My Favourite New York Bars

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

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!

There can’t be too many bars with such a fantastic view of NYC!

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!

A fun evening at the Beetle House Bar!

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!

I love a piano bar, don’t you?


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.

I’ve never entered a bar through a telephone box before…

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)!


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32 thoughts on “My Favourite New York Bars

  1. How fun! It’s been years and years since I’ve visited NYC – and a friend and I stumbled into Le Poisson Rouge (turned out to be a surprise – but lovely decor and even lovelier people). But I’m keeping this list for the next time!

  2. I absolutely LOVE NY! My first trip was in August for work and I barely scratched the surface of Manhattan. My faves so far is the Refinery Rooptop and The RagTrader Bo Peep. I hope to make a trip to Beetle House Bar next time!

    1. Me too – such an amazing city isn’t it! I’ll try and check those out next time I go… Beetle House Bar is definitely worth a visit!
      Kate x

  3. I am a mom of 4, so bars just aren’t my thing anymore. That being said, I love small town bars where everyone know everyone. Places where you can go with your friends, grab a beer and just chat it up. Currently my husband and I enjoy escaping to a local wine bar whenever we have date nights. It’s sophisticated and quiet so we can just relax and talk.

    1. I know – it’s very rare we get to go out so we made the most of it on this visit as we were child-free for once! I like small, local bars too – they are generally so relaxed and friendly…
      Kate x

  4. These all sound great Kate. I really wanna go to Bar 65 and PDT sounds fascinating. Love a secret speakeasy. New York has so many cool places to go to doesn’t it?

    1. They were all great fun, but in different ways… I know – you could visit 100 times and still find more interesting stuff to do couldn’t you!
      Kate x

    1. I don’t get to bars often either – it’s so rare we are child-free unfortunately… I’m a big fan of bars with live music too!
      Kate x

    1. Isn’t it – I love it! The Beetle House Bar is worth a visit if you are in NYC – the food and cocktails were fantastic!
      Kate x

    1. I don’t do bars very often to be honest, but I do like to check nice ones out when I get the chance!
      Kate x

  5. Oh, my goodness, I am feeling so old!!! Haven’t been to bars much since my 20s, when I was living in Minneapolis – then, my favorite bars to frequent were anything previously owned/frequented by Prine (of which there were several 🙂 …)

    1. I don’t get to bars too much nowadays either sadly… hence I take the opportunity to check out nice/unusual ones when I get the chance, lol!
      Kate x

  6. i don’t go to bars, and i don’t drink alcohol but i would go there just to see the workers dressed up like tim burton characters. the view is also a huge draw for me too, i bet its breathtaking.

    1. Pretty much all the bars did fancy mocktails, so catered even for non-drinkers… And the view was fantastic – worth a visit just for that!
      Kate x

    1. I don’t visit bars too much either usually – I’m more often to be found in nice cafes! But these were all pretty special places…
      Kate x

  7. I haven’t been to a bar in ages so i’m not familiar with any you mentioned. It is definitely an interesting scene. I have good memories of hanging out with friends during my college and post-college years.

  8. These all look great, I’m a sucker for a good themed bar. Unfortunately, I live in the middle of nowhere… guess I need to plan a trip to the city!

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