When you’re visiting, it’s only natural that you’ll want to go to the best bars in New York City. But, if you’re just a tourist, how are you supposed to know which ones those are? Seriously, there are so many bars in New York City to choose from. And, you definitely don’t want to get stuck in a dumb touristy bar that the locals snub.
That’s why we have created a list to help you get your drink on in the best city in the world. Below is a list of the absolute best bars in NYC. They’re all a little different, so you’ll be sure to find something that suits your taste.
Check out our 2019 picks for best bars in New York City:
Please Don’t Tell
This speakeasy-style New York City bar is one that you’ll have to tell your friends about. Guests enter through an old-fashioned phone booth next door in a hotdog shop. The bar is complete with a wooden interior and taxidermey on the walls. When it’s super busy you may have to wait a few minutes to get in, but other than that, this place is a total hidden gem!
ABC Beer Co.
This craft beer bar and shop is the perfect New York City bar for any beer connoisseur. There are 350 different craft beers to try. So, this is a place you’ll want to visit multiple times on your trip to the city. There are also some great bar apps that will match perfectly with your brew-of-choice.
Have you ever wanted to play games and drink? This is the place to be then! Sometimes, the average bar gets a little boring. Just sitting and drinking- what’s the fun in that? But, when you go to Barcade, you can guarantee a good time with all the arcade games to choose from. This is also a great date spot if you want to let loose a little.
Another secret bar, Angel’s Share, is known for its classic cocktail menu. The decor is romantic and classic with the utilization of angel paintings reminiscent of an old church. Just don’t go on a weekend unless you want to wait an hour or so to get in.
Bar SixtyFive is the highest terrace bar in New York City. The views from this lounge area are absolutely incredibly. Of course, with views like this, the drinks are a little pricey. But, you get quality mixed cocktails that will leave you breathless.
The vibe of Dead Rabbit is a traditional Irish pub with a modern twist. This place has everything from a massive selection of whiskey to good eats to polished cocktails to entertainment. Plus, the crew is HUGE on making the customer feel warm and invited. What else could you ask for?
Good luck trying to find this crazy little speakeasy! However, when you do you’ll be delighted to find the crew in suspenders with a piano player going at it hard in the backgroud. This cozy little prohibition-style bar is perfect for a date with its candlelight ambiance.
This is the oldest Irish bar in NewYork City- so, of course, we had to put it on the list. There is nothing trendy or posh about this little tavern. But, if you love history, then it’s definitely a place to sit down for a pint or two.
Pianos, located on the lower east side had to make it onto our list or bars in New York City because it’s so damn popular. Locals and tourists alike love to dance the night away Fridays and Saturdays here. Yes, it can get a little sweaty and crowded, but the drinks are cheap and the music is hot, so you’ll be sure to have a good time!
Camp is a super fun bar for anyone that enjoys the pleasures of the wilderness. It’s located just over the bridge in Brooklyn, but it’s defintely worth the trek from the mainland. Enjoy the cabin-like interior and be sure to order a round of smores for your table!