6 of Our Favorite Cocktail Bars in NYC

Guide By Cole Bubenik
Finding the best NYC cocktail bars can be an adventure. Whether you're meeting up with old friends, vacationing with new ones, or needing a happy hour spot to escape the work week–you'll want a place that feels transportive.
Traditional bars will already offer classic cocktails like an old-fashioned, a manhattan, or a martini. For this guide to our favorite (and some of the best NYC cocktail bars) in NYC, we focused on a few different criteria: spaces that feel great to be in, offer creative cocktail choices, and serve delicious food in addition to their drinks.

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Pebble Bar

283 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
Best NYC Cocktail Bars - Pebble Bar
Nestled in a legendary townhouse at Rockefeller Center, this bar's name is inspired by novelist Jack Kerouac's writings on a former water hole, Hurley's. Their 2nd-floor cocktail bar is available for walk-in drinks, private cocktail parties, or simple after-work drinks. If you're feeling hungry, check out their 3rd-floor bar for lighter bites including oysters, lobster rolls, or Pebble Cup– a chocolate mousse with hazelnut praline and whipped cream.

An imaginative and delicious cocktail list rounds out this gorgeous space, making this one of the best cocktail bars in NYC.
Our Cocktail Recommendation
The Wallflower: Doble Diamante Tequila, St. Germain, Bianco Vermouth, Verjus & Grapefruit Bitters. Sometimes you just want to take in a space: marvel at its history and sense of place. A spot like Pebble Bar invites you to let your inner wallflower out a bit while you soak up the quintessential NYC ambiance surrounding you.


170 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Daintree is perched high up in the Manhattan skyline, this rooftop lounge offers some of the city's best skyline views, including the Empire State Building, and is home to one of the best cocktail bars in NYC. Visit for their array of signature martinis and cocktails and pair each with delicious snacks and small bites.

Daintree is a beautiful spot. You'll fall in love with its lush seating, outdoor patio, and fantastic city views. We give it our official seal of approval for cocktail enthusiasts everywhere.

S Bar

271 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Best NYC Cocktail Bars - S Bars
When rounding up our favorite, and the best cocktail bars in NYC, we had to include S Bar. S Bar describes itself as a "sultry lounge offering innovative cocktails" and we couldn't agree more. Their bar feels impressively chic while still maintaining an intimate atmosphere perfect for happy hours or a cocktail night out with friends and family.

With plenty of classic cocktails and a menu of their signature cocktails, there's sure to be something for anyone.
Our Cocktail Recommendation
The Diplomat, apple brandy, passion fruit, amaro blend, and lemon. For a high-up spot like Daintree, you'll need a high-and-might cocktail like The Diplomat. This juicy cocktail is the perfect starting point for a night full of shared stories, experiences, and stunning views.

Orchard Townhouse

25 11TH AVE NEW YORK, NY 10011
Best NYC Cocktail Bars - The Orchard Townhouse
The first thing you'll notice about The Orchard Townhouse is how beautiful the space is. Nestled on 10th Avenue, this neighborhood space feels both cozy and effortlessly cool. With an extensive list of signature cocktails, including a delicious espresso martini, and great dinner, lunch, and brunch service this space can't be beaten.

Join them for their happy hour Tuesdays through Fridays from 3 - 6 PM to enjoy specials on frozen drinks, cocktails, and delicious small plates. These happy hour specials, plus their innovative and delicious menu, make this one of the best cocktail bars in NYC.
Our Cocktail Recommendation
An espresso martini: vodka, cold brew liqueur, hazelnut, cold brew concentrate. Espresso martinis are all the rage: a sophisticated drink served for sophisticated night outs, much like the type you'll find at the Orchard Townhouse. While many tend to stray away from a strong drink like the espresso martini, at a strong place like The Orchard Townhouse it just seems right.

The Sentry

242 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Best NYC Cocktail Bars - The Sentry
The Sentry is a penthouse lounge making it the perfect spot to sip away the evening. You'll get gorgeous views coupled with premium bites and an extensive list of refreshing cocktails and whiskey drinks.

A perfect space for anyone looking for an elevated happy hour or night out. Try their truffle fries for a special treat or their Queens Park Swizzle, a rum-based drink featuring fresh mint, lime, and angostura.
Our Cocktail Recommendation
The Charade: Cucumber-dill vodka, clarified lemon, aloe vera, seltzer, and a touch of elderflower. When you go to a place like The Sentry you want a drink that feels elevated and effortlessly cool. The Charade accomplishes that with a light drink made with hints of sophistication. It's a drink you'll love sipping as you discuss that latest column in The New Yorker or New York Times.

Nat's on Bleecker

107 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Best NYC Cocktail Bars - Nat's on Bleecker
There's a lot to love about Nat's, a neighborhood local with great seafood and whimsical design. They serve elevated food and New York classics, all with a touch of whimsy. Perfect for someone looking for both hot and cold cocktails, great lunch and dinner menus, and a whole lot of atmosphere.

Nat's has two locations: one on Bleecker and one on Bank. They also have a daily happy hour from 5pm - 7pm.

Our Cocktail Recommendation
Paloma De La Casa: Blanco, Habanero infused St. German, Grapefruit, Soda, Citrus Salt. Nat's serves a healthy dose of whimsy at their Bleecker location, so you should order a drink that feels...well a bit whimsical. Based on the traditionally fizzy and tall Paloma, this one has a bit of a kick to it with a Habenro-infused St. German.

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