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Things we love:

It never sleeps.

Times Square: so bright, so loud and so sparkly.

Taking the subway over to Dumbo and walking the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan.

You can totally ‘do’ New York in a weekend.

The subway runs 24 hours a day, it might not be upholstered like the Underground but it’s got air conditioning.

Women are welcome to go topless in public, providing it’s not being used as a business.

Things we wish we’d known:

Taxi lights are confusing – there’s a light for off duty, a different light for available and nothing if they’re free.

Average temperature of the pavement in summer is 150°F.

You have to tip all the time (tip: just double the tax on your receipt).

It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.

New York buskers go through a competitive auditioning process.

Best bars in New York
Best bars in New York
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Ace Hotel Lobby Bar
Ace Hotel Lobby Bar

Absolutely everything about the Ace Hotel is rock n roll. The hotel rooms have kegs in the fridges and party showers can host at least 10 people, the adjoining restaurants and coffee shops are some of the best and even Read More

Amor Y Amargo
Amor Y Amargo

Amor Y Amargo (or Love and Bitters to you, matey) does exactly what it says on the tin. Launched at the same time as their own Bittermens Bitters, this small Italian bar, laid with penny-tiled mosaics, is topped lovingly with Read More

Angel's Share
Angel's Share

If you like your drinks flowery and your menus polite, then head to the secret bar inside the restaurant Village Yokocho. Japanese bartenders will whip you up the most delicately strong cocktails you’ve had, like ever. Angel’s Share earned BarChick’s Read More

Apotheke
Apotheke

An experience from start to finish, but first you’ve gotta find it. This gem is off the beaten track – down a hidden street in the heart of Chinatown to be precise. But it’s more than worth the google map Read More

Attaboy
Attaboy

Through an unassuming door on a quiet street in Chinatown (where the legendary Milk and Honey) used to be is Attaboy. Named after a vintage clothing store in owner Michael McIlroy’s hometown of Belfast, this bar has a proper Read More

Avenue
Avenue

Heavy décor with a great little dance floor, bring enough cash and try to get a table. Read More

Balthazar New York
Balthazar New York

An absolute must-visit on any trip to NYC. Keith McNally’s Parisian bistro style Soho restaurant is large and stunning. With a French menu, bustling bar and an in-house bakery, it will please even the fussiest of eaters. Seats in here Read More

Bathtub Gin
Bathtub Gin

Oh yes, another Prohibition-era speakeasy. The point of difference? A copper bathtub slap bang in the middle of the room, of course.  No water (or bubbles) inside it, but whatevs, maybe they’ll fill it with booze for a special occasion. Read More

Beauty & Essex
Beauty & Essex

Name aside, the place is cool and very popular with the glitterati of NYC. Enter an unassuming pawn shop, pretend you’re shopping for a vintage handbag/guitar/ loadsa gold and when no one’s looking dive through the door at the back Read More

Bierhaus
Bierhaus

Scoot down for happy hour and you will discover the greatness of German beers and sausages. Read More

Birreria
Birreria

A brewery and a bar on a roof terrace, hell yeah. Welcome to Birreria! The ultimate place to hang if it’s sunny or even raining – it has a retractable glass roof, naturally. The rooftop bar is the icing on Read More

Black Market
Black Market

Does what it says on the window: “Oysters, Black Market and Burgers,” and boy does it do them well. Nestled neatly between quite a few bars, you could easily think it was part of Niagara next door. Approach this place with Read More

Booker and Dax
Booker and Dax

They chill their glasses with liquid nitrogen and heat their winter warmers with a hot poker. There are so many gizmos in the room that you could easily mistake Booker and Dax for a chemistry lab instead of a bar, Read More

Bounce and Sporting Club
Bounce and Sporting Club

A sports bar with more TVs than Bestbuy, great food and delicious cocktails. Read More

Bourgeois Pig
Bourgeois Pig

Two red lanterns mark the hidden entrance of this East Village plush, bordello-chic bar, with red velvet curtains, gilded mirrors and throne-style armchairs. This place was made for a good girl’s night out with elaborate Champagne punches and fondues for Read More

Breslin
Breslin

Boiled peanuts fried in pork fat, pork scratchings served in paper bags and ostrich sized scotch eggs. April Bloomfield is the one who brought the British gastro pub to New York, in the form of the Spotted Pig in Greenwich Read More

Cabin Down Below
Cabin Down Below

Exclusive lounge, where straightforward drinking goes down. Entry is hit-or-miss so look the part!   Read More

Cienfuegos
Cienfuegos

Hidden rum bar serving exotic cocktails with a dusty pink and cool lime décor. Read More

Clover Club
Clover Club

Brooklyn style glamour reigns here. It’s also been voted one of the 25 best cocktails bars in America! Read More

Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

Probably one the last bars on Water Street’s island, even if you live way out of town we recommend you find a way down here. Enter a time warp, this 19th Century Irish tavern, named after an infamous gang from Read More

Death & Co
Death & Co

This place screams naughty, so naturally we’re into it. From the nonchalant façade to the discreet doorway the only thing alerting you to Death & Co’s existence is the host standing outside. Be nice, he’s the key to the secret.  Stride Read More

Diablo Royale
Diablo Royale

Hands down the best place to hide out on a hot day in the West Village, Diablo Royale is an awesome little Mexican styled local, with a street front that opens right up for maximum people watching/spilling out onto the Read More

Ding Dong Lounge
Ding Dong Lounge

Not even NYC free coffee refills remedies the result of a ‘quiet’ night at the Ding Dong Lounge. Located uptown but with an Eastside attitude, this dive bar has a real grimy charm. Walk in, pull up a stool and ask Read More

Dublin 6
Dublin 6

Get your fill of sliders to Lobster BLT’s and a great selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Get down for happy hour and the outside tables on a sunny day. Read More

Dutch Kills
Dutch Kills

Unassuming from the outside, best bar in Queens on the inside. Owned by the same guy behind Milk and Honey and Little Branch. Win. Read More

Elsa
Elsa

Named after a fashionista who lived in NYC during prohibition, this place makes BarChick wonder how long it will be before someone names a bar after us (we’re pretty into Soho, if you’re asking…). As well as being the place Read More

Employees Only
Employees Only

If you’re on the hunt for a seriously good cocktail, but don’t feel like drinking it in posh speakeasy surroundings, then this is the place for you. EO is the kind of place where you feel like you’ve crashed someone else’s Read More

Experimental Cocktail Club (Lower East Side)
Experimental Cocktail Club (Lower East Side)

Will these experimental Francais dudes take over the world? It’s looking likely. If you’ve been to one of the other ECCs in either Paris or London you’ll know what to expect here; mood lighting, vintage glassware, a touch of taxidermy Read More

Five Leaves
Five Leaves

This is a proper neighbourhood joint that seems to be buzzing all day every day from morning until night. Yes, you may have to wait for a table, but never that long, and the friendly staff won’t rush you on, Read More

Forgetmenot
Forgetmenot

Walk through the door to this excellently named, super chilled neighborhood bar and try to remember why you’ve never been here before; it’s awesome. Grab a seat at the bar and hang out with the locals and the friendly staff, you’ll Read More

Gin Palace
Gin Palace

A black lacquered beast on the corner of Sixth East in Alphabet City; look for the angel wings (they’re door handles) and make your way inside. A punky, dark-edged homage to the infamous London gin palaces, featuring low ornate ceilings, Read More

Gramercy Tavern
Gramercy Tavern

Gramercy Tavern holds a special place in New Yorker’s hearts and it gets BarChick’s vote for one of the most romantic bars in the city (boys, take note). It’s a rustic and homey restaurant, with rooms filled with enormous vases Read More

Harding's
Harding's

One of the only bars in Flatiron with any personality, we love Harding’s for their bourbon and rye inventions. Frankly anywhere that lists “supper” on its menu gets a gold star in our book. Think industrial Americana with really loud Read More

Hogs and Heifers
Hogs and Heifers

Lurking in the shadow of the Standard Hotel this bar is the home of the original Coyote Ugly. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a bar-top dancer and can spit lines like ‘I love rock ‘n’ roll’ whilst Read More

Hotel Delmano
Hotel Delmano

Firstly, it’s not a hotel. This threw us completely, and we spent a good twenty minutes walking up and down the quiet Brooklyn street, lost. We kept passing this twinkling little corner bar with beautiful people drinking interesting-looking cocktails on Read More

JG Melon
JG Melon

A regular hangout for anyone who lives on NY’s Upper East Side (ProBarChick used to go at least once a week!). JG Melon is a local landmark that kinda looks like it’s been there forever. With green and white check Read More

Jimmy at the James Hotel
Jimmy at the James Hotel

Said to have enviable 360 degree views of the Manhattan skyline, take a power-nap on the pink waterbed! It’s a must. Read More

Kingston Hall
Kingston Hall

Smack bang in the middle of New York’s trendy Lower East Side, Kingston Hall is tucked away above the lurid neon lights of The 13th Step, creepy. The entrance is a little obscure, up the stairs to the right of the Read More

La Esquina New York
La Esquina New York

Sexy Mexican dungeon bar hidden beneath a tacqueria shop. Think models sipping tequila with Mick Jagger and you get the idea Read More

Little Branch
Little Branch

Through a brown unmarked door on a West Village street and down some treacherous stairs lies a subterranean speakeasy known as Little Branch. A BarChick favourite, this is one of those rare places where you truly feel like you’ve been transported to Read More

Locanda Verde
Locanda Verde

The gorgeous and star-crossed Locanda Verde is Robert Di Niro’s barn sized, Italian restaurant in Tribeca. Table reservations are a hot commodity, so head instead to the brasserie style bar for Italian draft beers, wines, and excellent cocktails. The bar Read More

Los Feliz
Los Feliz

BarChick loves tequila, so when we see “tequileria” painted in gold letters across the window we know we’re in for a good time. More than 150 premium tequilas spread over 3 floors await you here, THREE! The ground floor bar is Read More

Mayahuel
Mayahuel

The Mexican speakeasy where BarChick was born…  There’s a reason why Mayahuel is one of the best bars in the world and it’s not just because they’ve got hundreds of mescals, tequilas and the cocktails are amazing. The atmosphere is sultry, Read More

McSorley's
McSorley's

Not only does this place lay claim to NYC’s oldest working Irish man’s saloon, but also anyone who’s anyone has been through its swinging doors from Abe Lincoln and John Lennon to BarChick (it’s her favourite hangout). It’s been around Read More

Miss Lily's
Miss Lily's

Miss Lily’s is the brainchild of Paul Salmon of Rockhouse Hotel fame and Serge Becker, the man behind the launch of L’Equine in NYC and Bodega Negra in London’s Soho. Miss Lily’s is a buzzing Jamaican outpost on West Houston, Read More

Mother's Ruin
Mother's Ruin

TJ Lynch former chef turned bartender opened this little joint in 2011, he can be found either behind the bar or propping it up, enjoying a beer. Our kinda guy. Notice the gold barbershop-esque sign in the window and be drawn Read More

Niagara
Niagara

It seems to be dedicated to the memory of the old NYC. Great vibe, great drinks and head downstairs for an impromptu dance party! Read More

Nurse Bettie
Nurse Bettie

Is it a bar? Is it a slutty lingerie store? Who cares, one peek through the keyhole and you know you wanna go in. If ever there was a bar built for BarChick then this is it. Drastically darkly lit with Read More

PDT
PDT

You’ve surely already heard about PDT, the speakeasy bar with the secret phone booth entrance through an East Village hot dog joint. Wacky Clark Kent entrance aside, this bar is about so much more! Firstly – it’s owned by Jim Read More

PJ Clarke's
PJ Clarke's

This place is such a NY landmark that it even featured in an episode of Mad Men (Season 1, episode 8). 130 year old PJ Clarke’s saloon has recently had a makeover, but the jukebox, out-of-order cigarette machine and chalkboard Read More

Pouring Ribbons
Pouring Ribbons

A bit out of the way on Avenue B in Alphabet City, finding Pouring Ribbons can be a bit of an adventure. Embrace it and if you’re late to meet your hot date make it up to them by ordering Read More

Pulino's
Pulino's

This is Keith McNally’s latest joint in NYC and this time he’s doing pizza as well as cocktails, like a champion. As with all the McNally hangouts his mark is stamped firmly on the interior, with a metal clad bar Read More

Raines Law Room
Raines Law Room

Named after a law to curb New Yorkers’ drink consumption this place has a jam packed cocktail list & buzzers on the tables. Read More

Rose Bar
Rose Bar

Gramercy Park Hotel’s glam  bar is the place for great drinks and celeb spotting. Read More

Rye House
Rye House

For those who know their drinks, this is meant to be the place to head to. BarChick has heard good things about the bartenders! Read More

Schillers
Schillers

This neon lit, white, glazed brick building on the corner of Rivington and Norfolk is hard to miss. Like a beacon, it stands out from the other dark, low key joints in this area and it’s been here longer than Read More

Spin
Spin

If you always dreamed of drinking in a sexy high-school gymnasium, then you’ll thank Susan Sarandon for creating this subterranean ping-pong paradise. Take some mates and battle it out on one of their 17 tables, and if all that ping-pong makes you Read More

Spotted Pig
Spotted Pig

Look for cluttered pots of plants and bright flowers, with a little spotted pig hanging over the door and you’ve found NYC’s original gastropub. April Bloomfield & Ken Friedman’s gastronomic tavern is two floors of wallpaper, mismatched chairs and shoestring Read More

Spuyten Duyvil
Spuyten Duyvil

This is a beer bar extraordinaire. We couldn’t even make a dent on their list of brews (there are 150 to be fair), coming from every part of the world, from micro distilleries to mainstream ales. It’s like the grand Read More

Stanton Social
Stanton Social

An East Village bar packed with hot people, party vibes and pumping music, oh and plenty of dance moves. Every Monday is Social Monday from 11pm until midnight with one drink on offer, all pre-prepared totally free, genius. Hungry? Well the food Read More

The Back Room
The Back Room

Oh how we love sniffing out a good speakeasy style bar.  Head down Norfolk Street, follow the lit stairs and enter an alleyway covered in god knows what…don’t worry you’re nearly there. Climb one more flight and finally you’ll see Read More

The Bar at the Four Seasons
The Bar at the Four Seasons

The bars in NYC’s five star hotels are like worlds of their own, filled with glam hotel guests, bankers and ladies of the night. If you fancy rubbing shoulders with that lot, head to the fairest of them all, The Read More

The Biergarten at the Standard New York
The Biergarten at the Standard New York

The slightly grittier, Eurovision drinks option at the shiny and well styled Standard Hotel. The Biergarten is all about weird German beers, pretzels and ping pong. Make new friends at communal picnic tables and order an enormous soft pretzel from Read More

The Campbell Apartment
The Campbell Apartment

Take a trip back in time in the swanky, former private office of a NY business mogul, hidden inside magnificent Grand Central Station! John W. Campbell’s old digs have been restored to their elegant 1920s selves, with enormous ornate ceilings, upholstered couches and Read More

The Cannibal
The Cannibal

Don’t worry, The Cannibal is named after a famous Belgian cyclist (hence the cycling gear decorations), not one of those face-eating types (although they do sell pig’s heads, more on that later). Enter through a takeaway beer fridge tunnel into Read More

The Frying Pan
The Frying Pan

A dive bar created from a formerly sunken, barnacle clad ship? Sold. One of our favourite New York drinking spots, The Frying Pan is an eclectic, frat-party style drinking world created from a bunch of boats docked on an old Read More

The John Dory
The John Dory

BarChick has been in love with the Ace Hotel since it opened its fabulous doors, and April Bloomfield’s John Dory restaurant brings a welcome, brighter addition to their bar offerings. It’s a light and airy fish themed restaurant with an Read More

The Monkey Bar
The Monkey Bar

This midtown place is a BarChick fave, and the hot bartender pours our drinks before our butts have even hit the seat. Check out the well-known murals on the walls, they make the whole place feel cosy. If you happen to Read More

The Shanty
The Shanty

Connected to the New York Distillery, they serve up two types of their gin and the rest of the drinks are impeccable. Read More

Tiny's
Tiny's

Restaurant downstairs and bar upstairs, the food is great and the cocktails are worth it. Read More

Union Pool
Union Pool

The first time we checked out Union Pool we went on a Margarita marathon during the very happy, happy hour (five bucks a pop). Cue questionable games of how-many-people-can-you-fit-in-a-photo-booth and some even more questionable photos later; you get the picture Read More

Viktor & Spoils
Viktor & Spoils

Taqueria and Tequila bar with a bathroom that is covered in Mexican pesos! Read More

Weather Up
Weather Up

If you’re drawn to drinking dens with a Prohibition, Boardwalk Empire feel to them, then you’re going to love this. There’s no sign here but keep your wits about you and you’ll find the place soon enough. The best seats are Read More

Welcome to the Johnson's
Welcome to the Johnson's

Damn, welcome to the mother of all dive bars. This is your mates’ parents sitting room last decorated in the early 70s. It’s the dated décor you’ve seen in those family photo albums you can’t quite believe are real. Plastic Read More