Best New Bars in NYC

Gillian Osswald

(Updated 08/14/2019)

August 2019

NYC’s bar scene shows no signs of a late-summer slowdown. This month, check out two very good reasons to travel to uptown Manhattan, a new jazz club in Soho and a Chelsea cocktail bar with eye-catching drinks and decor. For details on these and more on-the-rise spots, read on.

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Bar Shun

Find luxe Japanese-influenced cocktails in Midtown East.

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Jungle Bird

Drinks and decor are equal draws at this casual Chelsea bar.

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Nobody Told Me

Venture to Manhattan Valley to try this chef-driven cocktail den.

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R17

Rooftop bar on Pier 17 in the Seaport District.

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Special Club

Sake-based cocktails and live music pair well at this Soho venue.

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Sugar Monk

This Harlem bar offers an artsy atmosphere and creative cocktails.

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April 2019

New drinking destinations are popping up throughout the City this spring. Among the notable openings: a cocktail spot in NYC’s latest neighborhood, Hudson Yards; a rooftop bar on the Bowery; and a hidden basement lounge in Noho that’s a must for rosé lovers. Plus, one Greenpoint bar is taking the spirit-free cocktail trend to the next level. Read on for details on these and more fresh finds.

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Cedric’s at The Shed

A new bar from Danny Meyer takes up residence in the lobby of The Shed.

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Getaway

Find NYC’s first alcohol-free bar in Greenpoint.

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Last Light

Visit this new rooftop bar on the Bowery.

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Magazine

A new spot for DJs and dancing comes to Greenpoint.

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Paper Daisy

This East Village bar offers cocktails and sidewalk seating.

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The Poni Room

A rosé oasis hides under Noho bistro Saxon + Parole.

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March 2019

There are now even more reasons to visit the East Village for drinks, thanks to three buzzy openings in the neighborhood. To round out this month’s lineup, two successful NYC beverage teams are spicing up the craft cocktail scene in Midtown, while a popular Downtown Brooklyn food hall gains a boozy new hangout. For more details on the spots you’ll be hearing about all season, read on.

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Dear Irving on Hudson

A cocktail mini-empire expands to the Midtown rooftop scene.

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Joyface

Relax with a cocktail at this vintage-inspired lounge in the East Village.

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Lost Hours

Sip inventive cocktails at this speakeasy-like Midtown lounge.

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Mister Paradise

This stylish East Village cocktail spot pays tribute to popular TV shows and films.

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No Bar

Stop by for drinks or drag nights in the East Village.

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Understudy

Grab a cocktail to accompany your Dekalb Market Hall snacks.

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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

If you can get past Straylight’s slightly cold entrance—a blackened corridor leading to two frosty hostesses—you’ll find a warm,...

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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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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—on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, New York—is a cocktail bar that pairs panoramic views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline with inventive cocktails and small food plates.

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Blue Light

A semi-secret Chelsea speakeasy lounge located above The Lately.

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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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