So I’m currently sat on a train to London having a litte bit of a blog post sort out and I’ve come across this baby. It should have gone up yonks ago but for some reason I never scheduled it to go live, very poor form from moi! A good chunk (read: all) of our NYC plans revolved around where we’d eat and drink each day and here’s a little round up of our favourite drinking holes we discovered during our (what now feels like a lifetime ago) trip…
Please Don’t Tell – St Mark’s Place
A hidden little speakeasy which you get to through a phone box in a hotdog joint – about as New York as you can get! This one’s on the pricier end of the spectrum but their cocktails are divine and well worth splashing out on, plus the excitement of the whole thing adds a real buzz to your night (PLUS it’s been voted one of the best bars in the world so y’know, you should probably give it a whirl). It’s worth thinking ahead here and booking in as it fills up fast. You can ring to book every day from 3pm, but be quick as half an hour later will possibly be too late!
The Dead Rabbit – Water St
Another regular on many a best bar list, this bar in the Financial district isn’t your usual Irish pub. You feel like you’re stepping back in time when you head into this place, but in a good way. Their drinks are strong, in fact really strong, and the staff are more than happy to help you pick the best one for you. There’s a different bar on each floor, each with a slightly different feel, so there’s something to suit everyone here, plus it’s warm, friendly and just the best place to chill out after a hectic day.
Baker & Co – Bleecker St
Happy hour every day 5pm-6.30pm, including Spritz.
We headed here for a few drinks after bottomless brunch and a day of exploring. The place isn’t huge but it featured a cute little bar and a bargain happy hour, plus location wise it was fab for loads of restaurants on our ‘to eat’ list. We sat at the bar, which was great for people watching, and recovered from a busy day with a much needed Aperol Spritz (obvs)!
Turks & Frogs – West 11th
On the night we grabbed the yummiest burgers at the Spotted Pig, we had to wait about an hour for a table. The waitress recommended this little place for a drink while we waited so we popped in as it was just across the road. It’s on a lovely leafy street that’ll give you all the NY feels and it was quiet and chilled out with lots of candles and a good wine list. What more could you want pre-food-coma, hey?!
The Smith – Various locations
We hit The Smith a couple of times whilst we were in the city as we enjoyed it that much. We had late night drinks in the East Village here and not only was it bustling and gave us all the city break feels, we also made full, slightly drunk use of their photo booth so we came away with some holiday snaps too. The Midtown branch was right opposite our hotel so we also headed here for a few final cocktails before our taxi back to the airport on our last day. Their cocktails are all totally yum and whilst I can’t recommend the food as we never ate here, I hear they do an awesome brunch too!
Hill & Dale – Allen St
Happy hour 5pm-8pm daily and all night Mondays
Another awesome happy hour (can you tell what I’d been googling when I was planning our itinerary?) and great drinks selection. The exposed bricks and candlelit interiors did it for me again, plus it was pretty busy when we were here so this one had a real buzz about it. They also do a bottomless brunch I believe, so definitely one to think about if you’re after some good value for money day drinking.
230 Fifth Rooftop – Fifth Ave
A lovely lady on Instagram recommended this to me and I’m so glad we went. Their happy hour is great for bringing back some of the New York spending, it had a great atmosphere and the view over the Empire State is pretty unbeatable. We were here on a warmer day so could bask in the sun for a while, but they also have little igloo-like pods on the rooftop during the winter which are ideal if you’re wanting to soak up the views without freezing your you-know-whats off.
The Ides – Brooklyn
Saving the best ’til last, as always. Not only is the interior completely beautiful in every Pinterest-friendly way, the staff are some of the best, the drinks are divine AND it’s gratuity-free, which made us pretty happy knowing we didn’t have to add on 15% when it came to getting the bill. Without a doubt it’s the view that makes this place one of the best though, with its big, industrial windows giving you the most amazing view over Manhattan. I’d 100% recommend visiting this place at dusk so that you can watch the sun set over the city – the most postcard-worthy shot going – I promise you’ll leave feeling like the floatiest, happiest version of yourself (and not just because you’ve indulged in one too many gins)!
Where’s your favourite place to drink in New York? Obviously I’m forever planning my next trip back to this sparkly place so let me know all your recommendations!