Below is a list of the top and leading Bars in New York. To help you find the best Bars located near you in New York, our team at Kev’s Best put together our own list based on this rating points list.
New York’s Best Bars:
The top rated Bars in New York are:
- McSorley’s Old Ale House
- Rudy’s Bar and Grill
- The Wayland
- Sake Bar Decibel
McSorley’s Old Ale House
McSorley’s Old Ale House has been a gathering place, a watering hole, the subject of art and literature and even a supreme court controversy. Established in 1854 — McSorley’s can boast of being New York City’s oldest continuously operated saloon. Everyone from Abe Lincoln to John Lennon have passed thru McSorley’s swinging doors. Woody Guthrie inspired the union movement from a table in the front — guitar in hand, while civil rights attorney’s Faith Seidenberg and Karen DeCrow had to take their case to the Supreme Court to gain access. Women were finally allowed access to McSorley’s in 1970! So belly up. Enter the sawdust strewn floors and history patched walls for a trip back through time. Share the McSorley’s experience with the spirits of 164 years!
Burgers, Fries, Mushroom, Barley, Chili, Sandwiches, Cheese plate, Ginger Ale, Beer
“Very old bar. Nice to drink beer. It’s not a good place for a romantic dinner. But the beers are great. You have to go there with an open mind, because you’re going to share the table with other people. A nice way to know knew ones” -Jorge Varella
Rudy’s Bar and Grill
Rudy’s Bar and Grill – Dive into New York’s most famous dive bar, right through the original wood door, carved down the center with the name of the first owners, the Rudy family. Feels like you’ve stepped back in time, doesn’t it? Maybe even as far as the Hell’s Kitchen rumor that this joint was first a speakeasy in 1919, frequented by the likes of Al Capone (remember, the guy grew up in Brooklyn before he hit Chicago). Rudy’s got one of New York’s the first liquor licenses when prohibition ended in 1933.Al Capone James Gandolfini Paul McCartney. Don’t mind the six-foot pig parked outside unless you’re looking for a touristy photo opp. Rudy’s porcine mascot, the so-called Baron has stood vigil at the door for about twenty years, and was only stolen twice before we bolted his big butt down.
Beer: Rudy’s Blonde, Rudy’s Red, Budweiser, Bud Light, Goose IPA, Belgian White, Hanalei Island IPA, Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Märzen / Winter, Vanilla Porter, Stella Artois, Toasted Lager
“Cash only! I really had a great time in this bar. I was in the area alone, and it was a very comfortable place to walk in, find a spot at the bar, and both the lady trending bar and the locals quickly started talking to me. Spent a pleasant couple of hours chatting, watching the baseball, drinking beer, and eating hot dogs. A nice hole in the wall sort of place. Great dive bar.” -David Thomas
Attaboy is the everyman’s cocktail bar hidden in plain sight on an obscure bit of Eldridge Street. From Michael McIlroy and Sam Ross, the pair that helmed Milk & Honey throughout the late aughts, this understated beauty is the younger, less self-conscious sister that took over the space when M&H moved uptown.
Radicchio, Snap pea, Yellowtail, Beef Tartare, Chrysanthemum, Crab, Sunchoke, Endive, Egg, Lobster, Octopus, Mackerel, Pork Belly, Duck, Galbi, Oyster, Fried Chicken, Desserts, Dessert Drinks, Tea, Sparkling Wine, White Wine, Red Wine, Cocktails, Beer, Soju and Sake, Pink
“Great speakeasy with friendly service. Told the bartender she could get creative with our drinks and she did not disappoint! Very unassuming door, but you’ll see the address and hints that you’ve found the right place.” -Devi Do
The Wayland is an East Village neighborhood bar serving innovative cocktails and modern American comfort food nightly until 4AM. The first project from partners Robert Ceraso and Jason Mendenhall, The Wayland is a destination for everything people look for in a bar; a relaxed environment with friendly and welcoming staff, delicious food and drink all night, and great music, including live bands 4 nights per week. Open for Happy Hour at 4:00 Mon-Fri, and at 11AM for brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
Oysters, Hot Nuts, Cheese, Milk & Honey, Crispy Cauliflower, Beast Toast, Sausage Bread and Ricotta, Warm Octopus Salad, Fried Fingerling Potatoes, Sugar Snap Salad, Sandwiches, Cocktails
“Great place. Went for brunch and spent a few hours. Did not feel rushed. Nice atmosphere and interesting drinks. Food was very good, only disappointment was that they were out of the sausage bread. Blueberry corn cakes were delicious. Very accommodating and friendly staff.” -Kathy D
Sake Bar Decibel
Sake Bar Decibel first opened in 1993 Sake Bar Decibel is New York’s original Japanese sake bar, offering New Yorkers their first glimpse into the sake culture of Japan. With almost 100 of Japan’s finest sake available Decibel is the closest to Japan you can get without stepping on a plane. In the words of one Decibel patron: “when you walk through that door you are no longer in NYC…it feels like you are in some secret underground speakeasy that you have to know a password to get into.
Edamame, Imokenpi, Kappa Ebisen, Yakko, Decibel Tofu, Ume Renkon, Morokyu, Soba Salad, Wakame, Takowasa, Tofu Salad, Fried Purple Potato, Junmai, Honjozo, Ginjo, Daiginjo, Unique, Nigori
“Intimate little underground sake bar. Really cool vibes, had major flashbacks to Japan. Wait staff super friendly and she price were pretty reasonable. Great pregame or late night spot!” -Sean Arendell
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