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 venue with live jazz and a fun crowd.
  • Ear Inn Creaking old-school SoHo pub with jazz on Sundays and wooden tables.
  • 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.
  • Raines Law Room Well-composed cocktails from serious mixologists in a Prohibition-style den near Union Sq.
  • 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.
  • Harlem Hops Pair craft brews with spicy meat pies at Harlem's only 100% African American–owned beer bar.
  • 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 beer served with thick accents at NYC’s favorite beer garden in underrated Queens.
  • Bronx Brewery Community-minded microbrewery with excellent brews and a creative events roster.

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

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Ear Inn Expect friendly, diverse patrons and straight-froward service at one of the oldest drinking establishments in NYC.
  • Montero Bar and Grill Ramshackle Brooklyn charm with cheap beer and karaoke.

Coffee

Mocktails

  • 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.

Best in Brooklyn

Solo Travelers

  • Brandy Library Civilized Tribeca spot in which to take your time over top-shelf cognac, whiskey and brandy.
  • Spuyten Duyvil Low-key Brooklyn beer bar with sociable locals.
  • Caledonia A long, comfortable bar staffed by folk who love to chat about whiskey, on the Upper East Side.
  • Ides Craft cocktails and beers on a hotel rooftop in Williamsburg.
  • La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Frenchified Nolita wine cavern with bar-counter seating and a top-class list of wines by the glass.
  • Irving Farm Roasters Artisanal coffee chain where customers ditch wi-fi in favor of books.