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If there is one place in New York that does whiskey and pickle-back shots, it's gotta be Whiskey Tavern. Tucked amidst the baffling conundrum of Chinatown, this bar has been a local haunt for the after-work denizens and friendly folks of downtown. They pride themselves on an impressive drink menu with a notable beer selection, apart from the staple whiskeys and cocktails. This place truly lives up to its reputation, with no signs of pretense, just a warm and cozy tavern where the drinks flow and good times roll. The setup itself is simple, with a wood and brick theme, background music, televisions and garden area. And if you're not that buzzed you could toil away the night with a game of Ultimate Jenga or Connect Four!
Apothèke is one of the many "speakeasy" type bars found throughout Manhattan. This sanctuary located on this hidden alley in New York's Chinatown has plenty of old-fashion panache, though the drinks may be a bit on the pricey side. The bar replicates an old-world apothecary, proudly displaying antique medicine bottles and old-fashioned chemistry equipment. This bar is manned by expert bartenders who sport white lab coats and dispense alcoholic "prescriptions" (as they call them) like the Mata Hari, Femme Fatale and Dr. Ruth, which are created with the Apothèke's house-blended absinthe and other elixirs.
Allow yourself to unwind at this classic bar and restaurant when at Nolita. This popular neighborhood bar has it all, whether you want to start your day here with breakfast, or end it in the wee hours of the morning on weekends. The bar is well stocked with a great selection of wines and other spirits. Treat yourself to drinks that range from alcoholic slushies and craft cocktails to cans of budget-priced beer and everything in between.
Get ready to be surprised! At first Beauty and Essex looks like a normal pawn shop, but walk through the storefront and open another door to discover a speakeasy-style restaurant with interiors that ooze panache, from the high ceilings to the ornate lanterns. The menu is composed of global favorites with special emphasis on contemporary American. The drink list is extensive, to say the least, from cocktails and wines to beer. With a crowd that matches up to the ambiance, this is a place to see and be seen.
McSorley's is a Cooper Union landmark that first opened sometime around the Civil War. It is one of the oldest continuously operating bars in the city. McSorley's serves two kinds of beer, McSorley's Lager and McSorley's Cream Stock Ale, and they are served two mugs at a time. Inside, you'll find sawdust on the floor and historic bric-à-brac alongside photos and news clippings. The menu is simple, with appetizers such as hearty cheese plates. Just be sure to keep the pub's centuries-old motto in mind: "Be Good or Be Gone!"
PDT (which stands for Please Don't Tell) is a "secret" bar on St. Mark's Place. A call from a phone booth in Crif Dogs (the adjacent restaurant) is the only way to get in. Once accepted, a secret door opens up in the phone booth, leading to PDT. It's not much of a secret anymore though, because the club is hugely popular. Once inside, you'll find a crowded bar area steeped in darkness. The inventive cocktail selection is superb and a major draw. If you're hungry you can also order from the Crif Dogs food menu, which gets delivered to the club via a small pass. A visit to PDT is quite an interesting experience indeed.
Established in 1892 and surviving the Prohibition Era, the Old Town Bar is indeed old, and it is definitely a bar in the traditional sense (filled with lots of drinkers and smokers). However, it is also a restaurant with plenty of atmosphere and good bar food. The old booths, tin ceilings, frosted glass, beveled mirrors and mahogany bar all add to the charm. The menu features burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads.
Situated in Boerum Hill, just off Smith Street on Bergen Street, 61 Local is a bright sunny welcoming beer space specializing in local food and drink. On busy nights seating is limited, so there's a chance for some standing. Even if you have to share a table, there's a good chance new friends will be made anyway. Staff are very knowledgeable about the beers and are willing to offer samples before you make your selection. There's also a basic menu featuring snacks, like grilled cheeses and cured meat plates. Overall, the vibe is good at 61 Local anytime and a good reason to venture to Brooklyn.
Clover Club may look like an ordinary bar from the exterior, but once inside, patrons are transported back in time to an era of free-flowing drinks and live jazz. Celebrated mixologist Julie Reiner leads a team of experienced bartenders in creating classic mixes, shareable punches, and inventive cocktails. Let a plate of inspired pub fare like braised pork and grits complement a refreshing cocktail like a rhubarb spritz. There's no end to the hospitality at the Clover Club, so come get cozy on a leather sofa by the Victorian fireplace and let this premier establishment do the rest.
With a décor that will transport you to a pub in Ireland, Stout NYC is a beer heaven which houses exclusive brews. This high ceiling-ed bar sports an extensive beer collection and has varied stouts like dry, imperial, oatmeal and sweet. A traditional Irish breakfast including fish and chips, bangers and mash is available on Saturdays and Sundays. Burgers, thin crust pizzas, salads, eight different kinds of oysters are the culinary delights of this place. Relish delicacies like fire cracker shrimp, stout house salad, chicken and lemongrass dumplings, avocado toast, and grilled chicken among others as you admire your surroundings and unwind over tasteful drinks and scrumptious food!
For those who crave for a little IPA with their Donkey Kong, Barcade just might be the place. The lovingly-designed space combines hand-crafted pub furnishings with several classic arcade games. Draft and craft brews are the specialty of the house featuring East Coast heavy hitters like Peekskill and West Coast humdingers like Lagunitas, but there is also a full bar. So whether you like a shot of Jim Beam before a round of Centipede or a goblet of Belgian-style strong ale to accompany a rousing Ms Pac-Man tournament, Barcade can probably accommodate you.
The Union Hall is a former warehouse that has been transformed into a chic nightclub, restaurant, bar and concert venue. Garden seating, a fireplace and two bocce courts give this place a whole new effect. The stylish interiors bring to mind a bygone era and create an intimate space to sip on craft brews and share upscale pub plates. Brunch is offered on the weekends as well as a bar menu served daily. Union Hall is a popular event venue and hosts live shows from concerts to comedy and even science night! The roster of talent is always changing, so there's always something new to discover here.
You know you've arrived at Rudy's Bar & Grill when you see the giant ceramic pig standing outside. Visitors to this local dive bar enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, where most of the locals don't take themselves too seriously - the booths are even covered in duct tape. If you're hungry, they offer tasty hot dogs and other American comfort food to go along with your beer.
With a whooping 60 beers on tap, Greenwood Park is a large beer garden that is housed in a former mechanic shop and gas station. Located in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, this watering hole is crammed with locals throughout the evening. A Hip crowd and rustic ambiance make for a great atmosphere to hang out on weekends. Family-friendly till 7p, this bar also has a great service and food menu. Drop by to taste their eclectic beer selection and pub bites.
Penrose is a comfortable bar with a friendly ambiance that will immediately put you to ease. Located on the Upper East Side, this quaint little place features exposed brick, reclaimed wood and antique touches. Classic and specialty cocktails abound, as well as their soda spikes. The bar offerings are a perfect compliment to the upscale pub grub.