New York City drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Club in Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

House of Yes

Anything goes at this hedonistic warehouse venue, with two stages, three bars and a covered outdoor area that offers some of the most creative themed performance and dance nights in Brooklyn. You might see aerial-si…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in SoHo & Chinatown

Apothéke

It takes a little effort to track down this former opium-den-turned-apothecary bar on Doyers St (look for the illustration of a beaker hanging above the doorway). Inside, skilled barkeeps work like careful chemists,…
Top Choice Pub in SoHo & Chinatown

Ear Inn

Want to see what SoHo was like before the trendsetters and fashionistas? Come to the creaking old Ear Inn, proudly billed as one of the oldest drinking establishments in NYC. The house it occupies was built in the l…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Midtown

The Campbell

In 1923 this hidden-away hall was the office of American financier John W Campbell. It later became a signalman's office, a jail and a gun storage before falling into obscurity. In 2017 it was restored to its origin…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in SoHo & Chinatown

Genuine Liquorette

Canned cocktails flipped to a soundtrack of Cyndi Lauper and Queen is the jam at this fun and frivolous basement bar, inspired by Californian liquor stores. Retro-hip bites come in the form of burgers, fries and a b…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

Maison Premiere

The interior of this New Orleans–style oyster and cocktail bar must be appreciated: antique photos, elegant glassware, bentwood chairs and stripped surfaces all add to a sense of occasion. Oysters and clams from aro…
Top Choice Bar in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn & Dumbo

Montero Bar & Grill

Montero's is the real deal: an anachronistic, neon-fronted, Pabst-peddling longshoreman's bar that's weathered every change thrown at this corner of Brooklyn since WWII. Its eclectic decor recalls the maritime types…
Top Choice Coffee in Financial District & Lower Manhattan

Bluestone Lane

The second installment in Bluestone Lane's booming US empire of Aussie-style coffee shops, this tiny outpost in the corner of an art-deco office block is littered with Melbourne memorabilia. Alongside Wall St suits …
Top Choice Bar in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Employees Only

This divine cocktail bar, tucked behind a discreet green awning on Hudson St, is a world-beater. Ace mixologists shake up crazy, addictive libations like the Ginger Smash, and the wood-rich art deco space makes ever…
Top Choice Bar in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Shrine

Don't fret that it looks like a dive from outside: friendly, unpretentious Shrine is one of the best places in Harlem (if not New York) to hear live bands without a cover charge. Musicians take to its small stage ev…