Top 10 Bars in New York

1. Sakagura

SakaguraDescription: This authentic Japanese bar serves some serious sake, for those who believe that sake is not a strong alcoholic drink, please stop by here because they will beg to differ. Also it is an ultimate bar for those who love rice wine, this place would be the equivalent of rice wine heaven for them as this stylish bar has over two 200 distinct choices to choose from. Fear not for those of you who don’t like either sake or rice wine as beers, liquor and wine are also served, the food here is also good especially the renowned saikoro steak and sashimi.
Address: 211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017
Telephone: +1 212 953 7253
Opening Times: Monday-Thursday 12.00pm-2.30pm, 6.00pm-12.00am, Friday 12.00pm-2.30pm, 6.00pm-1.00am, Saturday 6.00pm-1.00am, Sunday 6.00pm-11.00pm


2. Vol de Nuit

Vol de NuitDescription: Just hearing name this place sounds very cool, translate it into English it sounds even cooler. This is a sleek Belgian bar which gives you the feeling of being in a bar in Europe, as the atmosphere here is very European. Suitable for those who like to venture further than your average brew as here you can find many brands of beer which would suit your taste and preference. The food here is not bad either, they gained their reputation through their mussels and fries, add their homemade aioli garlic or Anadalouse sauce and one cannot be full.
Address: 148 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012
Telephone: +1 212 982 3388
Opening Times: Sunday-Thursday 4.00pm-1.00am, Friday-Saturday 4.00pm-3.00am


3. Brooklyn Inn

Brooklyn InnDescription: This place gained popularity amongst locals due to its casual and friendly atmosphere, their startling beer selection and top of the range juke box. Produces a dark and London pub-like atmosphere which is why it is not a surprise that this is the usual haunt for British expats. Rumour has it that the inn itself was shipped over and assembled after the Civil War, no matter what the truth is, it does not take away the fact that this is a very relaxing spot for a pint.
Address: 148 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Telephone: +1 718 625 9741
Opening Times: Monday-Friday 3.00pm-4am, Saturday-Sunday 2.00pm-4.00am


4. The Otherroom

The OtherroomDescription: Can’t find a decent bar that is not too loud and ideal for taking your date? This is the perfect place to take your date for a romantic, intimate drink where the atmosphere gives way for love birds to bond. Inside, the weathered brick wall is delicately lit by candlelight giving an extra feel of intimacy, artworks by local artists are displayed the wall for the romantic effect. The drinks list is also not bad, from European imports to the rarest of brews and numerous of drinks by glass.
Address: 143 Perry St, New York, NY 10014
Telephone: +1 212 645 9758
Opening Times: Sunday-Monday 5.00pm-2.00am, Tuesday-Saturday 5.00pm-4.00am


5. Whiskey Ward

Whiskey WardDescription: A suitable bar for whiskey connoisseurs or at least wannabe whiskey connoisseurs! This bar offers top shelf bottles of single malt or bourbon which will sure to meet satisfaction of serious whiskey fanatics, if not a fanatic then it is a fitting bar to be trying whiskey. With all the available brands, the price is not too bad either, not what one would expect from a place like this. The decoration is different than most but not unique, with wooden barrels lying around, you might be mistaken for being a brewery.
Address: 121 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
Telephone: +1 212 477 2998
Opening Times: Daily 5.00pm-4.00am


6. Rue B

Rue BDescription: Already a popular spot amongst local, what makes it even better is the live jazz sessions that take place every night. The mood here is very laid back and has an aura for being romantic mainly due to the music that serenades the crowd. Here, they also serve very good food, the cuisine being homemade French delicacies such as the Tuscan truffled eggs and the Sicilian style French toast make up a yummy weekend brunch.
Address: 188 Ave B, New York, NY 10009
Telephone: +1 212 358 1700
Opening Times: Monday-Friday 12.00pm-4.00am, Saturday-Sunday 11.00am-4.00pm


7. Killmeyer’s Old Bavarian Inn

Killmeyer’s Old Bavarian InnDescription: This inn is further than most bars that were reviewed but definitely worth the trip. Located on Staten Island, if you happen to be around and have a craving for fine old fashioned German food then this is the place for you. Killmeyer’s Old Bavarian Inn has been in operation since 1890 but once inside it seems like little has changed, possessing original mahogany bar, beautiful fresco and a unique wrought iron Spaten sign. The menu offers authentic German food with the specialty being the veal shanks that should not be missed, wash it down with a mini keg of Kostritzer or Schwarzbier to end a good night of fine dining and drinking.
Address: 4254 Arthur Kill Rd, Staten Island, NY 10309-1130
Telephone: +1 718 984 1202
Opening Times: Monday-Thursday 11.00am-4.00pm, 5.00pm-10.00pm, Friday-Saturday 11.30am-4.00pm, 5.00pm-11.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm-9.00pm


8. The Duplex

The DuplexDescription: This legendary spot with cabaret performances that bring together people from all around the world. Where else would you find a theatre with the likes of Barbara Streisand and Woody Allen amongst others who have performed here prior to making it big? The piano bar area gets very lively around 9.00pm with staff leading the night long party and open mic performances.
Address: 61 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
Telephone: +1 212 255 5438
Opening Times: Daily 4.00pm-4.00am


9. Campbell Apartment

Campbell ApartmentDescription: Situated in the former office of 1930’s entrepreneur John W. Campbell, this is a very posh and swanky cocktail bar with rich décor, copious vintage wines, champagnes and other types of liquor that one could find. The crowd here is mostly wealthy businessmen with suits and tie being the standard attire. The bar fills up pretty quickly at night, a good place to end your night after dinner.
Address: 15 Vanderbilt Ave, Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10017
Telephone: +1 212 953 0409
Opening Times: Monday-Saturday 3.00pm-1.00am, Sunday 3.00pm-11.00pm


10. 40/40 Club

40/40 ClubDescription: This is a very trendy sports bar indeed, in fact, it is too sexy to be a sports bar as no athletic wear, shorts or sneakers are allowed in this place. 40/40 looks more like a wealthy men’s club where they come to smoke the finest Cuban cigars and sip premium cognac. With the co-owner being one of the biggest names in the hip hop world, Jay-Z, it is certain that 40/40 attracts big names celebrities and athletes. With fifteen LCDs and eight plasma screen TVs, this is the best place to catch a game.
Address: 6 W 25th St, New York, NY 10010
Telephone: 1 212 832 4040
Opening Times: Monday-Friday 5.00pm-4.00am, Saturday-Sunday 12.00pm-4.00am