New Yorkers are a social bunch and there are plenty of great bars to satisfy everyone
including wine bars, sports bars, dive bars, cocktail bars and the very unique 'SpeakEasy' bar.
As locals or as a visitor to the city you definitely want to avoid the well known bars or cheesy locations (did someone say Times Square?) Below is a list of bars you won't find in the tourist guide book but offer a great night out with a real "only in New York" vibe.
Dante - Located in Greenwich Village this Aussie owned bar and restaurant is well known for its fabulous Cocktails, Aperitifs, Bellini's and the Negoni Sessions. It is rated 16th in the worlds 50 best bars and is a chic but affordable place to drink and eat in the city.
Dear Irving - a lively cocktail parlor in Gramercy which offers 4 different themed rooms and has a "Great Gatsby' feel to the bar. Small plates are served with a long list of cocktails, spirits, plus the usual beer, wine and bubbles. It can be hard to get in so advance reservations are recommended.
Ghost Donkey - A Mexican themed cocktail bar with lots of fairy lights and typical Mexican decorations - it really feels like you are at a casual tequila bar in Mexico! This bar is also well known for serving great nachos (mmm, nachos). Not super fancy but a fun place to try out, especially if you like a Tequila or two.
NoMad Bar - Although this is a hotel bar, (its part of the NoMad Hotel) it doesn't feel like it is part of a hotel and the gorgeous two level bar feels like an upmarket tavern with plush leather lounges and tables if you wish to eat from the sought after menu. The hotel also has several other bars and dining options which are all equally charming.
Attaboy - Located on the Lower East side with a casual speakeasy vibe, but is really a classic cocktail bar with no menu, so be sure to have your 'Go To' cocktail ready to order when you arrive or let the bar staff whip you up something special. Some of the best and most creative cocktails in the city.
The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog - What would the list be without an Irish pub! located downtown in the FiDi, once voted the worlds best bar, this 3 story pub hosts a variety of different clientele. Ground floor is casual, typical Irish pub style. 2nd floor is more for cocktails with the exhausted Wall St bankers working close by and the third floor is for parties and events.
Top of the Standard - formerly known as the "boom boom room' and host to many a celebrity party the super opulent bar at the top of the Standard hotel in the Meatpacking district is my go to bar when i have friends in town. It has fantastic views and a swanky, sophisticated feel. Bring your Amex card as drinks are not cheap and i recommend booking a lounge or table to guarantee entry. The bar has a strict dress code, no running shoes or flip flops. Dress to impress!
Bathtub Gin - Any bar with a giant bath tub in the middle of the bar is going to be a fun place to visit! I also love a bar that requires entry via another shop front, which this bar does via the Stone Street Coffee Shop in Chelsea.
Of course you must love Gin to drink here and more often than not you will queue to get in.
The Back Room - one of the only 2 speakeasies in New York City that operated during Prohibition that is still in operation today. A hidden entrance starts a fun evening at this vintage bar. Drink cocktails out of tea cups and beer out of paper bags (as they did during prohibtion). Located on the Lower East Side on Norfolk St.