The 5 Best Bars in Midtown Manhattan You Have to Try

Best Of New York. Sep 17th 22

New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world, and if you haven't been, it's probably on your bucket list. There are many different boroughs and great activities in New York City. But one of the most popular activities is hitting the bar scene every night.

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With each borough having its own unique offerings, it might be hard to pick between all the wonderful bars available to you. Whether you're looking for a wine bar, a rum house, or a classic Irish bar, you will most definitely be able to find something.

If you happen to be staying in midtown Manhattan, there are five bars that are a must-see in the area. After all, there is more to see than the Empire State Building or Times Square, you know!

Best Bars in Midtown NYC - Manhattan

There are so many great bars in midtown New York City that it might be challenging to single out the best bars for many. We have put together a list of several midtown bars that each have a great atmosphere and offer a wealth of delicious drinks.

Jimmy's Corner

If you are someone who likes more of a divey atmosphere geared toward sports bar enthusiasts, this is one of the best choices for you. The bar, which almost has an Irish pub vibe, was opened by a professional boxer in 1971.

Main bar area in Jimmy's Corner

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Its walls are littered with boxing memorabilia, and it is one of the more down-to-earth bars in midtown New York City. For beer lovers who are into a casual and comfortable bar, Jimmy's Corner is a must to visit.

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant 

This historical staple of the midtown Manhattan area is located down the street from the Chrysler building. It offers a delicious drink menu filled with classic cocktails and specialty drinks like an espresso martini. Besides the drinks, it also offers a wealth of delicious seafood.

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Serving customers since 1913, the bar has specialty wines or martinis (like their cold brew martini) to pair with just about any meal.

Rudy's Bar & Grill 

This bar has a lot of character! It offers a unique atmosphere starting from the six-foot-five glass pig at its entrance to the interior.

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Once inside this awesome bar, don't look for a fancy cocktail menu. For lovers of beer, this option offers a vast selection, and on top of that, you get free hot dogs and other fun bar snacks.

Ophelia

For those looking for a bar with a rich history, especially regarding feminism, Ophelia is the place to go. This bar opened in 1928 and was managed by a woman, which was highly controversial at the time. It even became a host for a social club during the suffragette movement.

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Now it is a unique place known to those in the area as the Hatter. With a fun interior and an amazing menu, this is one of the best options for a higher-end experience.

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Lantern's Keep

This midtown bar is well known as one of the best cocktail bars in the midtown scene. This beautiful bar's interior offers an atmosphere that includes blue velvet chairs and impressionist paintings on the walls.

Tables and bar area at Lantern's Keep NYC

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Because of the highbrow look and feel, it is one of the best places to visit. Make sure to check out their wine selection too. Though primarily seen as a cocktail bar, it could also be called one of the best wine bars in the area.

Honorable Mentions

  • The Rum House in the Hotel Edison (for a more spirit-based excursion)
  • The Campbell (this one has a beautiful bar room)
  • Daintree (this bar offers an exquisite martini menu and outdoor seating as it is a rooftop bar)

Conclusion

Midtown Manhattan has some of the best restaurants and bars in New York. Most New Yorkers have a ton of jokes about this area, but would still suggest you head out at happy hour and take a look, as the area is filled with amazing bars.

The five bars we looked at above offer many great drinks; some even have fantastic specials. Whether you are looking for a rooftop bar or a cozy spot to grab a beer, make sure you check out one of the options mentioned above.

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