Best Bars in New York - Grab a Drink Right Now

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You don’t have to look far to find a bar in NYC. With many bars to choose from in New York, it’s hard to narrow it down to the best. So whether you are looking for a wine bar, dive bar, cocktail bar, rooftop bar, pub, or speakeasy, we have an option for you to check out. 

These nine bars are considered New Yorkers' favorite bars and may soon be yours too. 

Fraunces Tavern

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Fraunces Tavern, New York's mo st historic tavern and eatery. Being the oldest it is a National Historic Landmark and was previously frequented by many of the country's Founding Fathers. 

Fraunces Tavern Restaurant serves Traditional American cuisine, which provides a wide selection of specialty and small-batch beers.

Dive Bars NYC

Dive Bars NYC is a family of four dive bars on the Upper West Side. Real people looking for a fun time enjoying delicious foods, bar snacks, and classic cocktails should head to the Dive Bars. 

The flagship Dive Bar on Amsterdam Avenue and 96th Street recently commemorated 30 years in business.

Lucy’s

Lucy's bar in NYC

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Lucy’s is an authentic dive bar. At this East Village neighborhood bar, there’s only one bartender – Lucy. She’s been the owner and bartender since the 1970s.  

You’ll find a full bar, pool tables, jukebox, and tabletop quiz games at Lucy's. Enjoy affordable drinks in a laid-back atmosphere.

Lullaby

Visit Lullaby on the Lower East Side if you're searching for a bar with house party vibes and frozen dole whip cocktails. There are couches, low ceilings, electric music, and lots of people dancing, even though there isn't a designated dance floor. 

You’ll find Lullaby in the basement on Rivington (behind a sushi restaurant). A compromise between going to a club and going to a cocktail bar is how Lullaby makes you feel. Lullaby is undoubtedly one of the coolest bars in NYC. 

Ms. Kim’s Lounge and Private Karaoke

Reserve a private karaoke room at Ms. Kim's in Flatiron for karaoke nights or birthday celebrations with a group of friends. Each room is $120 an hour and holds up to 10 people. 

Ms. Kim’s has a unique air filter that ensures you aren't breathing anyone else's air. Sing along to ballads while enjoying delicious karaage and tender garlic soy chicken wings.

Panorama Room

Panorama Room bar in NYC

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Panorama Room, one of last year's best new rooftop bars, is located on the 18th level of the Graduate hotel on Roosevelt Island and offers breathtaking skyline views. 

This trendy and modern rooftop bar serves delicious cocktails, fun drinks, and fantastic food. Enjoy the raw bar or bar bites at this cocktail lounge while soaking up the stunning New York City view. 

Rudy’s Bar and Grill

Rudy’s Bar and Grill is a dive bar known f or its cheap craft beer and free hot dogs. When you step into Rudy’s Bar and Grill, you’ll feel as if you traveled back in time. Rumor has it Rudy’s was once a speakeasy frequented by Al Capone. 

Due to its renowned collection of jazz and blues, Rolling Stone named Rudy’s Bar and Grill the Best Jukebox in the city. Locals refer to this popular bar as an upper-lower-class cocktail lounge. 

Wine Escape

Wine Escape bar in NYC

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Wine Escape is a top choice amongst Theater District residents. This cozy restaurant and wine bar is in the heart of New York City. The rustic fittings, stone walls, and hardwood floors are all intended to make guests feel at home. 

The tiny environment, housed in a former art gallery, offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With a focus on classic Mediterranean dishes like hummus, falafel, beef croquettes, and famous zucchini pancakes, they also feature a large assortment of cheese, charcuterie, and tapas. 

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In addition, their menu includes a wide selection of wine and beer, available by the bottle or glass. Although Wine Escape is an elegant wine bar, it’s ideal for grabbing a low-key drink near Port Authority or Times Square.

Irish American Pub & Restaurant

The Irish American Pub & Restaurant features a large central bar with an adjoining Irish-American restaurant. On Wednesday, the pub hosts karaoke nights. 

Hearty bar food, draft beer, TVs, and a game room are available at this welcoming Irish pub with an American touch.

The Dead Rabbit

The Dead Rabbit is the world’s most awarded pub, and for a good reason. The Manhattan bar owners, Sean and Jack, created a tavern that is Irish with an American accent, inspired by the history of The Dead Rabbit gang. 

This unique pub offers three radically different dining and drinking experiences in a five-story townhouse from the 19th century. This financial district bar is one you won’t want to skip. Try the bartender's choice at this popular drinking destination.

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