New York City Bars & Nightlife
Vintry Wine & Whiskey
57 Stone St., Financial District
The emphasis at this wine bar is on Burgundy, as evidenced by the dozens of excellent options from the region behind the bar. As the name suggests, they also offer carefully-crafted cocktails that generally revolve around whiskey. While it’s best as a post-work or pre-dinner pit-stop, they serve a limited menu of share plates.
Pier A Harbor House
22 Battery Pl., Financial District
This historic 28,000-square-foot building used to be the headquarters of the Harbor Police. Built in 1886, it's a designated New York City landmark and registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Thanks to a gigantic refurb, it's now a multi-bar/restaurant destination, and its unparalleled views of the harbor are now open to the public. On the main floor, you'll find the Long Hall and Oyster Bar, which is kind of the perfect pitstop after a long walk along the Hudson—though there's also the whiskey-themed Harrison Room, complete with a really gorgeous stained-glass ceiling, and The Commissioner's Bar, where you'll find old-fashioned cocktails and a deep list of champagnes. Upstairs, there's a fancy restaurant, and above that, a private event space.
The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog
30 Water St., Financial District
This award-winning bar is incredibly well-executed to feel like a 19th-century Irish pub that’s been subtly turned on its head. (For one, the mixologists are some of the world’s best.) On the ground-floor, you’ll find a classic, though impeccably-designed taproom with bottled punch, whiskeys, and craft beers (along with a hearty menu of sandwiches and pies); Upstairs, it gets a little bit fancier as they make 72 historically accurate cocktails from the 19th-century in a lounge-like room. The food menu upstairs is actually the same, with offerings like sausage rolls, oysters, and burgers. Funnily, there’s a mini-grocery, too, in keeping with tradition where you can buy things like Irish Cheddar and salami to go or eat at the bar.
The Hideaway Seaport
22 Peck Slip, 151 Water St., Financial District
At first glance, this looks like a laid-back bar with a good cocktail list; but the major appeal, here, is that on Sundays, they bring in Maryland Blue Crabs. These are served alongside nicer bar food than you'd expect, like truffled fries and a homemade burger. There is another downtown location in Tribeca.
185 Duane St., Tribeca
At first glance, this looks like a laid-back bar with a good cocktail list; but the major appeal, here, is that on Sundays, they bring in Maryland Blue Crabs. These are served alongside nicer bar food than you'd expect, like truffled fries and a homemade burger. There are two locations downtown—one in Tribeca, one in the South Street Seaport.
16 N. Moore St., Tribeca
This is one of Tribeca’s most history-laden taverns, with the pressed tin ceilings and sagging floors to prove it. The menu is a bit random—hummus, cowboy chili, chicken tenders—but most people really come for a cocktail and a seat at the wonderfully worn-in bar.
159 Duane St., Tribeca
This is the second outpost of the Prospect Heights bar, loved for its great music and relaxed vibe.
589 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights
White subway tiles, a relaxed bar, and great music sum up this bar in Prospect Heights, worth traveling to for a drink (or many). Another bonus? You can still hear yourself speak. To make a night of it, grab dinner at The Vanderbilt, a very solid, lively restaurant across the street. There's another outpost in Tribeca.
615 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint
The walls here are clad in distressed wood that contrasts nicely with the room's main feature: A long, sleek, white marble bar. In short, this is exactly what you'd imagine a great bar in Denmark might look like. To complete the concept, the chef is a Noma veteran, and bar snacks include the requisite rye breads and Nordic-style pickles and smoked fish. The food and the great selection of rare craft beers attracts a pretty hip, Greenpoint crowd. Meanwhile, in the 25-seat back room known as Luksus, it's a decidedly more formal affair, with an oft-changing tasting menu of Scandinavian-influenced fare.
24 Harrison St., Tribeca
Terroir is the kind of bar where even wine connoisseurs might learn something new. And on the flip side, if you've always found wine intimidating, the incredibly knowledgeable staff are more than happy to make recommendations and teach you everything they know. Their wine menu is vast, as as is the meat-heavy small bites menu. During the summers, they set up shop on The Highline, too.