The Best Bars In Midtown Manhattan

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Jeanine Guzman

From dive bars to swanky cocktail lounges, we’ve rounded up some great spots worth a visit in NYC’s Midtown area. The best bars are also paired with great food, which is why we’ve paid close attention to that too. There’s something in our guide for everyone to enjoy — whether you like a classy and elegant vibe or cool and casual. Interested in where to find a chocolate martini? Keep reading.

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The Modern (The Bar Room)

Elegant cocktails and impeccable service make The Bar Room at The Modern a top choice for a classy, sophisticated drink and some mouthwatering appetizers. The restaurant offers an award-winning wine program in addition to a carefully curated list of cocktails, beer, and spirits.

Turtle Bay Tavern

Turtle Bay Tavern may not be the epitome of class and grace, but it’s certainly NYC’s No. 1 party bar. Cheap drinks, endless Happy Hours, and Sunday brunches make this split-level bar a happy place for recent college grads looking to have a good time as they adjust to a new workday grind.

Bill’s Bar and Burger

Bill’s Bar and Burger has several locations around NYC in addition to Atlantic City and Philadelphia. This big, bustling burger joint is known for its authentic disco fries (fries with gravy and cheese) and creative alcoholic shakes. Bill’s is a classic sports bar where friends and family can enjoy some quality time together.

La Birreria

La Birreria is a glass-enclosed beer garden open year-round, making it suitable for any and every season. Located atop Eately, this popular retractable rooftop garden has an excellent selection of cask ales and light Italian bites with a scenic view to boot.


Sake connoisseurs and Japanese cuisine aficionados should definitely check out Sakagura, a pioneer in introducing New Yorkers to the world of sake and one of the top sake bars in the United States. Here, you’ll find over 200 varieties of sake and an endless assortment of authentic Japanese tapas.

Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar

Can you think of a better combination than wine and chocolate? Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar offers chocolate martinis that go down a treat. Chocolate lovers can enjoy the best chocolate wine, cocktails, cakes, fondue and much more.

Ardesia Wine Bar

Ardesia is a food and wine bar located in Hell’s Kitchen that features over 30 wines by the glass along with homemade pretzels and handcrafted cheeses. Its vibrant interior is exquisite with a 30-seat patio, banquette-lined lounge, and a marble bar backed by a two-story wine wall.

Latitude Bar and Lounge

Latitude Bar and Lounge is anything but a hole in the wall. This four-level venue features billiards, a second-floor lounge, and a rooftop deck perfect for a private party. A saving grace after a long week, this spot has a great Happy Hour and bar food like mini-burgers and nachos.

Rudy’s Bar and Grill

You can save your pretty dress and killer heels for another night. Sometimes a good old-fashioned dive bar is exactly what you need. Rudy’s Bar and Grill is NYC’s most famous historic dive bar, open since 1933. Free hot dogs and its original wood door makes this place a neighborhood staple.

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