10 Best Neighborhood Bars in New York

The neighborhood bar is a fixture in communities across America. These bars are no frills. They’re laid-back. They have regulars. They have an atmosphere that makes you feel welcome. And nowhere is that showcased more than New York. From Long Island to Troy, here are the 10 best neighborhood bars in the state. 

River Street Pub, Troy, NY

The River Street Pub in Troy opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and their laid-back atmosphere is perfect for a late-night hangout or an after-work detox. Drinks are half off on Mondays from 3 p.m. to midnight, and you can get a dollar off drinks Tuesday through Friday between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. You can pair your drinks with a small (yet utterly delicious) selection of food, like mozzarella sticks, wings, and jalapeno poppers.

Back Bar, Hudson, NY

Hudson’s Back Bar has a full selection of frozen drinks, beers, wine, and cocktails (and non-alcoholic, for the designated drivers). You can pick and choose between IPAs, lagers, and ciders; or if you fancy a nice margarita or daiquiri, those are options, too! The wine selection includes bottles from France, Itlay, Czech, and Spain—giving you the opportunity to try some from around the world.

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Traghaven Whiskey Pub, Tivoli, NY

Traghaven is primarily a whiskey pub, though they do have wine, beer, and cocktail options available. Their extensive list of whiskeys includes Irish blended whiskey, Irish single malt whiskey, bourbon, single potstill, scotch, and rye—and a few other select whiskeys like Crown Royal, Jack Daniels, and Canadian Club.

Piano Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill, NY

Piano Piano offers a full selection of red wines, white wines, ports, and dessert wines. There’s a small selection of beer, if you’d rather, and you can create a flight from the lists of red and white wines for just $18. Some options include merlots, pinot noirs, Rieslings, and chardonnays.

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Broadway Dive, New York, NY

The Dive on Broadway serves beers, whiskies, and scotches. Their beer is on tap and comes in casks, growlers, bottles, and cans. Over ten bottled cider options are available, starting at $2. They even have beer- and keg-to-go services! Whiskey choices range from an Eagle Rare Single Barrel to a High West Double Rye to a Corsair Oatrage Whiskey. 

Tap & Barrel, Smithtown, NY

This craft beer bar serves 40 distinct beers. Happy hour lasts from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Local beers and well drinks are $4 a pop and includes drinks like the Money IPA, the First Bite Pale Ale, and the Raspberry Wheat. Although they primarily focus on local tap beer, you can ask for available wines and cocktails if you’re in the mood for something else!

Thirsty’s Tavern, Binghamton, NY

Thirsty’s has been selecting only the finest brews to pair with their food for the last 44 years—as part of their goal to elevate your dining experience. They’ve got 14 different options to choose from, including the Galaxy Brewing Company’s Andromeda IPA, the Southern Tier IPA, and a Berry Shandy Leinenkiugels.

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Rhine House, Ithaca, NY

The Rhine House in Ithaca has pool tables and dart boards that are complemented by their beer garden. Ther on top beers start at $3, and happy hour is on weeknights from 3-7 p.m. (drinks are $1 off). Saturday night is pint night, where you can get $3 drinks starting at 7 p.m.! Be sure to stop by, even on Sunday when you can play pool for free!

Salinger’s, Rochester, NY

Salinger’s is Rochester’s finest dive bar (they even embrace the term). They’re in their 20th year of business and constantly have over 50 kinds of beer to choose from alongside a list of cocktails and spirits. They’re the perfect place to try local brews without breaking your bank!

Nibsy’s Pub, Syracuse, NY

Nibsy’s brings an old Irish charm to Syracuse. It was established in 1890 and today has 23 tap handles alongside an expansive selection of beer. It’s a fantastic spot to gather for some weekend sports, or even just to relax after work. Patio seating is available for an even more laidback evening under the stars, and their beers pair perfectly with the burgers, hotdogs, and sides.

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