Best New Bars in NYC

Gillian Osswald

(Updated 07/11/2018)

July 2018

Whether you prefer to drink on a sunny rooftop, in a shady backyard or in a well air-conditioned basement, the City’s latest bars are here to accommodate. Their menus feature all kinds of summer refreshments—including boozy slushies, draft martinis and superfood-laced elixirs. Read on to find a new hangout for the season.

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The 18th Room

Enjoy bespoke cocktails at a hidden lounge in Chelsea.

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Broken Shaker

The Freehand Hotel’s rooftop bar promises tropical vibes and summery drinks.

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Harlem Hops

Craft beer nerds have a new drinking destination in northern Manhattan.

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Peachy’s

Sip superfood-laced drinks below Chinese Tuxedo.

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The Rooftop at Elsewhere

Elsewhere adds more art and live music to its top floor.

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Underdog

Try draft cocktails and slushees at this Stone Street bar.

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May 2018

Two Japanese-inspired bars, a Freudian-themed Viennese spot and a Canadian-influenced watering hole give a globetrotting feel to this month’s new bar roundup. Completing our must-drink list for May are a sprawling ode to Trader Vic’s in Midtown and a ’60s throwback spot in the Meatpacking District. Read on for details.

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Make Believe

This whimsical rooftop lounge is dance party- and Instagram-ready.

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The Polynesian

Major Food Group unleashed their first tiki bar in NYC.

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Straylight

Japanese cocktails from Dorothy Elizabeth and Jamie Jones are skillfully mixed at this artful lounge beneath Juku.

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UpNorth

This Canadian-themed bar offers cocktails, beer and poutine.

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The Woodstock

This cocktail bar and pizza restaurant takes inspiration from the 1960s and its icons.

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March 2018

This month’s bar scene has its ups and downs. There’s a bar on the roof of the historic Beekman Tower and a lounge hidden above a Lower East Side restaurant; the flip side includes an underground club in Bushwick and a speakeasy-style basement bar near Madison Square Park. Prefer the view at ground level? Check out a new 5,000-square foot bar, café and dance space in Ridgewood. Read up on the latest spots below.

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Banzarbar

Sip low-ABV cocktails in this cozy hidden lounge.

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George Washington Bar

Feel presidential in this sophisticated barroom at the Freehand Hotel.

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Indoors at Nowadays

Casual cocktails and beers are a go-to at this warehouse space.

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Ophelia

Find old-school glamour and new-school cocktails at this rooftop bar.

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Patent Coffee/Patent Pending

This NoMad space is part coffee shop, part cocktail den.

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Rose Gold Cocktail Lounge

Clink rose-tinted glasses at an underground noirish dance bar below Cape House in Bushwick. Drink cocktails like Hot Jungle Bird, a warm tiki drink with dark...

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January 2018

Hidden lounges, posh speakeasies and an unassuming axe-throwing bar are among the NYC watering holes marking the start of 2018. Other debuts include a relaxed gastropub in the West Village and a sprawling Bushwick cidery. Amend your New Year’s resolutions by heading to one of these new bars.

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Bo Peep

Tiki cocktails and speakeasy vibes rule at this subterranean lounge.

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Brooklyn Cider House

Try Basque-style ciders and tasting menus in a Bushwick warehouse.

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Brooklyn Heights Social Club

Drinks and views pair perfectly at this tenth floor hotel bar.

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Due West

This gastro-pub serves cocktails on draft and elevated bar bites.

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Gibson and Luce

This speakeasy serves classic cocktails and old-school spirits beneath the Life Hotel.

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Kick Axe

Axe and ye shall receive at this cabin-themed bar that serves guests beer and wine while they throw axes at targets. 

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November 2017

NYC’s newest bars vary in vibe, menu and—perhaps most glaringly—square footage, with the City’s smallest bar (a cozy two-seater) and a sprawling beer hall (complete with 24-tap “beer ATM”) among them. The beverage programs are every bit as diverse, including tea, champagne, tropical cocktails and deli-inspired drinks (Man-o-Manischewitz, anyone?). Explore six winter-ready watering holes in our collection below.

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29B Teahouse

This teahouse and bar pours rare teas, beer, wine and sake.

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2nd Floor at 2nd Avenue Deli

Stop in for pastrami, brisket and kosher drinks above an iconic deli.

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Randolph Beer DUMBO

Randolph Beer bars are best known for their “Beer ATMs,” self-service beer taps that make pouring a pint as easy as getting fro-yo. However,...

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Threesome Tollbooth

Threesome Tollbooth is tiny—so tiny that bartender Jesse Sheidlower says several patrons have stepped inside and asked, “Where’s everyone...

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Vini e Fritti

Danny Meyer’s wine bar serves modern aperitivi in Nomad.

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Bar Gonzo

This tropical Hell’s Kitchen restaurant has a festive spirit.

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October 2017

This month’s crop of bars includes long-awaited openings from the Alinea group and Wayland owners, plus imaginatively themed spaces based on Japanese record bars and Chinese cinema. Experiences run the gamut from conceptual cocktails in a penthouse bar to bottle service in a glamorous new speakeasy to boozy slushies at a New Orleans–inspired watering hole. Choose your new fall hangout from our picks below.

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The Aviary NYC

The Aviary NYC at Mandarin Oriental, New York incorporates the historically-rich cocktail culture of New York City paired with panoramic views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

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Blue Light

Though the divey Meatpacking bar the Lately is chock-full of bar games and funky kitsch, this new upstairs speakeasy serves as its slinky juxtaposition....

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The Holler

If a trip to the Holler leaves you feeling transported, don’t worry, it’s not the hurricane cocktails taking over. The Bed-Stuy...

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The Lost Lady

Three years ago, Robert Ceraso and Jason Mendenhall (the Wayland, Goodnight Sonny) set out to add a nautical outpost to their growing cocktail kingdom. After...

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Mood Ring

This Bushwick bar is under the influence of the stars.

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Tokyo Record Bar

“How did you get in? Did you just jump the door?” a waitress asked as we stepped into Tokyo Record Bar. Tucked discreetly under Air’s...

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August 2017

Two speakeasies with sleek decor and expertly crafted cocktails are among the new bars drawing us in this month. Craft is also key at the latest East Village cocktail spot, as well as at a new taproom serving up signature brews in Sunset Park. Check out these and more of our favorite new haunts below.

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Five Boroughs Brewing Co.

Sample quality craft brews at an industrial Sunset Park taproom.

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Loverboy

Pair pizza with cocktails at this East Village lounge.

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The Office NYC

Located on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The Office NYC offers a chic evening hideaway where you can meet friends for drinks and light bites.

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Oscar Wilde

Located at the former headquarters of NYC’s Bureau of Prohibition, the 5,874-square-foot, Victorian-themed bar features a cocktail list that reflects both the Victorian and Prohibition eras.

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Sir Henri

This penthouse lounge tops the Hotel Henri.

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Wine Legend

Sip wines by the glass at this Brooklyn bar, then buy the bottles next door.

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June 2017

If you’ve been to every bar in your neighborhood, your nightlife repertoire may be in need of a refresh. The latest additions to New York City’s abundant roster of bars are here to help. This summer, there are new rooftops and outdoor spaces where you can soak up the sun while you sip, as well as tucked-away spots perfect for cooling off. Explore our picks below to find your new favorite watering hole.

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The Campbell

What used to be a hidden-away bar in Grand Central Terminal has been reimagined, with easier access and more space.

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The Crown

See sweeping views of Manhattan atop a chic hotel in Chinatown.

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Diamond Lil

This quiant cocktail lounge evokes art nouveau style.

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Fishbone

Rum’s the word at this underground bar below Seamore’s.

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The Heights

Arlo Hotel’s rooftop bar boasts skyline views and a view of the street through a glass-bottom floor.

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Parklife

Littlefield’s little sister bar claims an old warehouse space in Gowanus.

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