5 Quintessential New York Bars to Visit

New York City is no slouch when it comes to providing entertainment for residents and visitors alike. After all, there’s a reason why it’s called “the city that never sleeps” — there is always something going on at all hours of the day and night. Here are the 5 Quintessential New York Bars to visit.

One thing it is famous for are it’s watering holes. There are thousands of fantastic bars and clubs to check out that could satisfy anyone’s diverse tastes — no matter if you like a quiet Irish pub or a rowdy tequileria! Bars come and go fairly often in the Big Apple but there are some staples that have been around forever. Check out these quintessential New York bars next time you’re heading to the city!

Ear Inn

The Ear Inn has been serving up drinks since 1817, making it NYC’s oldest bar. They are the only bar that kept on serving through Prohibition and they remain one of the most beloved spots in the city. Stop in here for a quiet atmosphere and sit at the bar for cocktails or grab a table to take in some of their delicious food. They are known for their burgers but you’ll find a full menu of delicious snacks, including oysters, steak and seafood. It’s not uncommon to see some of your favorite celebs dining here because of the low-key vibe and great location in the West Village.

>> 326 Spring St., New York, NY10013

Hank’s Saloon

Hank’s Saloon is an old New York City institution located at the corner of Third Avenue and Atlantic in Brooklyn. It’s a classic and will often advertise the fact that they don’t even have a phone. They are an old rock-and-roll saloon with flame graffiti painted on the side of the building to remind you how rock’n’roll they really are. They host lots of local rock bands pretty much every night of the week and sometimes charge a cover to make sure the bands get paid well. You can find a lot of cheap well drinks, beers and a rowdy crowd ready to rock out and have fun no matter what time of day or night.

• 46 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Corner Bistro

Corner Bistro advertises itself as the last of the Bohemian bars in West Greenwich Village, an area that has quickly become home to some of the most expensive real estate in the nation. Since opening up in the beginning of the 20th century, it’s become a stronghold of the beatnik culture the village used to be known for. They haven’t updated the space or changed the ambience in any way so it feels like stepping into a wonderful oasis of old-timey New York goodness. They are known for their famous hamburgers, which they turn out by the dozens, and they also serve up McSorley’s original beers as well as cocktails and plenty of other great special drinks. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in town.

• 331 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014


Any New York bar aficionado has probably heard of McSorley’s Old Ale House. It has been a gathering place, a watering hole, and an inspiration for both art and writing since opening in 1854. It has hosted such famous guests as Abraham Lincoln, John Lennon, Woody Guthrie and more! Civil Rights attorney’s Faith Seidenberg and Karen DeCrow famously appealed the bar’s no women policy in order to gain access and now it is open to all! It only serves two types of beer, McSorley’s dark and light ales, and the floors are strewn with sawdust to soak up any spill brew. You’ll definitely get a feel for what the city used to offer when you step inside these doors.

•b15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Local 138

If you’re looking for a classic New york bar in one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods, look no further than Local 138. Located on Ludlow Street in the very cool Lower East Side of Manhattan, Local is a small, cozy bar that draws in tons of musicians, artists, locals and visitors alike. The afternoons are usually quiet and chill, making them a great time to stop in for one of their happy hour draft beer specials. And weekends are usually packed with crowds when the DJ fills the room with energy. They even have a back room for private parties.

• 138 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

These are just a few of NYC’s most famous bars — but there is no end to the awesome nightlife you can find in NYC!

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