We love New York City for its bar scene: from small, low key bars to perfectly designed, modern locations, there are so many different bars to choose from. Check out the 25 most beautiful bars, this city has to offer. From Manhattan to Queens and Brooklyn, we found them all.
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Where can I go out in NYC?
It’s the weekend, you just had a wonderful dinner and now you’re wondering where you could go out in New York City. Let us share our favorite bars, which also happen to be the most beautiful ones in town. It’s nice to surround yourself with the locals, sip fancy cocktails or enjoy a really good glass of wine. We narrowed down the 25 best places to go to.
My Favorit Most Beautiful Bars in New York
The Back RoomBar in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
The Back Room Bar is a really special bar and one of a kind. If you think about speakeasy bars in the 1920s, that’s what the Back Room has to offer.
Westlight NYCRooftop Bar in WilliamsburgOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
The Westlight in Brooklyn is considered one of the most beautiful rooftop bars in New York – and rightly so! It belongs to The William Vale Hotel and has a rooftop bar, a lounge area, a bar and a restaurant. What distinguishes the Westlight from many other spots is the unspoilt panoramic view of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
Barely DisfiguredBar in Carroll GardensOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
The Barely Disfigured Cocktail Bar is one of those insider spots you would just walk past, because it is totally inconspicuous from the outside. But as soon as you go inside you will understand why it is on our list of the most beautiful bars in New York. Sensational interior, a relaxed atmosphere and wonderful drinks. Also great for a romantic evening (or how I did it: went there with my best buddy Tino)!
Oscar Wilde NYCBar in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
Even though we like it clean and neat when it comes to interior design, Oscar Wilde is a must and had to make its appearance on our list of the most beautiful bars in NYC. Even if I felt overstimulated after 2 hours of being there: the place is definitely worth a visit!
Dear IrvingBar in GramercyAdd to myNY added
Dear Irving on Hudson is an absolute secret in the city located on the 40th & 41st floor inside the Aliz Hotel. In the middle of Times Square, this bar pairs the glimpse of the city lights and skyline views with the best cocktails in town.
The Press LoungeRooftop Bar in Hell's KitchenAdd to myNY added
When it comes to the best rooftop bars in NYC, The Press Lounge is a place you have to visit to enjoy a drink. On top of the Ink48 Hotel, this gorgeous bar offers stunning views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.
Apotheke in ChinatownBar in ChinatownAdd to myNY added
If you know, you know. Apotheke in Chinatown is one of those speakeasy types of bars that are still super trendy to go to. It still maintains the classic look and almost speakeasy vibe from back in the days.
ProletariatBar in East VillageOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
A small bar that sprays with atmosphere and individuality. Altogether only 20 people fit in, because the bar consists of 2 small tables and a long bar counter. On a small blackboard is written with chalk, which kinds of beer are available today, where they come from and what makes them special.
The Campbell ApartmentBar in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
This small bar inside Grand Central Station just got newly renovated and is one of the hidden secrets of the Grand Central Station.
Brandy LibraryBar in TribecaOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Even if the name suggests otherwise: the Brandy Library has a huge selection of even very rare whiskeys in its program, which will make the heart of every whiskey fan beat faster. More than 1,000 bottles are used as decoration, especially in the evening it looks like a library of high-proof drinks. What we found very exciting are their events where you can learn more about Bourbons, Cognacs etc. Conclusion: Super-atmospheric and a real highlight!
Bemelman’s BarBar in Upper East SideAdd to myNY added
Bemelman’s Bar is our favourite spot on the Upper East Side and already several times after a visit to Central Park our first stop to let our legs rest for a while. If you can also enjoy a delicious drink in a wonderful atmosphere, it hardly gets better. Oh yes: with the Hammer-Burger that is available here!
1 Hotel Rooftop and Garden BarRooftop Bar in DumboOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Be sure to check out the 1 Hotel Rooftop and Garden Bar, even if you don’t decide to stay there. You can enjoy a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge. The bar serves great drinks and finger food.
Black Tail NYCBar in The BatteryAdd to myNY added
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!
Refinery RooftopRooftop Bar in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
A very small rooftop bar very close to Bryant Park with a nice view of the Empire State Building is the Refinery Rooftop from the Refinery Hotel. This two-story rooftop bar in Midtown isn’t particularly large, but it certainly has its appeal due to the combination of location and quality of the cocktails.
NoMad BarBar in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
There’s only one burger on the menu, and it’s got it. Super tasty fries, fantastic meat and all this with a great view down to the bar. To get into the NoMad Bar you have to sneak behind a curtain as you cross through the restaurant dining room. So it’s almost a speakeasy bar that made it on our list of the most beautiful bars in NYC.
The Dead Rabbit Grocery & GrogBar in Financial DistrictOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
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.
Ophelia Lounge NYCBar in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
Ophelia is one of the newest additions to the local bar scene in Midtown East. The beautiful bar in NYC comes with 360-degree views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Here we were sceptical at first, because after the new opening a huge PR wave started. Everyone was talking about how great and good Ophelia is. Even though we were in NYC at that exact time, we wanted to wait for the first wave of euphoria and so we were there only recently. The Ophelia is on our best list because they surprised us positively: great drinks, a very nice and harmonious interior and a wonderful view. A tiny little area is even open like a rooftop bar – what more could you want?
Copper & OakBar in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
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!
Death & CompanyBar in East VillageAdd to myNY added
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.
La Compagnie des Vins SurnaturelsBar in Little ItalyAdd to myNY added
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.
Le BoudoirBar in DumboAdd to myNY added
Le Boudoir has two separate areas: One is decorated in Victorian style with velvet walls and old-timey decorations and the other is a brick basement
Connolly's Pub & RestaurantBar in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
The bar Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant is an Irish pub like it is in the book and is for me one of the best pubs in New York. A huge, rustic bar, lots of colourful taps and tons of good whiskey immediately attract attention. The kitchen is also excellent. The burgers are a blast!
Cheim & ReadGallery in ChelseaAdd to myNY added
The gallery was founded in 2001 by John Cheim and Howard Read. In contrast to its typical art neighbours, this exhibition hall is intended to show art that recognizes itself in the “architecturally conceived spatial volume”.
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The Most Beautiful Bars in NY on the Map
A map with all the beautiful bars in New york 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.
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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 this blog, I want to share everything I have learned and discovered, so you can have the best time in the greatest city in the world.