In this post we will be breaking down drinking at the best bars in New York City. Whether you are looking for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to buy cheaper liquor during drink specials, or just to sing some karaoke hopefully we can assist.
Our first section will cover the best wine and cocktail bars in New York City. Up next we will get into local breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts.
Then we will mention some of the best drink specials near you so you can hit up the right bars at the right times to do your drinking cheaper. After that we will discuss bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area.
Lastly we will talk about bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music. Towards the end there will even be a map that pins all of the spots from our various lists on it.
By the way, all of our city guides on the best bars in the Northeast are available right there if you want to check them out.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Some of the top cocktail and wine bars in New York City are:
- La Compagnie des Vins at 249 Centre St, Manhattan
- Ardesia at 510 W 52nd St, Manhattan
- Lilly’s at 50 W 72nd St, Manhattan
- June at 231 Court St, Brooklyn
- Fifty Henry at 50 Henry St, Brooklyn
- Charlies Bar at 112 Lincoln Ave, Bronx
- Evo Cocktail Lounge at 1306 Unionport Rd, Bronx
- Mosaic at 25-19 24th Ave, Queens
- Vinum at 704 Bay St, Staten Island
- The Coupe at 379 Van Duzer St, Staten Island
- BLVD Wine Bar at 4720 Center Blvd, Long Island City
La Compagnie des Vins boasts a great selection of French wines and drink specials in your area all throughout the week.
Over 30 wines by the glass, pretzels, and handcrafted cheeses are served at Ardesia’s where they also provide happy hours from 4pm to 6pm on weekdays.
Lilly’s is a solid option for wines by the glass and tapas style Italian nibbles.
European wines and locally sourced meals are available at June.
A large selection of bottles, American dishes, live jazz, and alcoholic drink specials in Brooklyn from 5pm to 7pm on weekdays are all available at Fifty Henry.
Liquor specials are offered from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:30pm on Wednesday at Charlies Bar.
Evo Cocktail Lounge has DJ’s, hookahs, drinks, and American dishes as well as alcoholic drink discounts in the Bronx from 4pm to 7pm Monday through Saturday.
More than 150 craft beers, exquisite wines, cheeses, and meat dishes are served at Mosaic.
Vinum has an extensive wine list, small plates, and snacks.
The Coupe is a modest candle lit local cocktail bar serving late night snacks.
BLVD offers wines on tap and craft beers as well as artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and other appetizers and you can drink liquor there for cheaper in Long Island City from 4:30pm to 7pm Monday through Thursday and from 3pm on Friday.
New York City Breweries & Sports Bars
Sample new suds and watch the big game with your friends at the best local breweries and sports bars:
- Torch & Crown Brewing at 12 Vandam St, Manhattan
- The Keg Room at 53 W 36th St, Manhattan
- Pioneers Bar at 138 W 29th St, Manhattan
- Emblem at 187 Graham Ave, Brooklyn
- Grimm Artisanal Ales at 990 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
- Billy’s at 856 River Ave, Bronx
- Bronx Brewery at 856 E 136th St, Bronx
- Evil Twin Brewing at 1616 George St, Queens
- Paddy G’s at 86-34A, Broadway, Queens
- Ralph’s Sports Bar at 1571 Richmond Rd, Staten Island
- Flagship Brewing at 40 Minthorne St, Staten Island
- Fifth Hammer Brewing at 10-28 46th Ave, Long Island City
Torch and Crown is a restaurant and brewery near you serving fresh beers and seasonal dishes.
The Keg Room has an extensive beer list, American and Irish cuisines, and 45 TV’s for all sporting events.
Pioneers is a laid back late night bar offering craft beers on tap, bar food, pinball machines, and large TV’s for viewing programs, sports, and other events and they are open from 4pm to 2am daily.
There are 15 flat screen TV’s at Emblem as well as a rotating selection of specialty brews and one of the best beer gardens in Brooklyn.
Grimm Artisanal Beers has been specializing in exquisite ales since 2013.
Billy’s is a great local sports bar where fans may enjoy beers, burgers, and sandwiches before and after the games at Yankee Stadium from 9am to 12am daily.
The Bronx Brewery has been making a range of beers for over 10 years and offers creative variations of classic empanada flavors.
20 rotating taps, frozen drinks, natural wines, NYS ciders, food pop ups, and plenty more are available at Evil Twin Brewing in Queens.
Athletic events, bar games, and delicious cocktails are available at Paddy G’s every day from 3pm to 4am.
Ralph’s is one of the best sports bars in your area serving fantastic food and beverages along with plenty of TV’s and live music.
American pale ale and dark mild are served by the pint or growler at Flagship Brewing in Staten Island.
Fifth Hammer is a brewery and taproom offering a changing selection of draft and bottled beers in a range of flavors.
Local Drink Specials
Visit these bars with drink specials near you to buy cheaper alcohol and your wallet will thank you:
- Porchlight at 271 11th Av, Manhattan
- Goodnight Sonny at 134 1st Ave, Manhattan
- Rookery Bar at 425 Troutman St, Brooklyn
- Midnights at 149 N 6th St, Brooklyn
- Brewski’s Bar at 3718 E Tremont Ave, Bronx
- Jack Jones at 38-01 Ditmars Blvd, Queens
- Tommy’s Tavern at 2655 Richmond Ave, Staten Island
- Steiny’s Pub at 3 Hyatt St, Staten Island
Porchlight serves Southern inspired drinks and light meals from 12pm to 11pm Tuesday through Saturday and from 3pm on Monday and even offers great drink specials in NYC from 3pm to 7pm.
Raw foods, sandwiches, and seasonal drinks are available from 4pm to 12am Tuesday through Friday and from 2pm on weekends at Goodnight Sonny who offers happy hours from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays.
Inventive beverages, New American fare, and brunch are served at Rookery Bar where they also feature a garden seating as well as local alcoholic drink specials from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays.
Midnights is open from 2pm to 2am Sunday through Thursday and until 4am on Friday and Saturday serving American meals and unique drinks and offers daily liquor specials in Brooklyn.
Brewski’s Bar has a rear terrace and serves American comfort foods and craft beers every day from 8am to 10pm with some of the best drink specials in the Bronx being available from 3pm to 7pm on weekdays.
Jack Jones is a good place to go for craft beers, drinks, and weekend brunches plus you can drink liquor for cheaper in Queens from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays when you go.
Tommy’s Tavern makes sushi, pizza, and a variety of pub food that you might want to try. They also offer craft beers and happy hours in Staten Island from 3pm to 6pm on weekdays.
In addition to drink specials from 4:30pm to 7pm Steiny’s Pub also provides traditional pub meals and draft and bottled beers along with local performances from 11am to 3am Monday through Saturday and from 12pm on Sunday.
Other places in this post you can visit for cheaper drinks during happy hours include La Compagnie des Vins, Ardesia’s, Fifty Henry, Charlies Bar, Slattery’s, Evo Cocktail Lounge, and BLVD.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Here is a good list of bars with trivia, quiz, and game nights in your area:
- Slattery’s at 8 E 36th St, Manhattan
- Long Hall at 58 E 34th St, Manhattan
- Father Knows Best at 611A Wilson Ave, Brooklyn
- Bronx Alehouse at 216 W 238th St, Bronx
Slattery’s hosts local bar trivia every Wednesday night starting at 7pm and offers plenty of drink specials, fish and chips, and many more delectable food options seven days a week.
Bar cuisine and artisan beers are available every day from 11am to 4am at Long Hall who hosts a fun New York City bar trivia night every Tuesday starting at 8pm.
Father Knows Best is a modern coffee shop with elevated comfort cuisine, draft beers, drinks, and an elegant terrace as well as quiz nights in Brooklyn every Wednesday night starting at 9pm.
There are fine servings of burgers, wings, and tasty sandwiches as well as a range of craft beers that are available from 11am to 12am Sunday through Thursday and until 2am on Friday and Saturday at Bronx Alehouse who hosts trivia every Tuesday night starting at 7pm.
Paddy G’s who we linked you to before is another fun bar with games near you to consider.
Dance, Karaoke & Live Music
Anyone that wants to dance, listen to live music, and sing karaoke can head to:
- Spot Karaoke at 34 W 32nd St, Manhattan
- RPM Underground at 246 W 54th St, Manhattan
- Friends and Lovers at 641 Classon Ave, Brooklyn
- LIC Bar at 45-58 Vernon Blvd, Queens
- Karaoke Shout at 32-46 Steinway St, Queens
Spot Karaoke is a chic pub offering karaoke rooms, beverages, and an Asian inspired snack and entrée menu from 5pm to 3am on weekdays and until 4am on weekends.
RPM Underground serves beverages and pub grub in a hip neon lit environment until 2am and features a quirky bar area and private karaoke rooms in your area.
Theme nights, dance parties, live music, and DJ performances are hosted at Friends and Lovers.
A large selection of beers on tap, huge tables, and a rear garden can be found at LIC Bar.
Karaoke Shout in Queens features a full bar, private rooms, and song options in English, Spanish, Korean, and other languages.
Evo Cocktail Lounge and Ralph’s from some different lists are more bars for NYC music lovers that we have linked you to in other sections.
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Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In New York City
After reading all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available near you. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke in your area.
If you think we got anything incorrect or notice us listing any venues that are no longer open please tell us in the comments so we can keep this info as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in New York City.