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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.