The 10 Best Bars in New York!

New York State is home to some of the most iconic and enjoyable watering holes in the world, and not all of them are in New York City! From plush speakeasies to breezy beach lounges, the state is home to many excellent places to unwind. Order a round of libations at one of these top-quality bars in New York.

1. PDT (Please Don’t Tell), New York, NY

This swanky speakeasy is tucked away inside an East Village hot dog shop—the only way to enter is through a phone booth on the wall. Once inside, there’s dim lighting, delicious cocktails, and a crowd of beautiful, well-dressed patrons. Call in advance for reservations.

2. McSorley’s Old Ale House, New York, NY

With a sawdust-covered floor and wall décor that has not been changed in over 100 years, this historic Irish bar is reminiscent of New York in the 1800s. Not much has changed at McSorley’s since it opened in 1854—in fact, the saloon didn’t allow women to enter until 1970.

3. Allen Street Hardware Café, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo’s hipster bar was created out of a former hardware store. Now, it offers a huge selection of drinks, plus jazz nights, cool vibes, and tasty pub fare.

4. The Back Room, New York, NY

This tucked-away lounge on the Lower East Side is full of charming details. Think velvet wallpaper, fireplaces, lamplight, plush furniture, and drinks served out of teacups. 

5. The Surf Lodge, Montauk, NY

Located on breezy Fort Pond, The Surf Lodge is Montauk’s most popular watering hole. With a spacious patio and a lineup of cool musical performances, this beachy-chic lodge draws crowds every summer.

6. Liquids and Solids, Lake Placid, NY

This Adirondack watering hole has everything you need to end a day of hiking or skiing. The bar has an extensive beer and cocktail list, a farm-to-table menu, and rustic accents like a wood-burning stove.

7. Library Bar at the Nomad Hotel, New York, NY

A two-level library with a spiral staircase, the Nomad Hotel’s Library Bar is the epitome of sophistication. Sip on a well-crafted cocktail in the company of your favorite books.

8. Barcade, Brooklyn, NY

This divey destination has plenty of beer on tap, but the patrons are really there for the video games. With arcade-room classics like “Pac-Man” and “Donkey Kong,” Barcade has nostalgic Millennials swooning. 

9. Al’s Wine and Whiskey Lounge, Syracuse, NY

The beautifully furnished, vintage interior of this downtown Syracuse bar is inspirational, and its cocktail menu and artisan food items are among the finest in the region.

10. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, New York, NY

Voted the “world’s best bar” last year, this beautiful two-level venue is designed to look like an old-fashioned Irish saloon. The cocktails are flawless, the beer selection is high quality, and the ambiance alone is enough to warrant a trip to its Financial District location.

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