The Best Bars In New York City


From Prohibition-style speakeasies through to some of the very best bars in the world, New York has it all when it comes to drinking destinations. Here’s where to sip in style.


This rooftop Brooklyn bar serve original and classic cocktails alongside rare spirits, craft beer and wine, as small plates of global street food. The 360-degree view wows so reservations are recommended.


The Bar Room

The Midtown East bar scene is richer thanks to The Bar Room – traditional buttoned leather banquets in this brasserie-style establishment create a sophisticated atmosphere for drinkers and diners.


Employees Only

This prohibition-inspired retro speakeasy has inventive drinks and restaurant-standard food.


City Vineyard

If you’re in the city in summer, the Wine Garden at City Vineyard is a treat, where you can sit under sweeping grape vines and admire the Hudson river views.


The Dead Rabbit

Twice winner of the world’s best bar, with food and entertainment thrown in, this dream team have just released a cocktail book that reads like a graphic novel – ingenious.

Smith & Mills

Mr Purple

For an elegant bar scene, this rooftop joint has a pool on one terrace and Manhattan skyline views aplenty.



As the name suggests, the mixology of cocktails takes on scientific connotations with ingredients picked from local greenmarkets or the rooftop herb garden.


Smith & Mills

This tiny converted carriage has vintage decor, with walls made from moulded plaster and centuries-old wood, reflecting the owners reverence for industry and design.



Winner of ‘Best New American Bar 2017’, Blacktail is a prohibition-style speakeasy offering a taste of Cuba reminiscent of Havana-soaked nights.


Wilfie & Nell

An upscale NYC dive bar, Greenwich Village’s Wilfie & Nell is perfect for beer, cocktails and even a satisfying brunch or burger (food is served ‘til 2am).



Primo's draws inspiration from the mid-century resorts of the Italian Riviera and the Long Island social clubs of yesteryear with classic cocktails and small plates in an uber-stylish Instagram interiors dream setting.

The Alley Cat Amateur Theatre


Named after Ludwig Bemelmans, creator of the celebrated Madeline children’s books, this art deco-styled bar on the Upper East Side is classic New York.


The Alley Cat Amateur Theatre

This lounge bar in the cellar of the historic Beekman Hotel transports you to what it feels like backstage at a theatre. Props, mannequins and pianos set the scene in this sophisticated yet relaxed bar.


The Django

A winning combination of craft cocktails, small plates and jazz every night in Tribeca in this Paris-inspired, cave-like basement bar.



Above Freemans Restaurant lies Banzabar, an intimate cocktail bar behind an unmarked door. Book ahead and try ‘The Kraken’ – a whole tempura-fried octopus.

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