50 Best Bars in New York City: An Expert's Guide

New York City is a bustling metropolis that offers something for everyone, especially when it comes to its nightlife. From rooftop bars with stunning views of the skyline to underground dance clubs, the city has it all. To help you find the perfect spot for your next night out, here is an expert's guide to the 50 best bars in New York City.The Long Island Bar is a classic favorite with plenty of character. Located on 52nd Street, this bar has a rugged exterior that opens up to a long piano bar and dining room.

The menu includes pâté, salmon roe, caviar, schnitzel, and stroganoff. La Noxe is located next to the 1 train at the 28th Street station and is a great spot for drinks after a long day of exploring the city. For an exclusive experience, try ringing the bell at 162 West 28th Street. This bustling spot has signature drinks that you won't find anywhere else. The Last Call in Williamsburg is the place to go for a dance party.

On Fridays and Saturdays, this retro punk rock izakaya features a DJ spinning vinyl under a spinning disco ball. There's also yakitori available from Thursday to Sunday. Al Coro has a relaxing atmosphere with an exclusive dance club on the ground floor. Discolo is two small octagonal rooms with a bar in one and small round tables in the other. The lights are synchronized with loud music that leans more towards disco and house music than pop remixes. Keys & Heels disguises itself as a locksmith and shoe repair shop that opened its doors in 1971. Inside, you'll find bistro tables, a disco ball, comfortable sofas, and well-prepared cocktails with unique names.

Judy & Punch is located in Astoria and pretends to be your neighborhood's favorite spot. It has pool tables and earth tones that make it feel like home. When some of New York City's elite publishers moved downtown, they needed great hotel bars for those who had expense accounts and stories to tell. The Panorama Room on the 18th floor of the Graduate Roosevelt Island Hotel has stunning views of the skyline through its window walls and from its spacious terrace. McSorley's Old Ale House is one of the oldest bars in New York City and has sawdust on the floor and dusty, aged curiosities to prove it. The Blondeau Bar has beautiful views plus plenty of beer, wine, and cocktails to choose from including low-alcohol or non-alcoholic options. The Carlyle Hotel's retro grandeur is juxtaposed with whimsical original murals by Ludwig Bemelmans in the bar that bears his name.

Montero is an authentic dive bar in an area that is increasingly less hospitable to the genre. It has nautical winks, a long bar, booths in the front, tables in the back, and a side patio. Finally, The NoMad Bar was recently named the tenth best bar in the world making it the highest contender in New York City. It has high-end cocktails mixed with ingredients you've never heard of plus stools that are stickier than you thought possible.

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