10 Of The Best Cocktail Bars In Manhattan

Looking for a step up from your neighborhood pub? Here’s our list of 10 of the best cocktail and spirit bars in New York City. Bottoms up!
1. Bemelmans Bar, Upper East Side
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photo: @angeliqueadelina via Instagram

We’re not sure if it’s the sweet sound of the grand piano at this landmark NYC bar that makes us feel like we’ve taken a trip back in time, or the exquisite murals painted by Ludwig Bemelmans (famed for the Madeline series of children’s books). Either way, they have some very classy drinks and it’s not as pricey as you might expect.

Address: Carlyle Hotel. 35 East 76th St

More info: their website.

2. Monarch Rooftop Lounge, Midtown
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photo: @crazycow7 via Instagram

If you like your cocktails with a breathtaking view of the city on the side, this is the place for you. The swanky bar and lounge near Herald Square is known for its luxurious outdoor terrace and yummy small plates as well as a menu full of specialty cocktails. 

Address: 71 West 35th Street

More info: their website.

3. Attaboy, Lower East Side
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photo: @attaboy134 via Instagram

With a welcoming name and no-reservations policy, you can’t help but get comfortable at this New York hotspot. Run by two of the bartenders who worked at the bar when it was Milk & Honey (closed in 2012), the place has an eclectic crowd of drinkers and a creative cocktail list. You’ll fit right in.

Address: 134 Eldridge Street

More info: their website.

4. Brandy Library, TriBeCa
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photo: brandylibrary.com

Brandy Library opened Downtown in 2004 and they specialize in you guessed it, Brandy. They also have other aged spirits available to taste. They offer private tastings and a space for parties as well.

Address: 25 N. Moore Street

More info: their website.

4. Eliza’s Local, East Village 
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photo: @elizaslocal via Instagram

Eliza’s Local just opened this year on the corner of Saint Marks Place. They offer a large selection of craft beers and local spirits. The staff is extraordinarily friendly too. Pro tip, try the Pineapple Mezcal Sour.

Address: 2 Saint Marks Place

More info: their website.

6. The Campbell, Midtown
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photo: @fecastleberry via Instagram

The Campbell is located in Grand Central Terminal right off of 43rd Street. The space bleeds old New York City elegance and hosts live jazz nights on Sundays.

Address: 15 Vanderbilt Avenue

More info: their website.

7. The Lobster Club, Midtown East
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photo: @mikest1 via Instagram

The Lobster Club is a Japanese Brasserie in Midtown East located in the Seagram Building. The lounge itself is sophisticated and the cocktails are inventive and fun.

Address: 98 East 53rd Street

More info: their website.

8. Crimson and Rye, Midtown
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photo: @walma29 via Instagram

Crimson and Rye is a craft cocktail bar and lounge located in the lobby of Manhattan’s Lipstick building. The horseshoe style bar and the cozy leather lounge chairs set the mood for a night full of fancy cocktails. They focus on and serve over 40 small batch whiskeys but you can get any type of spirit.

Address: 198 E 54th St

More info: their website.

10. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, FiDi
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photo: @deadrabbitnyc via Instagram

The name of this Irish-American bar doesn’t immediately bring appetizing cocktails to mind but, we were proven wrong. The cocktails here are to die for and it’s well worth a visit to check out their grocery store which features Irish and British imports. They are the winner of several awards including the World’s Best Bar in 2016.

Address: 30 Water Street

More info: their website.

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