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Hottest Bars in NYC

Say what you want about NYC's dwindling club scene, but the fact remains: The Big Apple is still the nightlife epicenter of America and possibly the world. In our quarterly update, check out 10 new bars that are currently burning things up with killer cocktails, craft beers and more. Did we miss your favorite new watering hole? Tell us in the comments.


Battery Park City
The Dead Rabbit team is behind this Battery Park City resto-bar on Pier A, which harks back to the expat life in Havana with its highballs, punches and sours, accompanied by seafood-focused American fare. The space includes a wood-panelled main bar and a ‘lobby’ area.

Must-drink: Daiquiri, Rattlesnake, Mississippi mule

Insider tip: Live music is offered twice a week.

The Blond

A meeting spot for early evening cocktails, this lounge at the 11 Howard hotel sets the mood with dark woods, rich velvets and flattering lighting. Later at night it’s geared toward exclusive parties.

Must-drink: Whatever you can afford as drinks are quite pricey

Insider tip: After dinner at Le Coucou, head upstairs for an early after-dinner drink. The spot also has a small food menu if you're still hungry.

Super Power

Crown Heights
Tiki drinks rule at this Crown Heights hangout that’s big on rum, colorful garnishes and frozen cocktails, with decorative fronds and fruit bowls around the bar. Items like pulled pork sandwiches and banh mi dogs are also served, and there’s an oyster happy hour too.

Must-drink: Frozen Tiki White Russian, Galangal daiquiri

Insider tip: Drinks are $10 so it's a budget-friendly option for cocktail lovers.


NewAmericanWest Village
Though its entrance remains unmarked, this revival of a legendary West Village speakeasy (which closed in 2007) is decked out in swankier style under new owner Alessandro Borgognone (Sushi Nakazawa). The densely arranged photos and book jackets on the walls recreate the look of the original, honoring its history as a literary haunt, while sweeping, glossy leather banquettes and American fare by an Atera alum update the experience.

Must-drink: Basement of Themes: Cutty Sark Prohibition, violette, lemon, blackberry, egg white, soda or any of the scotch and sodas

Insider tip: While the revamp turned the spot into more of a restaurant (closing at 11 PM most nights), the bar area is a great place for drinks and snacks.

Ghost Donkey

This East Village bar focuses on mezcals and tequilas served solo or in cocktails such as the Mushroom Margarita (made with a huitlacoche-infused spirit) and the ironically named Stone Wall, with habanero cider. There’s a brandied caramel horchata too, along with a short menu of creative nachos, ceviche and churros, and extra whimsy courtesy of neon accents and a flower-covered donkey at the entrance.

Must-drink: El Burro Fantasma (pictured): mezcal, Aperol, agave, lime, pink grapefruit and chile; or any of the mezcals

Insider tip: There's a large-format drink called El Burro that will run you $26 for every two people.


The Maison Premiere team is behind this Greenpoint American emphasizing seafood (including oysters, of course), seasonal vegetables and eclectic dishes with French accents, along with cocktails made with hand-chiseled ice. The space has a crisp look, with tiled floors, a swerving bar and banquettes.

Must-drink: Riding Tigers: Armagnac Castarede, Pineau de Charente and Peach Capurro

Insider tip: While yes it's technically a restaurant, when the owners of Maison Premiere open a new spot, you know the cocktails are going to be serious. Also check out its take-out window open during the day for coffee and pastries.


West 50s
This Hell’s Kitchen watering hole goes for deep cuts on its rotation of 20 draft beers, showcasing atypical brewers and styles, while also offering housemade cocktails on tap, a few hearty sandwiches and lots of notch-above bar bites. Brick walls and tiled floors lend it a handsome feel.

Must-drink: Beer options rotate regularly so ask the bartender for a recommendation.

Insider tip: The food menu includes gourmet bar food like lobster rolls, banh mi and grilled cheese.

Mr. Purple

AmericanLower East Side
On the 15th floor of the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side, this posh Gerber Group lounge with expansive views flows out onto two terraces (one with a pool). The American menu features simple, moderately priced bar fare including flatbreads and sliders, plus local beers, cold-pressed juices and pricier craft cocktails.

Must-drink: Stormy mule: Brugal anejo rum, ginger beer, fresh lime​

Insider tip: Also a hot spot for brunch, Mr. Purple offers dishes like avocado and spring pea toast and Pat La Frieda–sourced sliders.

The Last Word

A splash of drama comes to Astoria with this speakeasy-style bar hidden behind a hardware-store shop. Refined, rotating cocktails with names like the Montgomery mule and the Smoking Jacket are joined by craft beers and elevated bar snacks.

Must-drink: Rabble Rouser, Mumbai daiquiri

Insider tip: Ring the bell for service.

Metrograph Commissary

AmericanLower East Side
Inside the Lower East Side cinema, this American eatery with two bars (one in the lobby) is designed to evoke Hollywood’s old-time studio hangouts, with elegant couches and potted palms setting the mood. The menu offers straightforward entrees and classic salads, plus a few modern touches.

Must-drink: Metrograph Negroni or the Roman Holiday

Insider tip: Check out the late-night menu and nosh on the Metrograph burger, omelet aux fine herbes and mac 'n' cheese. 

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