With its diversity of cultures and storied history of immigration, it shouldn’t surprise that New York State boasts some of the most authentic pubs around. From Irish pubs dating to the 1800s to fishermen’s dive bars on Long Island, check out these friendly pubs in New York State.
This Irish pub claims to be the oldest bar in New York City, with roots dating back to 1854. The interior appears not to have changed since the 1800s—sawdust still covers the floors and the only beers on offer are light and dark ales brewed in house.
This rustic bar in the heart of the West Village offers a fireplace, a pleasant, low-key crowd, and an extensive draught beer menu. It’s the kind of pub that lets you escape from a chilly winter and have a conversation.
Kitschy, scruffy, and adorned with memorabilia, Sunny’s has been a beloved Red Hook institution for decades. Go there to catch some live music in the back or hang out on the patio.
Far, far away from where the cool people go, Liar’s Saloon is a beloved fisherman’s dive bar that’s been around for decades. Expect low-key vibes and cheap drinks without any pretentiousness.
A very dive-y dive bar in Brooklyn, Bushwick Country Club proves to be the exact opposite of what its name implies, yet still loaded with fun. A black-and-white film photo booth and a mini golf course make the atmosphere quirky and awesome.
Family-owned-and-operated, Winfield’s Pub delivers craft beer and cocktails and made-from-scratch comfort food in a cozy, friendly, neighborhood-y atmosphere.
It’s not every day you come across a bar that gives you a free personal pizza with every drink purchase. In addition to its culinary perks, this tiny dive in the East Village has a game room, a back patio, and a photo booth.
This friendly neighborhood dive is cozy, fun, and cheap, with a daily happy hour, casual comfort food like tacos and burgers, and a weekly college night for local students.
Side Show Bar is the dive that every college town needs. The owners and patrons are like family, the drinks are cheap, and the attitude allows for shenanigans to go down.
This over-a-century-old bar is tucked away in New York City’s Lower East Side, offering a glimpse of the neighborhood’s formerly gritty character while providing live music, billiards, and camaraderie.