The 51 Best Bars in Lower Manhattan Right Now

Which bar in Lower Manhattan is the best?

Are you looking for the best bars in Lower Manhattan? Then you’ve come to the right place – because I’ll show you the hottest speakeasy bars, pubs, wine bars and small venues where New Yorkers hang out. The choice of bars in Lower Manhattan is huge – so there’s bound to be something for you!

To help you quickly and easily see which spot is near you, you can find all of Lower Manhattan’s bars on an interactive map. And if you love rooftop bars as much as I do, check out the best rooftops in Lower Manhattan.

By the way: you’ll find many more New York City spots in our Loving New York travel guides!

My Favorite Bars in Lower Manhattan

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    cloudM New York Bowery

    Rooftop Bar in Lower East Side
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    For me, the cloudM Rooftop Bar is one of the most beautiful rooftop bars not only in the Lower East Side, but in all of New York. It is located on the roof of the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel and offers everything that makes a good rooftop bar: a great view, beautiful design and relaxed atmosphere.

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    Drift In

    Sea Food Restaurant in West Village
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    The Drift In is one of my latest new discoveries in New York: it’s located right on the Hudson River promenade in the West Village. They serve oysters and the best lobster roll in town – no wonder, the team behind the Drift In is the same as at my beloved PILOT Brooklyn and GRAND BANKs. Just great!

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    Employees Only

    Bar in Meatpacking District
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    A bar where you can dive into the 20s and 30s of New York. The Speakeasy Bar was voted into the TOP 20 of the best bars in the world – the drinks are of the finest. Attention, the entrance is a bit hidden: you’ll find it next to the neon “Psychic” sign.

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    Fools Gold NYC

    Bar in Lower East Side
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    One of the best bars in New York, also known for good burgers. The bar is an absolute MUST-SEE! The burgers are really sensational and they offer really good local beers.

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    Grand Banks

    Sea Food Restaurant in Tribeca
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    Water, a great view of Manhattan and a great atmosphere – the location is simply the best. You are sitting on a historic ship called F/V Sherman Zwicker on the Hudson River and can enjoy New York from the water when the weather is fine. The place also serves great drinks and seafood.

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    Nancy Whiskey Pub

    Bar in Tribeca
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    Everything in “Nancy Whiskey Pub” seems to be from another time – the bar, the furniture, the glasses – just everything. In the small bar you can choose from a small selection of whiskeys in addition to the classic beers – and relax among locals while looking at the One World Trade Center.

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    The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog

    Bar in Financial District
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    Have you ever thought about how to take the Irish Pub into the 21st century? Go check out the Dead Rabbit bar and find out. This modern Irish pub and restaurant, which opened in 2013, is one of our favorite bars of all times. As soon as you enter the bar, you are transported into another world. There is nothing ultra-modern here, but everything is stylishly trimmed to old. From the original cash register, old punch glasses for the drinks to the wooden floors covered with sawdust.

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    The Irish American Pub

    Bar in Financial District
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    The The Irish American Pub in direct neighbourhood of the 9/11 Memorial is a MUST DO for us, that’s how good it is. It is not without reason that we have been a regular here for years. What sets it apart? A wonderful uncomplicatedness, good drinks (they are really something), great prices and last but not least: probably the best chicken wings ever.

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    169 Bar

    Bar in Chinatown
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    The bar is very popular with New Yorkers, the prices are sensational and the audience is mixed. Colourful is also the bar and for this reason alone worth a visit.

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    Amity Hall

    Bar in Greenwich Village
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    Especially when the Carolina Panthers play, the atmosphere in Amity Hall is boiling! The bar is huge and the game is broadcast here on a 6 meter flatscreen and many other screens. Besides the classic Chicken Wings you can also get great burgers here.

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    Amor y Amargo

    Bar in East Village
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    The Amor y Amargo is one of the bars we really love! From the outside it is totally inconspicuous, but when you go inside you will immediately feel the charm of the bar. Such spots are what makes New York for me (similar spots are the Proletariat and Fools Gold NYC in the Lower East Side for me). It is small, cozy and absolutely relaxed – just great!

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    Analogue

    Bar in Greenwich Village
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    In the bar in the heart of Greenwich Village you can enjoy your drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Live music is also played here from time to time.

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    Black Tail NYC

    Bar in The Battery
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    UPDATE 2021: Unfortunately the bar is closed now.

    The Black Tail is the bar on the 2nd floor of Pier A Harbor House, which is one of our favorite spots with a view of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. It is always worth a visit: the location and the good drinks are just two reasons to definitely stop by!

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    Copper & Oak

    Bar in Lower East Side
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    Ui, this is where we as whiskey fans lost our hearts – the operators behind the bar are the same as from the Brandy Library in Tribeca. Like there, the bar is always well attended. No wonder, the bar is not very big and beautiful. Shelves filled with whiskeys, rum and co instead of books, an illuminated bar and super delicious bar food make it one of the bars that is one of the most beautiful for us!

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    Corkbuzz

    Bar in Greenwich Village
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    The Corkbuzz is a kind of modern interpretation of a wine bar: fresh, clean and super relaxed. It is in direct neighbourhood of Union Square and therefore easy to reach. The choice is huge and the crew really knows what they are doing and what they are serving.

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    Crocodile Lounge

    Bar in East Village
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    The Crocodile Lounge is the Manhattan version of the Alligator Lounge. Also here you get a free pizza with every drink. So enjoy it!

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    Death & Company

    Bar in East Village
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    Recognized as one of the 50 best bars in the world, Death & Company in the beautiful East Village is also one of our favorite spots to go out in NYC.

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    Hudson Bar and Books

    Bar in West Village
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    There are several Bar and Books locations in New York – but the one near the Hudson is the best whiskey bar of all. It has its very own charm and offers a huge selection of whiskey, scotch and co. If you’re looking for a whiskey bar where you can also relax and smoke a cigar, you’ve come to the right place.

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    Jimmy at the James Hotel

    Rooftop Bar in SoHo
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    Here you have a 360° view of the skyline of Manhattan. At the pool you can enjoy classically inspired cocktails with herbs from the in-house roof garden.

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    Joe & The Juice

    Bar in SoHo
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    If you want to charge your batteries with fresh juices for a short time, we recommend “Joe & The Juice”. There are different areas to sit and the juices are really awesome!

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    Joe & The Juice

    Bar in SoHo
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    If you want to charge your batteries with fresh juices for a short time, we recommend “Joe & The Juice”. There are different areas to sit and the juices are really awesome!

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    Kettle of Fish

    Bar in Greenwich Village
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    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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    Kingston Hall

    Bar in East Village
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    Pay once – dust twice? With Kingston Hall’s 2-for-1 offer, this is no problem at all! Here you can drink twice every day until 8 p.m.

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    La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

    Bar in Little Italy
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    This French wine bar is one of the best in the city. Don’t judge a book by its cover. From the outside “La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels” doesn’t look as special and chic as it is from the inside.

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    Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

    Rooftop Bar in Battery Park City
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    At The Conrad Hotel – one of our favorite hotels in New York – you can find the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar. The bar is named after the art objects that are located in the lobby. What distinguishes the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar? A great view over the Financial District in Lower Manhattan.

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    Mr. Purple

    Rooftop Bar in Lower East Side
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    Mr. Purple is a rooftop bar in the Lower East Side, located on the roof of the Hotel Indigo. The view of the city from here is magnificent – and it is one of the most relaxed rooftops in the whole city!

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    O'Hara's

    Bar in Financial District
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    O’Hara’s Restaurant & Pub is located near the 9/11 Memorial and is especially popular with the financial community – an honest shop with delicious draught beers. The “happy hour” has lasted until today: here you can buy Bud Light Drafts for $3, whereas “happy hour” here actually means ALWAYS. The bar food is also recommendable. The walls are full of Emergency Services badges, making for a very unique atmosphere. With excellent food and relatively cheap beers this is a highly recommended spot to take a break after walking through lower Manhattan.

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    Oculus Beer Garden

    Bar in Financial District
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    The Oculus Beer Garden offers you a sensational view of the futuristic looking Oculus and the One Work Trade Center. You can’t miss it as it is very stylishly designed. 

    Sitting here, eating the delicious Bavarian Pretzel ($12) or a Bratwurst ($12) or the Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($11) while drinking a delicious beer is really awesome. I guarantee there’s no other spot in New York City where you’ll have this backdrop. 

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    Off the Wagon

    Bar in Greenwich Village
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    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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    Pegu Club

    Bar in SoHo
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    A recommendable bar in the heart of SoHo. The entrance is a bit hidden – you will find it at the level of the bus stop.

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    Please Don't Tell (PDT)

    Bar in East Village
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    The bar “Please Don’t Tell (PDT)” is an absolute insider tip. The brilliant thing about it: from the outside you can’t see it at all – you can find the entrance via a telephone booth in the hot dog shop. The Please Don’t Tell was opened in 2007 and is one of the Speakeasy Bars.

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    Randolph Beer

    Bar in Little Italy
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    Randolph Beer is considered by many New Yorkers to be one of the best beer bars in NY City. Of course, it’s not only the beer that makes it so. Rustic furniture, original Ford T-model headlights and a lot of old wood from a tobacco barn give the pub an atmosphere in which you simply feel good.

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    SoHo Cigar Bar

    Bar in SoHo
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    A great little bar with an excellent selection of drinks and cigars. The atmosphere is quiet and wonderfully relaxed.

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    Soho Room

    Bar in SoHo
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    In the Soho Room you can watch the New Yorkers cheering for the Super Bowl! Huge flatscreens give you a great view of the game and the $50 flat rate for beer and snacks means you’ll be well looked after.

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    Speakeasy-Bar Attaboy

    Bar in Lower East Side
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    One of the bar’s specialties is the bartenders: since there is no cocktail menu, you just say what you feel like and in which direction you want the cocktail to go and your personal cocktail will be mixed. The bar is not cheap, but worth every cent – otherwise it wouldn’t have made it into the TOP 20 of the best bars in the world.

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    The Belfry

    Bar in East Village
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    If you’re looking for a nice little bar in the East Village, keep your eyes open for “The Belfry”. It is stylishly decorated, even has a happy hour and the best: live music. The cocktails are great and there are really good local beers – freshly tapped.

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    The Cabernet

    Bar in Alphabet City
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    I love the bar “The Cabernet”: it is super-stylish, the cocktails are super-tasty and the team is always friendly. You’re guaranteed to feel right at home here. They have focused on the “big brother” of tequila: mezcal. I like it a lot and if you feel the same way, you should definitely visit The Cabernet! 

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    The Cauldron

    Bar in Financial District
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    Want to visit an NYC Halloween bar with your fellow witches and wizards? At the Cauldron, you can stop by for an immersive cocktail class, potion making, wizard afternoon tea, and even a spell casting.

    Great for adults 21-and-over (with a non-alcoholic version available for younger visitors), the Cauldron invites its guests for a workshop that includes drinks, the brewing of cocktails, and a nearly 2-hour interactive experience. 

    Cocktails include the Blob, the Serum of Loose Lips, the Bitter Glitter, and more for an enchantingly good time. For more about the bewitching art of potion making at the Cauldron, visit their official website.

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    The DL (Delancey & Ludlow)

    Rooftop Bar in Lower East Side
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    Rooftopbar The DL is a wonderful destination at any time of the year: if the weather is not so good, there is a lounge with windows down to the floor, so you can enjoy the view of the Lower East Side skyline. It’s just the roof of the third floor, but it feels much higher.

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    The Ship

    Bar in Little Italy
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    Here you can enjoy your drinks in a very stylish cocktail lounge and order excellent small dishes. It is best to book in advance – but for max. 6 persons.

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    The Stonewall Inn

    Bar in West Village
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    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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    The Tuck Room

    Bar in Financial District
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    This stylish speakeasy integrated into the iPic cinema in the Fulton Market Building, is definitely worth a visit! With a great bar, huge cinema chairs, and an unique atmosphere, this is a cinema experience you wont be forgetting anytime soon.

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    The Winslow Gin House and Eatery

    Bar in East Village
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    This bar in the East Village is madness: it is completely dedicated to gin. It has its own gin club and its “Ginventory” contains over 40 types of gin.

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    Tribeca Tavern

    Bar in Tribeca
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    In the tavern you will find a good selection of beers, friendly bartenders and in summer you can sit outside on a small terrace.

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    Whiskey Tavern

    Bar in Chinatown
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    If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and very good drinks, the Whiskey Tavern is your destination in Chinatown.

The Best Bars in Lower Manhattan on the map

A map with all Bars in Lower Manhattan can be found here – just click on “FULL MAP” if you want to see more. You can click on each restaurant on the map to find out everything you need to know

About the author
Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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