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The Best Bars in New York CIty

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Whatever your nightlife scene or drink of choice, there's a New York City watering hole to satisfy your tastes. Longtime dive bars and historic taverns are thriving, even as beer gardens and speakeasy-style lounges continue to spread from the East Village to Williamsburg and beyond. Credit for the craft cocktail revival goes largely to NYC native Sasha Petraske, whose legacy lives on at spots like Dutch Kills and Pegu Club. Here are more favorite drinking destinations, from happy hour at Maison Premiere to last call at an iconic hotel bar.
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80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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For some of the best views of the New York City skyline, you have to leave Manhattan. Case in point: the Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Located on the east side of the East River, this place serves up a view that stretches from the...
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433 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
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When Death & Company opened in the East Village in 2006 it was not among the first wave of that period's cocktail revival, but it would prove to be one of the most enduring of the second generation of lounges. The original owners opted for an...
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2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
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The King Cole Bar is about as legendary as any bar in New York. Located in the St. Regis Hotel at Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, it has been the place to go for a cocktail since it opened in 1932—Salvador Dalí, John Lennon, and Marilyn...
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567 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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The White Horse Tavern in the West Village is about as old-school as any bar can get. Founded in 1880, its long dark-wood bar is backed by a mirror and lined with stools; vintage prints and photos adorn the walls. It's also a cultural institution,...
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77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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When Audrey Saunders first opened Pegu Club on Houston Street in 2005, it was a pioneer. While nowadays bars and hotels around the world can boast of mixologists creating handcrafted cocktails, Saunders started her business when the idea of an...
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383 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
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The Gowanus Canal has long been a scar on Brooklyn, a toxic Superfund site that the city, state, and federal governments have spent millions of dollars to return to something somewhat closer to a pristine state. With Brooklyn enjoying a red-hot...
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27-24 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
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Don't let the name frighten you; it's merely a reference to the neighborhood in which this bar is located ("kills" means "creek" and "Dutch," of course, is a nod to the colonists of "New Amsterdam"). When it opened, it attracted only locals in the...
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615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
Williamsburg having had its moment as the epicenter of cool in Brooklyn, some of that energy has moved north in recent years. Greenpoint remains a largely Polish neighborhood, but one hipster beachhead has been Tørst on Manhattan Avenue....
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2919 24th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102, USA
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New York City's oldest beer garden laid its cornerstone more than 100 years ago, and it remains a popular destination for beer lovers of all ages. While it draws visitors year-round, its ample backyard is best enjoyed in warmer months, when a full...
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Hudson River Park Pier 25, New York, NY 10013, USA
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Introducing Grand Banks: New York's floating oyster bar aboard the historic Sherman Zwicker, the last of a large fleet of schooners that fished the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic and traded goods in South America. As of July 4th, the boat is...
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155 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, USA
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City Winery is one of those rare places that does many things well. The fully-functioning winery is also an event venue that hosts live music performances as well as food and wine classes; plus, it serves food, too. The menu is...
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53 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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"Where Pride Began" is the slogan of this West Village bar that is not only a landmark for the city's LGBTQ community but, as of June 2016, a National Historic Landmark as well. On June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the bar, part of a...
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899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
This cavernous beer hall in Crown Heights from the team behind Brooklyn Flea (a weekend flea market that travels to different locations in the borough) opened in 2014 and has quickly become a popular spot. The aesthetic is warehouse Brooklyn:...
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225 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009, USA
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The East Village bar’s menu ranks drinks on a scale from refreshing to spirituous, and comforting to adventurous. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image courtesy of Alice Gao
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22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA
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Pier A has a long and storied history, but its life as a restaurant and bar is relatively new. Opened in 1886 as the headquarters for the Harbor Police and Department of Docks, it served numerous other official government functions before opening...
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146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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"Why are so many people hanging out at this pawn shop?" you might think to yourself while walking along Essex Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. But it's not the goods in this (working!) pawn shop that the hangers-about are interested in; it's...
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530 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
Rare is the bar that can be all things to all people successfully, but so it is for Gallow Green. Located atop The McKittrick Hotel, the bar is a hot spot for weekend brunch, especially among art lovers who plan to gallery hop around the Chelsea...
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298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
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Maison Premiere's French influence invites you into another era around its marble horseshoe bar. If you come early, you can take your time here. We were lured by the $1 oyster special during happy hour. It all washed down well with a boozy sazerac...
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135 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
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Rooftop bars are a dime a dozen in New York and many of them offer great views of the city's skyscrapers. But none is taller than Bar 54, which sits atop the Hyatt Times Square on the 54th floor. There are aspects of the decor that scream "chain...
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622 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017, USA
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Tequila lovers will want to make a beeline to Midtown East for an evening at La Bilblioteca ("The Library"), where more than 400 bottles of tequila and other agave-based spirits await. In addition to small-batch produced tequila, which you can...
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425 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
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Chelsea Market is a popular destination for its diverse restaurants and food stalls, ranging from fresh lobster and seafood to tacos, crepes, and currywurst, but underneath the street level is a less visible but equally popular destination: The...