As you’ll know if you’ve read some of my recent posts, I love New York City. But as well as the many tourist attractions, it also has lots of great bars to check out in the evenings – and they cater for absolutely all different styles and tastes! So here are a few of my favourites from our last couple of trips to NYC:
Bar SixtyFive is on (yep, you’ve guessed it!) the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center. Without doubt, the biggest draw here is the fabulous nighttime views over New York City. It’s a fairly smart establishment and the prices are pretty high, even by New York standards, but the atmosphere is fairly relaxed and it’s worth the price of the drinks just to enjoy the views… and if you don’t drink, head up there and try a mocktail instead!
Beetle House Bar
Now this one is a little bit different! Do you remember the film ‘Beetlejuice’? Well that’s the theme for this bar and restaurant! It’s only small, with a handful of tables and a few stools at the bar, so you do need to book in advance, particularly if you want to eat. But it’s well worth it… the food was delicious, the cocktails were some of the best I’ve ever tasted and the atmosphere was great fun, with some staff dressed up as Tim Burton characters… and playing their parts very well!
Don’t Tell Mama
This is a great, if rather dark (although this is probably for the best!), piano bar slap-bang in the heart of New York’s theatre district and is perfect for pre or post-show drinks… The bar staff break into song every so often and the standard of singing/playing was very impressive (probably wannabe Broadway stars?). The prices – I honestly couldn’t tell you… it was so loud and so dark in there that I have absolutely no idea what anything cost, lol!
This place is a fun throwback to the American speakeasies of the 1920s and 30s… It took us a little while to find it as there is nothing visible on the street to indicate where the entrance is. In fact, you have to enter through a shabby takeaway joint… once in there you enter an old wooden telephone box and pick up the phone to speak to someone inside! This place is tiny so, again, you do need to make a reservation in advance or you will not get a table, as we sadly found out.
What type of bars do you like to visit (if you like to visit bars of course!) – sophisticated, quirky, relaxed, sports? Any of these bars/restaurants above appeal to you? Let me know what you think in the comments below…
Happy Travelling (and eating and drinking)!