NYC - The Official Guide

Best New Bars in NYC

Gillian Osswald
Updated 02/04/2020

February 2020

Say goodbye to Dry January and hello to the City’s newest bars. The latest contenders include a pair of welcoming craft-beer bars, an uptown destination for tiki drinks and a cocktail lounge tucked in the back of a bodega. For details on these and more of our favorite bars of the year (so far), read on. 


October 2019

Toast fall at New York City’s latest round of bars, which include a much-anticipated taproom opening in Queens, the expansion of a popular bitters destination to Brooklyn and a place to sip cocktails while trying on shoes at Nordstrom. Check out these and more new nightspots below.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.


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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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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