island Ferry in the Financial District, Fraunces Tavern is New York’s oldest bar, established in 1762.
Its history as a meeting place for the founding fathers and perfectly preserved multi-room space is both a museum and a nationally registered landmark in New York.
There are various rooms in Fraunces Tavern, including an upstairs piano bar, an opulent dining space, and two other full bars offering a wealth of beer, cocktails, and delicious pub food.
15 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017
Phone: (917) 209-3440
Another iconic and elegant cocktail bar, The Campbell, is inside Grand Central Station, serving as an homage to the jazz-age businessman John W. Campbell. Campbell designed the bar as his personal office space and banquet hall.
It’s now a massive, three-room cocktail bar and kitchen that’ll transport you back to the roaring 20s while sipping expertly crafted cocktails and nibbling on delicious small plates and entrees.
5 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 658-1848
Another Financial District favorite, Temple Court is a stunning upscale New American restaurant and bar in a historic building lined with stained glass windows and crystal light fixtures.
Chef and owner Tom Colicchio create an elegant cocktail program to accompany a wonderful, multi-course menu. I loved the Hayao Miyazaki cocktail with sesame-washed Irish whiskey, raspberry, and matcha tincture.
674 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: (518) 984-3323
Eavesdrop is a unique and artsy Greenpoint bar centered around an immersive music experience. The stunning, modern bar has amazing acoustics and curved walls to create the perfect listening party for creatives and music lovers.
Their delicious cocktail and wine menu are as creative as their music lineup, with a full menu for dinner and brunch.
67 W 49th St, New York, NY 10112
The Pebble Bar is a three-story cocktail bar inside an iconic townhouse inside Rockefeller Center in Midtown East.
It used to be Hurley’s Watering Hole, a historic bar that opened in 1892 and closed in 2000. The Pebble Bar opened in 2022 with a pledge to continue Hurley’s legacy.
They offer a full cocktail bar on the second floor and a dining space on the third floor; if you’re staying for dinner, try the Maine Lobster roll.
563 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: (212) 714-1141
Good Judy is an LGBTQ bar in South Park Slope with a fun, colorful, and all-inclusive atmosphere. They have nightly entertainment, whether it’s a karaoke piano night, a drag queen show, or a dance party.
There’s also a nice sky-light-covered outdoor patio to enjoy cocktails, draft beers, and snacks.
9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 406-0400
Apotheke Chinatown is Chinatown’s premier speakeasy, located inside a nondescript building front with an ambiguous sign that says “Chemist.” The interior is a 1920s time capsule with opulent vintage furniture, carved ceilings, and old-school wallpaper.
Apotheke has a diverse cocktail menu and selection of Absinthe drinks using house-made ingredients from fresh produce and botanical tonics.
35 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
Phone: (347) 866-7739
Founded by famed French bartender Nico De Soto, Mace is an award-winning cocktail bar in Greenwich Village and a truly unique experience.
The industrial chic décor and elegant atmosphere offer some of the best cocktails and small bites you’ll ever taste. Mace has been deemed one of the 50 best bars in the world for the past five years.
35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 744-1600
Bemelmans Bar is the Carlyle Hotel’s gorgeous hotel bar on the Upper East Side. Its walls are covered with murals by the bar’s namesake artist and author of the Madeline children’s book, Ludwig Bemelmans.
There is live piano music during the evenings, as well as a jazz trio. I enjoyed listening to Jazz with a smooth vodka martini in hand at Bemelmans.
121 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
Martiny’s is a Japanese-style cocktail bar in the Flatiron District with a sleek design that will have you questioning whether you’re in New York or Tokyo.
The interesting and expertly crafted cocktails and small plates are almost too beautiful to eat or drink, and famed Japanese chefs and mixologists Wayne Cheng and Takuma Watanabe run the bar.
Trendy bars in NYC run the gamut from opulent speakeasies to LGBTQ bars. They all deliver a hip, lively atmosphere and unique cocktails for a night out in style.
Do you have a favorite trendy spot in NYC, or have you visited one from our list? Let us know in the comments!
- Sunken Harbor Club
- McSorley’s Old Ale House
- The Dead Rabbit
- Cafe Balearica
- Fraunces Tavern
- The Campbell
- Temple Court
- Pebble Bar
- Good Judy
- Apotheke Chinatown
- Bemelmans Bar