There are a
million and one ways to have fun in this city, but this is a hedonist's
guide, after all,
and oftentimes that means imbibing like you really mean it. For satisfying drinking in New York, the specifics are as diverse as the
people who come here, but there are a few general rules we like to follow.
Intoxication, and the subsequent loss of inhibition (or bodily function,
depending on who you are), calls for an environment in which you are
comfortable and where you are surrounded by stimulating folk with whom you can
cut loose without fear of reproach. If you love to howl at your friends' jokes,
for example, don't go to the Burp Castle on East 7th Street, where
it's all about the worshipful consumption of beer and the decibel level is
kept to a low hum by the staff. If you love the velvet rope scene and "getting
in" really gets you off, don't be talked into one of the city's petite and discreet cocktail dens. But most of all, don't get caught up on the "don'ts" -- New York's bar scene is almost as broad as its restaurant offerings, and it's more than possible to carve out your perfect niche here.
61 Local puts a premium on all things Brooklyn and handcrafted.
Angel's Share combines the best of classic cocktail making with a Japanese ...
A temple to the young and hip Arlene's Grocery is a great place to kick bac...
Lower East Side
Made up of two rooms with two very different atmospheres this is a great pl...
Milk & Honey's little brother, Attaboy serves incredible cocktails in a...
Lower East Side
Glamorous decor with fine design flourishes. Pulsing sounds and an A-list c...
Bar Veloce draws in a smart and sophisticated crowd in need of a good glass...
Barcade is a celebration of American craft beer – and retro arca...
Without the attitude Barracuda is one of Chelsea's better gay bars.
This unfussy haunt may well be one of the best (and most relaxed) plac...
This is a classy and traditional place to go and enjoy a cocktail among som...
Upper East Side
Black & White
Although a little on the small side this is a fun and busy spot to get a gr...
This buzzy little place is great for a drink and to do a bit of people watc...
Blind Tiger spent time researching fine coffee roasting techniques and crea...
Stylishly decorated and serving good drinks to the young and fabulous in Ne...