The Dublin House

Dublin House, the pleasantly unremarkable dive on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, could be any bar depicted in a New Yorker cartoon. It is the living version of the image that springs to mind when you hear the words “corner bar.” A magnificent neon harp hangs over the entrance and beckons thirsty patrons, downcast or ebullient,…

King Cole Bar

This landmark bar in the luxurious St. Regis hotel off Fifth Avenue is beloved by tourists and Manhattan wage slaves, as well as celebs and the city elite. The place buzzes with merriment every night. The wood-paneled room located just off the lush lobby is dominated by artist Maxfield Parrish’s massive mural depicting Old King…

Raines Law Room

NYC’s sexiest cocktail bar is named for the 1896 NY State law prohibiting the sale of liquor on Sundays except in hotels, thereby producing  a sudden spate of bars with beds upstairs. Raines Law Room in Chelsea is a swank, new-era speakeasy with old style touches starting with its unmarked black door at the bottom…

Little Branch

You may walk by the Little Branch a few times before you realize you’ve found the discreetly marked entrance. And then the doorman may make you wait outside until someone leaves — an indication of just how popular this underground lair is. But get in you must. When finally admitted, down a steep staircase you…

Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog

Once you visit the Dead Rabbit, you realize that all of the hype you’ve been hearing about the place is true. Here is a truly authentic Irish bar, created by two amiable gents from the auld sod, in a 188-year-old brownstone in Lower Manhattan’s Water Street. The first floor Tap Room is a sawdust-floored drinkery…

PDT (Please Don’t Tell)

    Go to the East Village in New York City. Find the hotdog-shaped sign that says, “Eat Me” and duck into the Crif Dogs hotdog shop, a popular neighborhood take-out. Find the telephone booth. Pick up the phone and dial. Those are enough clues for you to find what is perhaps NYC’s quintessential secret…

Chumley’s

    This once-tattered, dark and smoky West Village speakeasy had been a beloved haunt for poets, novelists, journalists and activists since it opened in 1922. Willa Cather, e.e. Cummings, Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, Ring Lardner, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eugene O’Neill, John Dos Passos, and John Steinbeck are just the shortlist of literary greats who hung…

Employees Only

  Is Employees Only the best bar in the world? Serious cocktail enthusiasts seem to think so. And so do other bartenders from around the world – and local bar workers after their shifts — who stop by to pay homage to this much-lauded drinkery West Village. The suave, white-jacketed bar team cranks out top-notch…

Fraunces Tavern

  Fraunces Tavern is the oldest bar in the oldest building in New York City. It was built as a residence in 1719 by Stephen DeLancey, using imported Dutch bricks, and subsequently converted into a tavern in 1762 by Samuel Fraunces. The place has been humming (and sometimes blasting) with activity ever since — and…

McSorley’s Old Ale House

  McSorley’s is the oldest Irish bar in New York City. And it feels it. The place is an authentic, operating business that has changed precious little in the more than 160 years it first opened its creaky doors. To walk into this dark saloon near Cooper Union is to literally step back in time –…

White Horse Tavern

  Erstwhile workingman’s bar in the West Village that became a refuge for writers and assorted bohemian types and labor rabble-rousers in the 1950s because the beer was cheap and the location convenient to where most of the clientele lived. Bob Dylan, Mary Travers, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez, The Clancy…

The Rum House

    The old beer-stained dive bar at Hotel Edison was recently renovated into this intimate, noir-ish hideaway that, aside from a modest, vintage-looking neon sign hanging outside, makes no attempts to lure the passing Times Square tourists into its dark and cozy realm. Here, locals, hotel guests and theatre folk mingle at the copper-topped…