Night Out in NYC: Must Try Bars in the Big Apple

Objectively speaking, New York City is the home to some of the world’s most renowned bars (if you think I’m exaggerating, google it). There are thousands of bars across the five boroughs. From dive bars to neighborhood staples, to rooftop lounges, to pseudo-speakeasies, the city has something for everyone. But of course, some establishments stand out more than others. I was fortunate enough to visit some awesome spots during my last trip to the Big Apple. If you find yourself visiting New York City anytime soon, grab a drink at one of these bars in the city that never sleeps.

The Dead Rabbit. This authentic Irish pub, located just minutes from Wall Street, was once named the “Best Bar in the World.” From the décor to the drinks to the service, The Dead Rabbit is the best of its genre. Instead of tacky, neon Guinness signs or shamrocks in the window, the bar is adorned in old photographs from Belfast, sports memorabilia and other vintage mementos. Its reputation really precedes itself, so much so that the crowd often features tourists who have heard of The Dead Rabbit from across the pond. In total, there are 72 cocktails on the menu, but their whiskey drinks are second to none. If you’re looking for an exceptional old fashioned, this is the place to go thanks to the pub’s 145 varieties of Irish whiskey.

NoMad Bar. Much like The Dead Rabbit, NoMad Bar is a world-renowned bar in the stylish, Parisian-inspired NoMad hotel. Step inside and you’ll be enveloped in the moody glow of rich mahogany, ornate textiles and dim lighting. NoMad Bar is not a casual drink spot by any means – I walked in and felt like I had been transported back to the age of Gatsby. I would highly recommend this bar for a semi-special occasion, or, if you’re looking to impress a hot date. And, if you’re bringing a date here, order the Coq-Tail; a tasty vodka drink made for two that comes in a copper rooster (get it? cock-tail)? One final note: the NoMad restaurant, which is also located in the NoMad hotel, is a Michelin rated restaurant. If you’re lucky enough to score a reservation, grab dinner AND a drink. I promise it will be worth it.

Gallow Green. Located atop Chelsea’s McKittrick Hotel, Gallow Green provides visitors with a truly memorable experience. Open year-round, this roof lounge adapts to the seasons. During the winter, the rooftop is decorated like a cozy ski lodge with plush chairs and a large fireplace and in the summer, it transforms into a garden oasis. The atmosphere is both mysterious and romantic and the cocktails are incredibly unique. And, after grabbing a drink, you can pop downstairs for a show. The McKittrick Hotel is also home to the Illusionist’s Table, an interactive theatrical experience called Sleep No More and the jazz-themed Manderley Bar.

Nitecap. If you can find the entrance of Nitecap, you’re in for a real treat (hint: if you pass Schapiro’s, you’ve gone too far). Nitecap is a fun cocktail lounge located in the Lower East Side. The vibe is moody and dark, much like a speakeasy, with cozy booths, exposed brick walls, and a backlit bar. Nitecap comes from the same owners as Death & Co., so you know you’re getting expertly crafted cocktails with premium ingredients. That said, the drink menu changes seasonally, but all of the concoctions are inventive and delicious. Pro tip: the space is small and gets crowded easily, but if you can snag a booth early on in the night, it’s a great time for a small group.

Vandal. When my brother told me he once saw Margot Robbie at Vandal, I didn’t need any more convincing. Apparently Vandal is a popular place for celebrity sightings in New York City. I think part of the reason for this is because the venue is enormous and extremely spread out. The 22,000 square foot two-level space features a large bar and lounge, two separate dining areas, a private dining hall, a separate cellar bar and lounge and a “secret garden.” On top of all that, there are amazing murals all over the walls – the entrance looks like a scene out of Alice and Wonderland. Oh, and did I mention that the drinks are STRONG? I had one old fashioned and practically stumbled out the door. If you ever find yourself wandering along Bowery, pop in for a drink. You’re guaranteed to have a great time.

Got any bar suggestions in NYC? Share your recommendations below!

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