The 11 Best Bars on Bleecker Street NYC

Looking for the best bars on Bleecker Street NYC? We’ve got you covered! Bleecker Street in New York is known for its many bars, which are even quite inexpensive compared to other neighborhoods. The nearby NYU with its students is probably one reason for this.

Our Favorite Bars on Bleecker Street

Which bars around Bleecker Street we can recommend to you, you can see in this best list 👇

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    01 The Red Lion

    If you are looking for a cosy pub in Greenwich Village, The Red Lion is your place to go! A pleasant, uncomplicated atmosphere and live music awaits you here. We were here for three relaxed hours and really enjoyed it!

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    02 Wicked Willy's

    What a great bar on Bleecker Street! If you are looking for a really cool location with live bands, beer pong tables and student flair, this is the place for you.

    It’s colorful, always something going on and the decor is unique, because here the Caribbean meets palm trees and pirates. The food is really good: we had Avocado Chicken Sliders, Wicked Quesadillas with Chilli BBQ Salsa (amazing!) and the Cajun Fries.

    If you’re really hungry, be sure to try Willy’s Burger with Truffle Fries. It doesn’t get any better than that!

    Wicked Willy’s is especially popular as a brunch location. You should reserve the Bottomless Brunch in advance via their website or by phone.

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    03 142 Sullivan Bar

    142 Sullivan Bar is a very popular little bar, especially with New Yorkers, in the Soho neighborhood, just two blocks from Bleecker Street and one block from W Houston Street.

    We love this place because of the welcoming atmosphere, and: the cocktails and the wines are really good. 

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    04 The Blind Tiger

    The Blind Tiger is a bar right on Bleecker Street in NYC. They have a huge selection of beers, especially my favorite Indian Pale Ales (IPA). They offer outdoor seating and the prices are reasonable. This makes The Blind Tiger one of the most popular bars in this part of New York.

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    05 Dante NYC

    When it comes to the best Negroni in town, there is hardly a way around Dante NYC. They are an institution in New York and have been serving their Negroni since 1915 (it’s an Italian restaurant with a small bar). You find it at the corner of Greenwich Village, SoHo and Hudson Square – here we are super-often when we are on the road in New York.

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    06 Peculier Pub

    The Peculier Pub calls itself “The Home of the Beer” and I can confirm: it does that for a reason! There is hardly a pub or bar in New York that has such a wide selection of beer in bottles (350+) and on draught (27!). 

    Peculier Pub on Bleecker Street has been around for more than 20 years. How the bar got its name? The favorite beer of one of the founders at the time was the “Old Peculier” from a small brewery in England. By the way, the current location was first mentioned 100 years ago, so it looks back on a long history. Until today,  you still feel the “old New York”. 

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    07 Sláinte Bar and Lounge

    The official name Sláinte Bar and Lounge is a bit deceptive, because Sláinte is a proper Irish pub! It is located on the Bowery in the NoHo neighborhood, just 100 meters from Bleecker Street. For us, this bar is one of the best Irish pubs in the area, because the burgers, wings and fries here are mega delicious. Another recommendation is their Guiness Irish Stew – it is just awesome!

    If the weather is good, you can sit outside and watch the New York hustle and bustle. Inside, Sláinte Bar and Lounge is just like an Irish pub should be: it’s rustic, there’s a long wooden bar and a great selection of whiskeys.

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    08 Off the Wagon

    For those who like variety, Off the Wagon is a great choice. Every day there is a different special on the calendar. Beer for $2, a pitcher for $10 or just pay half price? You pick the day!

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    09 55 Bar (1 block from Bleecker Street)

    The 55 Bar is a Prohibition-era dive bar that offers nightly funk, blues, and jazz performances in Greenwich Village. Essentially considered the gem of Greenwich, it’s been in business for over 100 years, but don’t let their tagline fool you – it’s not a place for swing or retro jazz. In fact, in recent years, this homey downstairs club has hosted some of the top innovative names from modern jazz. 

    The 55 Bar charges a modest cover, but they book major talents, so the experience is well worth the cost. Some patrons even claim that this bar is among the best jazz venues in all of New York City. It’s been a longtime home for acts like Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, and Sweet Georgia Brown. They offer live music every night of the year, and you can expect to hear something ranging from the blues or jazz to avant-garde varieties. 

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    10 Kettle of Fish (1 block from Bleecker Street)

    The small bar is inconspicuous from the outside and cosy inside. What you will immediately notice is the love for the Green Bay Packers, the American football team from Wisconsin.

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    11 The Stonewall Inn (1 block from Bleecker Street)

    The Stonewall Inn located in the West Village/Greenwich Village neighborhood in NYC is a gay bar and recreational tavern. But, it’s just not an ordinary bar. The place is a National Historic Landmark and was the site of the 1969 riots that focused on the relationship between the police and the LGBTQ community. This jump-started the gay rights movement that we see today and has made a lasting impact. 

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