The 10 Best Bars In The Meatpacking District

 ©Israel Sundseth/stocksnap
©Israel Sundseth/stocksnap
Photo of Taylor Haacke
9 February 2017

Between the five boroughs of New York City and the plethora of neighborhoods amongst them, ask not where can you get a drink, but where you can’t. We take an inside look at New York City’s trendy Meatpacking District, known as one the most glamorous neighborhoods in Manhattan. You can find a bar to suit every occasion: here are our 10 favorite finds.

Brass Monkey

Bar, American, Pub Grub, $$$
Great Virgin Mojito Drink
Great Virgin Mojito Drink | © VIKTOR HANACEK/picjumbo
The perfect escape from the bright lights of the city, hide away at the rustic and atmospheric Brass Monkey. Here, guests can enjoy great drink specials and delicious food. In addition, Brass Monkey also offers an amazing rooftop beer garden with a beautiful view of the Hudson River.

The Tippler

If you’re looking for a classic New York cocktail lounge, look no further than The Tippler. Found in the cellar of the famous Chelsea Market, this underground bar is one of the coolest in the city. Antique ambiance is their game, and the decor includes repurposed wood from an old water tower and train rails. Their beverage selection includes hand-crafted cocktails and local beers.

Troy Liquor Bar

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Craving the music, fashion, and art scene that New York is so famous for? You’re in luck at Troy Liquor Bar. Troy’s throws it back with retro cocktails and live DJs spinning vinyl. Join them and lose track of time for a while.

Hudson Bar and Books

The original cigar bar to grace the New York City scene, Hudson Bar and Books is a fun getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. The classic library atmosphere exudes a sense of haughtiness: enjoy a a drink and watch as the storyline of your favorite classic novel unfolds in front of you.

Another Cool Drink with Dried Orange | © VIKTOR HANACEK/picjumbo

STK Downtown

Bar, Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
A great bar for the glamorous at heart. STK Downtown is a delicious steakhouse and bar, and a must-try for anyone in the mood for a typical Meatpacking District night. Described as ‘modern’ and ‘chic,’ this is great for date night.


One of the best gay and lesbian bars in New York City, Cubbyhole is true to its name. Generally crowded, this is a great place to hang out with friends or meet someone new. With awesome Happy Hour specials and dirt cheap Margarita Tuesdays, you really can’t beat it.

Pouring a Bottle of Champagne | © VIKTOR HANACEK/picjumbo

Gaslight Lounge

Bar, Cocktail Bar, American, Pub Grub, $$$
One of New York’s famous bars and lounges, Gaslight always seems to be heaving. With two live DJs and an amazing food selection, there is nothing to dislike about this venue. Enjoy a beer with your friends or watch as the nightlife of the Meatpacking District starts to pick up.

The Raven

Bar, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, $$$
The Raven, New York
The Raven, New York | ©Leeroy/stocksnap
The Raven is an amazing find for the waxing poetic in you. Based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven has all the allure of the dark and romantic mind of an artist. Inside, you will find decorations reminiscent of old-world New York. Simply put, it’s one of the coolest hangouts in Manhattan.


Throw it way back to the Gilded Age of the 19th century and make your way to Griffin. Enjoy a little bit of time travel with your drink at this cocktail lounge as they pay tribute to the Industrial Revolution.

Gilded Lily

It’s chic, it’s hip, it’s everything you could want of a Meatpacking District bar. Gilded Lily is the definition of a sleek bar. It’s posh and a little bit pricier, but it’s perfect if that’s what you’re into.

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