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!"
This pub is one of the oldest bars in the city. The house itself was built prior to 1817 and is named after its owner, former slave and revolutionary war hero, James Brown. Mr. Brown originally sold tobacco to sailors before embarking on the docks right outside the door where the Hudson came ashore. Over the last century, it has lived a precarious existence slinging drinks due to developers and the constant maintenance of this almost two century-old house. The house is a relic of yesteryear and though the interior decor has changed due to zoning requirements in the city, there is history galore in the structure, as old jugs that date from 1870 and memorabilia are displayed throughout. Some locals still call the bar the "Green Door" due to the fact that before the "Bar" sign was painted over to show "Ear" and the door was the only viable moniker everyone knew. The place was originally a haunt for sailors, and several ghost stories are associated with the establishment making it something of a local legend. The kitchen offers the usual Irish/American pub fare with a few brews on tap. A true New York City bar, this is a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy a few pints.
Sunny's Bar has been around for decades, a favorite of Red Hook locals and even some Manhattanites who travel all the way to Brooklyn. The place is your typical neighborhood dive bar, without any frills. The drinks are cheap, the decor unpretentious with knick-knacks collected over the years being displayed. The place is swarming with friendly faces, young hipsters and some older ones who have been regulars for many years. There is a high stool bar as you enter, an old kitchen with a long table that is now used by patrons, an outdoor area for smokers and also a room with a band playing. Patrons are free to pick the instrument of their choice and join in!
Perfect for casual drinking, Brooklyn Ice House is one of the best hangout places in Red Hook. Famous among locals, it serves decent brews, along with some delicious pulled pork. Most of the seating being outdoors, their patio has wooden tables, iron chairs and a small garden that makes for a perfect ambiance. Cheap food and cheaper booze is what you will find here. The Brooklyn Ice House is for those who love to drink, while listening to music and chatting with friends. Drop by, to blend with the cool crowd and take in the divey ambiance of this place.
This fun but relaxed Irish pub, complete with Tudor ceilings, iron chandeliers and sawdust on the floors, is a favorite among locals and one of New York City's finest spots to have a pint of Guinness beer. The crowd is very friendly, and the bar is staffed by genuine Irish folk. There are occasionally Irish football matches (soccer to all you Yankees) on the television.
Located in a windowless, subterranean space in Greenwich Village, Fat Cat provides its guests with a wide range of gaming entertainment options such as ping pong, foosball, chess, checkers, shuffleboard and billiards. This is easy-going place is cheap, gritty, smoky and packed with locals and students, which is exactly how an authentic billiard hall should be. If getting dressed up to play pool is more your style, you would probably be happier at the multitude of fancier pool halls in the city. Fat Cat also has the distinction of being named as New York's best pool hall by New York Magazine in 2013.
As the inspiration for the pub on the hit tv show, "How I Met Your Mother", McGee's Restaurant & Pub is a Hell's Kitchen staple. Find the usual fixings of an Irish pub here, from the draft beers and large HDTV's to the mahogany topped bar and friendly bartenders. However the pub grub is far superior to many other similar establishments, with gourmet burgers, Irish fare, and homemade desserts.
Fire, sparkles, a blasting Juke Box and colorful shots, drama exudes from every corner of the Barcelona Bar. The bar boasts of over 100 shots which are executed in true Barcelona style; they all taste sensational and that electrifying experience lingers on your palate for a long, long time. Albeit small in size, the Barcelona Bar impresses its patrons with its quirky decor and interesting theme. Where else would you gulp down a fire-infused shot wearing a king's crown? This and many such antics await you at the Barcelona Bar. Fun is all they have and fun is all you'll get here!
New World Stages - The Green Room is a cozy lounge serving a short menu comprising signature cocktails and bottled beer. Patrons visiting New World Stages often stop by this bar for getting a drink before the show or during intervals. New World Stages - The Green Room is the ideal place for quenching your thirst by grabbing a chilled one or for simply catching up with a friend. They also let you take your drinks inside the theater so that you can sip your favorite drink while enjoying the show.
This popular sports bar at Times Square is a shrine for all boxing lovers. Jimmy Glen, the owner, a former professional boxer himself, has filled up the bar with pictures and posters of popular matches, and you can also find some unique memorabilia adorning the walls. Try the drinks, which are equally intriguing; the house special, Jimmy's Hurricane, is a weird combination of vodka, spiced rum and amaretto. The music and the crowd gel well at Jimmy's Corner.
Head to the Holland Bar if you are looking for an affordable watering hole. This dive bar is known for offering a variety of beverages at pocket-friendly rates starting from as low as USD2. Sip on to some refreshing cocktails or enjoy a chilled beer, this bar has a lot to offer. Its cozy interiors and friendly staff ensure you have a good time. Besides, you can watch a live game telecast on TV or just tap your feet to the jukebox music while you unwind at Holland Bar.