Drinking & Nightlife

  • Silvana Hidden basement bar in Harlem with great live music every night of the week.
  • House of Yes Unrivaled destination for a wild night out at this Bushwick warehouse space.
  • Apothéke An atmospheric lounge and former opium den with great cocktails hidden away in Chinatown.
  • Rue B An appealing little East Village den with live jazz and a fun crowd.
  • Maison Premiere Absinthe, juleps and oysters shine bright at this Big Easy tribute in Williamsburg.

Classic Date Bars

  • Manhattan Cricket Club Intimate, handsomely designed cocktail spot in the Upper West Side.
  • Pegu Club Made-from-scratch concoctions in a Burma-inspired SoHo hideaway.
  • Ten Bells Candlelit beauty with great drinks and tapas in the Lower East Side.
  • Little Branch Speakeasy-chic is all the craze, but no one does it quite like this West Village hideout.

Cocktails

  • Bar Goto Lower East Side icon under the helm of New York's most famous mixologist.
  • Dead Rabbit Meticulously researched cocktails, punches and pop-inns – lightly hopped ales spiked with different flavors – in a snug FiDi den.
  • Employees Only Award-winning barkeeps and arresting libations in the timeless West Village.
  • Lantern’s Keep Classic, elegant libations in a historic Midtown hotel.
  • Genuine Liquorette A Cali-style bodega in Little Italy, where innovative drinks meet playful irreverence.
  • Death & Co Brilliant combinations dreamed up by the city's top tastemakers.

Wine Selection

Beer

  • Spuyten Duyvil A much-loved Williamsburg spot serving unique, high-quality crafts.
  • Bier International Some of Europe's finest beers on draft at this Harlem hall.
  • Astoria Bier & Cheese Artisanal suds meet gourmet cheeses in Astoria, Queens.
  • Proletariat Tiny East Village bar serving up extremely uncommon brews.
  • Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden Czech brews served with thick accents at NYC’s favorite beer garden in underrated Queens.
  • Birreria Unfiltered, unpasteurized Manhattan ales on a Flatiron rooftop.

Spirits

  • Ghost Donkey Eclectic downtown space that specializes in mezcal and tequila.
  • Brandy Library Blue-blooded cognacs, brandies and more for Tribeca connoisseurs.
  • Rum House Unique, coveted rums and a pianist to boot in Midtown.
  • Dead Rabbit NYC’s finest collection of rare Irish whiskeys in the Financial District.

Dance Clubs & House DJs

  • Cielo A thumping, modern classic in the Meatpacking District.
  • Le Bain Well-dressed crowds still pack this favorite near the High Line.
  • Berlin Yesteryear’s free-spirited dance days live on at this concealed East Village bolt-hole.
  • Bossa Nova Civic Club A hip little Bushwick haunt for those craving off-the-radar thrills.

Dive Bars

  • Spring Lounge Soaks, ties and cool kids unite at this veteran Nolita rebel.
  • Malachy’s The perfect place for a 1pm pick-me-up in the Upper West Side.
  • Sunny’s Our favorite Red Hook dive, near the Brooklyn waterfront.
  • Cowgirl SeaHorse Always a good time at this nautically themed drinkery in Lower Manhattan.
  • Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill No-nonsense waterfront bar in Queens with jaw-dropping views of Manhattan.

Coffee

Stumptown Coffee Roasters Hipster baristas serving Portland’s favorite cup o’ joe.

Bluestone Lane Aussie brewing prowess in the shadow of Wall St.

Blue Bottle Coffee Specialty coffee roasted on-site in Brooklyn.

La Colombe Sucker-punch roasts for the downtown cognoscenti.

Little Collins A tribute to Melbourne coffee culture in Midtown East.

Kaffe 1668 South Caffeinated glory (and room to sit) in Tribeca.

Matcha Bar Skip the traditional espresso and treat yourself to a rich, flavorful matcha latte.

Mocktails

  • North End Grill Vibrant juices and artisanal flavors at Danny Meyer’s downtown bar-and-grill.
  • NoMad Sophisticated mocktails in a luxe, Victoriana oasis.
  • Flatiron Lounge Fresh, seasonal mocktails and deco design in Flatiron.
  • Clover Club Vintage-inspired classics (with or without alcohol) served with verve on Brooklyn’s Smith St.

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