6 Of The Best Bars To Visit In New York City
New York, the city that never sleeps is one of the most incredible cities in the world. With its iconic cityscape, culture and being the premier gateway of migration into the States, the 'big apple' is well known the world over.
There are tons of things to do in the city. You can take a walk in the famous Central Park, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or catch a show on Broadway, among other things.
After a long day in the city however, there's nothing better than a nice cold beer, wine or cocktail. There are so many bars in New York to go to, it can get hard to choose. Here are our top 6 bar to try in New York.
1.The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog
Located in the financial district, this bar has won numerous awards including Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award including the World's Best Bar 2015, World's Best Cocktail Menu 2013, 2015, Best American Cocktail Bar 2014 and many more.
Just from the awards alone we know that this place is a must, to stop by. The bottom floor of the venue is the relax 'Taproom' serving up craft beers, whiskeys and daily lunches. Head upstairs to the 'Parlor' for some small plates and to try 72 historically-accurate cocktails dreamed up by the nineteenth century's most celebrated bartenders.
Image: Bunny Boiler from the Spring-Shaken Menu
The bar itself can be described as Old-New York mixed with Irish-American tradition.
The Taproom opens daily from 11am – 4am and The Parlor opens from 5pm – 2am on Mondays through Wednesdays and 5pm – 3am on Thursdays through Saturdays.
The Dead Rabbit is located at 30 Water Street, near Broad Street, New York City.
2. Charles Hanson’s 169 Soul Jazz Bar
This bar has palm trees, a leopard-print pool table and a small menu of oysters, as well as borscht and dumplings. Located on the lower east side, the bar has been open since 1916 and was bought in 2006 by Charles Hanson. The bar has since, become the neighborhood “nightclub”.
You can grab some grub while you're there, choose from the Po'Boy Sandwiches, Fried Shrimp, Crayfish Tail or Oyster with Cajun Sauce or even Mac & Cheese.
169 Bar is open daily from 12pm – 4am.
And is located at 169 E Broadway, New York.
3. Lois, Wine Bar
Lois is a trendy East Village wine bar that offers 16 different wines on tap and focuses on natural and biodynamic varieties. The bar is the brainchild of two friends that shared the idea of good wine and good food should be accessible, has good quality and is not mutually exclusive.
They have a rotating menu of seasonal small plates, and have a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm – 4pm that include Lemon Baked Eggs, Croissants that are made-in-house and Goetta&Eggs, which is pan fried pork&oat hash, fried eggs, toast, maple red pepper and butter.
The wine that they offer are constantly changing and you can check out their selection here. They have wines such as Palomino Katas Sherry, Saintsbury Pinot Noir and Annabella Cabernet Sauvignon, among others.
They are open Mondays through Fridays from 5pm – 12am, Saturdays from 12pm – 12am and Sundays from 12pm – 11pm.
You can find Lois, Wine Bar in the Alphabet City neighborhood at 98 Loisaida Avenue New York.
4. Evening Bar
Image: Honey-Nut Old-Fashioned Cocktail
The bar is a take on a comfortable, classic hotel bar by Chef and owner Andrew Carmellini. Andrew also teams up and taps into the talents of mixologist Anne Robinson to offer seasonal cocktail menus that have an emphasis on artisanal distilleries, organic fruit and vegetable extracts with a studied approach to classic recipes.
The bar itself is decorated with mid-century modern furniture and leather banquettes. Their menu includes Big Eye Tuna, Grass-Fed Burger, Red Snapper and a few other nice treats.
The Evening Bar is open from Sunday through Thursday from 5pm – 11pm and Friday & Saturday from 5pm – 1am.
The bar is located at The SMYTH 85 West Broadway, New York.
Attaboy in the Lower East Side of the city was opened by bar scene veterans of the city from Milk&Honey, Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy. This bar has no menu and the cocktails are a mixologist's dream. The bartenders create drinks based on your taste (how cool is that), they may ask you for your liquor of choice and whether you prefer something “light or citrusy or more intense?” So be ready to be surprised!
The bar itself is unassuming and understated, the space is a narrow with flickering candles with low dim lights and gets full, very fast, on weekends.
Attaboy opens daily from 6.45pm – 4am*. And is located at 134 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side.
6. Little Branch
This bar is the brainchild of the late Sasha Petraske who was a visionary bar owner and drink maker that recently passed on this year (2015). The Little Branch is a cocktail lounge located in the West Village of New York, where the bartenders will give you a master-class in mixology, if you care to sit at the bar. Tell the bartender you liquor of choice and he will give you an encyclopedic list of old-fashioned cocktails. The bartenders will also custom make/ create a drink for the more adventurous among us.
The Little Branch has a warm atmosphere with vivid yellow walls and low ceilings and has an old upright piano that is occasionally used by the live entertainment every Sunday through Thursday from 10.30pm onward, the musicians playing performing different genres from Jazz to Blues.
The bar opens daily from 7pm – 3am.
And is located at 20 7th Ave S, New York.
Image: Bartender's Choice: Dominicana