10 Best Bars In Midtown Manhattan

Photo of Jeanine Guzman
9 February 2017

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)

Bar, Restaurant, American, French, $$$
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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.

Bill’s Bar and Burger

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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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.

Sakagura

Restaurant, Bar, Japanese, $$$
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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.

Ardesia Wine Bar

Bar, Wine Bar, American, Pub Grub, $$$
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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.