Financial District 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.