Heading to New York and in need of some great bar recommendations? These bars are all incredible in their own way, so in no particular order read on for the top 10, epic and must-visit bars in New York!
The Lowdown: There's something a little magical about Pod 39. Perhaps it's the unique brick arches, Mexican tiled tabletops or fairy lights? But this bar makes for a super cute and super 'Instagram-able' spot!
Best for: Romantic fairy lights and living that Manhattan-Millenial lifestyle. It's mainly corporate kids, 20 somethings and suits that hang out here - think the US version of the London City/Chelsea crowd.
Insider FYI: It gets pretty packed out here so if you see a seat - grab it quick!
The Lowdown: Exceptional views of Manhattan and the empire state building as well as a cool crowd and great service.
Best for: A fun date night or girl’s night ft. cute eligible bachelors.
Insider FYI: If you like to sit and drink as opposed to standing, I'd recommend contacting them ahead to reserve a table. It gets pretty busy after work hours and you'll be lucky to get an area without booking!
The Lowdown: The street, hipster lifestyle brand Kinfolk, bring you Kinfolk 90 (think a more authentic Urban Outfitters). An Intimate, cosy and extremely versatile venue. Laptops and coffee in the day turn to DJs and dancing in the night.
Paying tribute to Williamsburg’s industrial roots, Kinfolk 90 features wood salvaged from a factory down the street and it kinda feels as though you’re at a party in a garage; but in a really really good way.
Best for: A true Williamsburg bar experience. There weren’t any tourists there that I could see, just straight-up Brooklyn cool kids. Also, the music is legit FIRE!
Insider FYI: They hold art exhibitions here some days too so be sure to check the schedule.
Inside FYI II: Check out the next entry below for the Kinfolk afterparty venue!
The Lowdown: Taking it up a notch from the smaller sister venue four doors down, is Kinfolk 94. They act as an awesome combo – cocktails at Kinfolk 90, and then less than a minutes' walk away is Kinfolk 94 if you'd like to continue the party and do some more dancing.
Best for: An authentic hipster Brooklyn night out dancing to R&B and Hip Hop. No tourists, just Brooklyn locals and beautiful people.
Insider FYI: They hold weekly events at both Kinfolk venues, so be sure to check their Instagram for deets. One of their most famous events at Kinfolk 94, is their' 'Tune in Tuesdays' where they play reggae, dancehall, soca, afrobeats and more.
The Lowdown: Stepping into Azul is like stepping into a scene straight out of a movie; think the dance scene at the start of Mr and Mrs Smith, but with the New York city lights as the backdrop, the setting is honestly breathtaking. The view, the live music, the buzz in the air, Azul Rooftop is really something special.
Best for: Cuban vibes on a rooftop bar with 360-degree views of lower Manhattan.
Insider FYI: They do live Cuban music nights weekly in the Summer - be sure to check their schedule for more deets.
Insider FYI II: Azul isn't open all year round, only in the warmer months so call ahead before you head on over to Soho!
The Lowdown: Le Bain is a stylish rooftop bar with awesome views of New York and the meatpacking district. Also some great cocktails!
Best for: Feeling like you’re in a New York rom-com about eligible 20 somethings trying to make it in the big apple.
Insider FYI: During the Summer they open the ‘plunge pool’, so once you’re done with the amazing views and cocktails, there is swimming and dancing nearby if you want to continue the party!
The Lowdown: Located on the 18th floor penthouse at the Marriott, is Monarch, a chic rooftop terrace bar with stunning views of Manhattan and the Empire State Building. Ft. some eclectic decor and foliage for good measure.
Best for: Nibbles and fancy cocktails with a view, or Friday night drinks - it’s a pretty versatile venue!
Insider FYI: Monarch is in a super central location within Manhattan, so whether you’re looking for brunchtime cocktails, or you’re ready for a night on the town Monarch is a good place to start.
The Lowdown: Fancy lounge and club in Manhattan with unbeatable panoramic skyline views, including of the Hudson River and Empire State Building.
Best for: A wild Manhattan club night.
Insider FYI: They can be pretty strict on the dress code - everyone from Drake to Josh Denzel from Love Island hang out here when in New York, so dress to impress!
The Lowdown: Artistic, vibrant and located in New York’s cool Lower East Side, sits Mr Purple, Hotel Indigo’s rooftop bar. However, this bar brings visitors from far and wide, not just hotel guests. For the Londoners here, think a little like The Hoxton or Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, but an NYC version.
Best for: Sipping cocktails by the pool with a beautiful view.
Insider FYI: Remember to pack your bikini so you can enjoy a little sip while you swim.
The Lowdown: Dimly lit and sophisticated, stepping into Bar Hugo is like stepping into a suave scene from a Bond film.
Best for: An intimate and chilled out date night - there are plenty of comfy sofas and impressive views.
Insider FYI: Bar Hugo is located underneath the Azul rooftop bar, so if you’re in the area you can easily check out both! #TwoBirdsOneStone.