New York City is definitely not a “one bar fits all” metropolis. The nightlife options in New York are diverse and virtually limitless, catering to everyone from “thrifty drinkers” to “cocktail connoisseurs.”
Here are my NYC Summer 2017 top picks for bar partying.
Best Dive Bar
The only thing better than shots is themed shots. Try ordering Barcelona Bar‘s famous Harry Potter Shots and not only will you watch them burst into flames, but you’ll also get to watch the bartender make them while wearing a Gryffindor house scarf. If you’re not a Harry Potter fan, there are other shot options like Return of the King but be prepared to plop on a crown before chugging your shot from a goblet. If you’re more of a beer fan, try to make it to Barcelona Bar before 7 PM on any weekday and enjoy $3 drafts.
Honorable Mention: Bar None
Best Sports Bar
Besides serving the best tasting burger sliders and broadcasting almost every game you want to watch, Stout is only one block from Madison Square Garden, making it the un-official official pre-game and post-game bar. And if you don’t feel like splurging on tickets to the game, feel free to watch the game at Stout while choosing from one of their more than fifty Irish and Scottish whiskeys.
Honorable Mention: Triona’s
Best Rooftop Bar
St. Cloud Social Rooftop
The St. Cloud Social Rooftop at The Knickerbocker Hotel puts you right in the middle of New York’s skyline. The menu includes some obvious items such as Gin mixed cocktails and upscale bar food like tomato brioche and eggplant polpette. But you’ll also spot some less than typical items like Cuban cigars and pina colada and margaritas popsicles.
Honorable Mention: Gallow Green
Slate NYSlate is perfect for that large group of friends with varying personalities. Slate NY Slate is one of the larger bars in the city so you’ll less likely have to deal with the overcrowding that can occur at many other locations. And while the bottom floor is perfect for those who enjoy a calm round of pool or a giant Connect Four with their drink, the top floor is a full lounge space that becomes a filled dance floor by the end of the night.
Honorable Mention: PH-D Rooftop Lounge
Best Cocktail Bar
The Dead Rabbit NYC
The Dead Rabbit has completely transformed the typical cocktail bar atmosphere, by combining top-notch hospitality, high quality cocktails, and an Irish bar vibe. With drink combinations like True Blue, made of Irish Whiskey, Apple Brand, Guinness, PX Sherry, and White Miso, it’s not surprising that this spot has been praised for their alcohol expertise.
Honorable Mention: House of Wax
Raines Law Room
It may seem at first that you’re walking into a basement apartment, but you end up somewhere that is so much better. Raines Law Room not only captures the semi-hidden aura of 1920 speakeasies, but the entire design of the bar is crafted as prohibition-era New York. Adding some modernity to the menu, Raines Law Room allows guests to “build their own Old Fashioned”. You can expect a short wait when visiting but reservations are available Sunday-Tuesday.
Honorable Mention: Bathtub Gin