Battery Park City is a largely residential area with a community feel, located on the southwestern tip of Manhattan. More than one third of this 92-acre neighborhood is parkland, which subsequently offers breathtaking views and a low key yet entertaining night. So enjoy a relaxed and tasteful evening out at these top 10 local bars.
Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Diner, Gastropub, Coffee Shop, Irish, $$$
Travel back in time to old-world New York in this Irish-influenced bar. Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog is a two-story pub. The ground floor offers a bar where customers can enjoy a selection of craft beers, bottled punch, various whiskeys, and lunch options, which are served daily. The upstairs area is a gorgeous parlor where customers can enjoy small plates, drinks, or 72 historic cocktails dreamt up by the most celebrated bartenders of the 19th century.
Clinton Hall is perfect for a large group | Courtesy of Clinton Hall
At one point called Castle Garden, Clinton Hall is considered the first ever beer garden in America. This beer garden features 20 draft beers and ciders on rotation, ranging from keg lagers from the United States to beers from Scandinavia, Belgium, Germany, and beyond. What goes better with beer than a burger? Clinton Hall offers 20 unique burgers, all of which pair perfectly with the beers on offer, as well as cheddar and scallion waffle fries, their original buffalo cauliflower, homemade chili and jalapeño, and more.
Trinity Place Bar and Restaurant is bank vault-turned-bar, and it’s the perfect place for that special fine dining experience. The front dining area has a mahogany bar fastened between the steel-cut walls of the original vault. Enter the dining room by walking through the vault door, and sit beneath the original brass chandelier from the private meeting room for the bank’s executive board members. Trinity Place hosts private parties, weddings, and rehearsals as well.
Starwood Hotel has transformed an ordinary fifth floor living room into the Living Room Bar and Terrace. Developed by GRAFT, this bar and lounge is an open space with gorgeous views of Manhattan. Enjoy both the indoor and outdoor bar, drinking one of their many custom cocktails and taking in the views.
Raccoon Lodge is a three decade-old watering hole, and as the name suggests, the ambiance is designed to resemble that of a rustic wooden cabin. With a cozy, welcoming atmosphere and high ceilings, stained glass lamps, vintage signs, and stuffed animals, unwind in this unconventional locale while enjoying the jukebox music, partaking in a game or two of pool, cozying up by the fireplace, or just relaxing with a happy hour drink.
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O’Hara’s offers a Cheers-like atmosphere as the neighborhood go to for friendly, welcoming locals. This Irish-American pub is both charming and cozy, fostering an easy going and friendly environment. This is a great place to stop in for a burger and a cold pint while enjoying the company of strangers that live in the area.
Designed as an ode to the greatest sports moments with memorabilia and notable photographs, Warren 77 is a small sports bar with an American pub menu. This sports bar broadcasts the world’s best sporting events on a daily basis, from basketball to baseball and football. Sports fans of all kinds can join together and share their love of the game while enjoying wings, nachos, burgers, and a cold drink.
Entering La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels feels like entering a friend’s home. Welcoming and comfortable, this local bar is simple and relaxed with dim lighting, earth tones, and cozy couches. If you don’t want a proper sit-down experience, lounge at the bar and sip one of their many French wines on offer. Pair your drink with a selection of French and Mediterranean small plates. La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels also hosts events such as public or private wine tastings and private dinners.
Black Hound Bar and Lounge fosters an intimate speakeasy environment. Relax in the front room at the white marble-topped bar under amber lighting, or make your way to the back lounge to de-stress amid the lavish furnishings. The menu includes kobe beef burgers, flatbread pizzas, truffle mac and cheese, lobster club sandwiches, and Bigeye tuna tartare paired with an extensive selection of fine wines, spirits, and local beers.
Enjoy a summer night on a top floor terrace bar where you can take in views of the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty, and the New York Harbor. Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar is located on the 16th story of Conrad New York, and they serve a collection of unique cocktails and appetizing small plates. One of their most popular cocktails is the Prosecco and ice pop cocktail – a fruity People’s Pop topped with chilled Prosecco or rosé.