2016 went out with a bang. After a seriously fun NYE and New Year’s Day brunch, it’s time for a cleanse. The beginning of a new year brings upon a great deal of two things: resolutions and nostalgia. Cleansing is my resolution, and with the big move to Berlin coming up, I’ve been very nostalgic about NYC days. In my last post on the city, I covered my favorite restaurants, mostly in and around the East Village. Here I’ve compiled a few of my favorite bars, also centralized in the EV.
Tucked away in Chinatown, this hidden spot is absolutely mesmerizing. The interior is intricately beautiful — styled after old European apothecaries, and the cocktails are comprised of fresh and exotic botanicals, and often times, absinthe. It definitely gets packed and rowdy, so be sure to stop by early if you want to get in.
Anyway Cafe, East Village
Relaxed Russian restaurant & bar with the tastiest infused martinis that have ever existed. Its intimate location, live music, and exquisite drinks make this place perfect for a date any night of the week. I recommend trying the Lychee Martini, the Madam Padam, Katherine the Great, and the Borsht Martini. Just maybe not all in one sitting.
Zum Schneider, Alphabet City
Authentically German, ultra cozy, and my favorite bar in NYC. Along with amazing imported beer and wine and fantastic Bavarian food, Zum Schneider has the nicest and most interesting staff. Shoutout to Noel for being the best bartender and playing the best hip hop. Plus, they put on a crazy Oktoberfest every fall — if you’re around you can’t miss Munich on the East River.
Huge indoor biergarten with great German beer and live music. Best enjoyed on Sunday afternoons and nights earlier in the week. This spot gets super busy Thursday through Saturday, but if you’re up for the crowds it’s a really great time.
Baby’s All Right, Williamsburg
Everything good in life all in one spot. Bar, restaurant, music venue, and they do bottomless brunch on the weekends. Baby’s All Right is always a fun time and one of the best spots in Brooklyn.
10 Degrees, East Village
Best happy hour ever, seriously. 2-for-1 anything noon to 8pm everyday, and the cocktails are strong and the champagne flutes are tall. Prepare to party when you come here — it gets packed and the music is loud. Definitely a St. Marks staple.
ABC Beer Co, Alphabet City
A super laid back craft beer store and bar in the East Village. There are over 350 bottled beers available for takeaway and a varied selection of draught beers that rotates monthly. You can sit at the bar, on one of the couches, or at the community-style table where they offer a number of games. It’s a really comfortable spot to relax and hang out with friends any night. And their nibbles are good, too.
The Backroom, Lower Eastside
A sweet Prohibition-era speakeasy, inconspicuously located in an unmarked LES space. The drinks are served in a secretive manner — the cocktails in teacups and the beer in paper bags — but the company is anything but hush hush. The crowds that are noticeably having a great time, the tasty drinks, and the glowing fireplace make for a perfect ambiance. And on Mondays there’s live jazz!
Blind Barber, Alphabet City
This place would be easy to miss if it wasn’t for the line of suited up revelers in front of what appears to be a classic New York barber shop. To get to the bar you must first pass the bouncer, who then ushers you through a barber’s storefront to another bouncer, who has the final say on access to the backroom. Once you’re in, it’s dancing, drinking, and hip hop galore.
If you’re looking to pull an all-nighter that you may or may not remember, try one of the many LES party spots, like Fat Baby, La Caverna, Hotel Chantelle, or The DL. Or head to Meatpacking to hit up Brass Monkey, Le Bain‘s sloppier neighbor. A more sophisticated option is Vandal, a highlight of the Lower Eastside’s party scene. It has alluring decor, it’s always entertaining, and always messy. There’s also Mr. Purple, a great nightlife choice for summer and winter. It has an amazing rooftop, and the bar inside is also great. If you really want a late-night shindy like no other, the monthly dance party, The Rub, at The Bell House is a must. It’s the last Saturday of every month, it starts at 10pm and goes all night.
Six years of New York adventures, and too many lovely spots to cover in one sitting. I know this nostalgia will last awhile now, so expect future NYC posts!
All pics via Google image search.