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The 10 Best Bars In Manhattan's Greenwich Village, NYC

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Greenwich Village is known for its nightlife and rich culture. A historic district of New York City, the Village is home to a diverse group of bars, restaurants, and cultural sites. Though many of the neighborhood’s bars are worth a try, these top 10 stand out for their atmosphere, originality and even landmark status.

 

Fat Cat

Known for its fantastic jazz performances and variety of games, Fat Cat is the perfect place to spend a night out. Their musical performances feature emerging artists across genres. Part of Fat Cat’s mission is to ‘sustain the tradition of late nightly jam sessions’, as well as to provide educational programs during the day. In addition to the fabulous music patrons will enjoy, bar-goers can play shuffleboard, ping pong, and pool, even hosting tournaments. The casual atmosphere and drink selections will make you feel at ease in this Greenwich Village staple.

Fat Cat, 75 Christopher Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 543 6576.

Courtesy of the Bourgeois Pig

The Bourgeois Pig bar | Courtesy of the Bourgeois Pig

 

The Bourgeois Pig

If it’s a Monday or Tuesday night, you’ll find half-off bottles of wine at The Bourgeois Pig. A longtime New York City fixture, this bar relocated from the East Village and now makes its home on MacDougal Street. Apart from their wine list, The Bourgeois Pig is known for its cheese, and sweet and savory fondue selections. Although known as a wine bar, they also offer a curated selection of cocktails, including beer and champagne cocktails. They are open for dinner and late-night drinks.

The Bourgeois Pig, 127 MacDougal Street and West 3rd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 475 2246.

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The Bourgeois Pig bar | Courtesy of the Bourgeois Pig

 

Vol de Nuit

While it’s easy to overlook Vol de Nuit as you walk along West 4th Street, it’s well worth the walk through the slightly mysterious entryway and front patio space. Vol de Nuit has an astounding beer selection, a romantic atmosphere, a great outdoor space in the summer, and incredible fries. They don’t have a full food menu, but you can place an order for fries to complement your beer. The Belgian beer bar boasts an impressive selection of on-tap beers, including lambics in addition to wine and bottled beers. Though the space is small, it can easily accommodate groups. It also makes a great date spot or romantic night out.

Vol de Nuit, 148 West 4th Street and Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 982 3388.

 

The Stonewall Inn

Credited as the ‘birthplace of the modern Gay Rights movement’ due to a riot in 1969, The Stonewall Inn holds important historical significance for New York City. Beyond its famous history, the Stonewall Inn has a lively atmosphere for a great night out in Manhattan. The spacious bar with a dance floor on the upper level hosts weekly events in addition to special events and shows, which you can find on their website. The Stonewall Inn is just the place to celebrate history while you hit up the dance floor.

The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 488 2705.

 

Kettle of Fish

A neighbor to The Stonewall Inn, Wisconsin-themed bar Kettle of Fish is a great place to spend a night away from New York City in the heart of New York City. Couches around a fireplace in the back make for a homey, if not nostalgic, atmosphere. The bartenders are always friendly (even on crowded evenings) and the large back room makes this bar ideal for large groups. It’s also the perfect getaway for Midwesterners wanting a taste of home or to take in Green Bay Packers game.

Kettle of Fish, 59 Christopher Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 414 2278.

 

White Oak Tavern

White Oak Tavern is another nod to the past along the historic, cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village. They pride themselves on ‘rustic tradition’, which they preserve through forgotten cooking techniques and locally-sourced ingredients for their rich and unique food menu. Perhaps their most unique attribute is their bourbon flights, which round out a robust list of beer, wine, and cocktails. The atmosphere is great for dates but casual enough for a small gathering out. Though their heartier entrées, like steak, scallops, or fish and chips, can run on the more expensive end, their menu offers a range of lighter dishes that are moderately priced.

White Oak Tavern, 21 Waverly Place and Greene Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 260 2604.

 

The Slaughtered Lamb

Named after the infamous pub featured in An American Werewolf in London, The Slaughtered Lamb is a traditional pub with a spooky twist. The fireplace, werewolf decor, and dark lower level make for a distinct atmosphere in this Greenwich Village fixture. In addition to a broad drink menu, they feature a full food menu with wings, burgers, and other pub fare. Great for parties, they have a selection of party packages, or a night out with a few friends, this well-stocked bar with a horror twist is sure to entertain.

The Slaughtered Lamb Pub, 182 West 4th Street and Jones Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 627 5262.

 

Shade Bar NYC

On the corner of Sullivan and West 3rd street, Shade Bar NYC offers a wide selection of cocktails as well as a full restaurant menu, although they are best known for their crêpes. Whether you’re seeking to satisfy a salty or sweet tooth, Shade is sure to have a crêpe to suit your taste. They also serve salads and light fare in this quaint and quiet bar. Their small size is best-suited to intimate gatherings and romantic evenings out.

Shade Bar NYC, 241 Sullivan Street and West 3rd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 982 6275.

 

The Rusty Knot

Pretzel dogs, tacos, and tiki drinks are the heart of The Rusty Knot. The food, while delicious, is especially great for late-night eating after a long evening of Greenwich Village bar-hopping. Noted on Google Maps as a ‘kitschy nautical bar’, this is the kind of place to spend an evening with close friends or make new ones. Situated on the Hudson River, it makes a great first or last stop for an evening in the Village. Its maritime decor is also quite fitting.

The Rusty Knot, 425 West Street and West 11th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 645 5668.

 

Amélie Wine Bar

Amélie is another excellent date spot. With good prices on wine flights during happy hour, this trendy wine bar is great for an after-work drink, but also makes a wonderful night out. An excellent selection of wine and cheese, plus their lunch and brunch menu, make Amélie a standout in the neighborhood. Whether you’re there to enjoy a glass of wine or a full meal, Amélie’s upscale atmosphere and moderate price range are not to be missed. 

Amélie Wine Bar, 22 West 8th Street and MacDougal Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 533 2962.