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The Best Bars Around Central Park, New York City

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Julia Goicochea
Updated: 14 July 2017

Survived the throngs of tourists on your visit to Central Park? Cheers to you! Whether you’re a beer fanatic or prefer a posh drinking experience, there’s a bar nearby for you. Put your feet up, take a load off, and throw one back at any of these eight local watering holes.

Bierhaus NYC

With its thorough drinks selection, costumed bartenders, and hearty German fare, Bierhaus NYC delivers on its pledge to bring “Oktoberfest all year long” to New York City. Here, mustard-topped pretzels and juicy bratwurst are washed down with German liquors, seasonal brews, and, of course, plenty of bier. Tip: the spot’s communal tables are as ideal for sharing drinks with friends as much as they are for making new ones.

Bierhaus NYC, 712 3rd Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 867 2337

The Penrose

One look at The Penrose’s menu, which features separate Drinks, Lunch Drinks, and Brunch Drinks selections, will let liquor lovers know they’re at the right place. Here, even the most mouthwatering American dishes, such as bacon and fried oyster sandwiches and buffalo Brussels sprouts, take a back seat to creative cocktails made with ingredients such as spicy pickle brine, bacon-infused bourbon, and horchata.

The Penrose, 1590 2nd Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 203 2751

The Dead Poet

Founded by a high school English teacher-turned-bar proprietor, The Dead Poet encourages thinking and drinking in equal measure. Lit lovers will appreciate the bar’s literary-themed décor and drinks menu, which features the spiced rum sangria “Pablo Neruda” and the “J.D. Salinger,” a rye Old Fashioned served with drunken cherries. Also offering an extensive beer selection and creative takes on classic bar snacks, The Dead Poet is a place to debate, philosophize, and enjoy another round.

The Dead Poet, 450 Amsterdam Ave # 2, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 595 5670

Seamstress

No Central Park date is complete without a nightcap for two at Seamstress, a cocktail bar bringing the “cool” factor to Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Offering house-crafted cocktails featuring ingredients such as chai vermouth and pickled mango, a seasonal rosé bar, and unexpected fare such as the fan-favorite (and flaming) Baked Alaska, Seamstress is sure to impress.

Seamstress, 339 E 75th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 288 8033

Bar Coastal

Enjoy sports as much as you do spirits? Down-to-earth sports bar Bar Coastal is an ideal “game day” destination. Throw back a cold one (or two) as you watch the bar’s screen-lined walls and dig into waffle fries, grilled bologna sandwiches, and more.

Bar Coastal, 1495 1st Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 288 6635

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The Milling Room

For a more upscale experience, look no further than The Milling Room, a high-end establishment catering to Manhattan’s dinner-and-drinks crowd. Indulge in the spot’s selection of more than 100 wines hailing from France, Italy, Lebanon, and beyond, all of which pair perfectly with sophisticated menu items such as Hamachi tartare and grilled octopus.

The Milling Room, 446 Columbus Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 595 0380

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Kaia Wine Bar

One of many wine bars in New York City, South African establishment Kaia Wine Bar stands out for its selection of rare drinks and unexpected eatables. Wild boar sliders, butterscotch and whiskey tarts, and more are washed down with hard-to-find beers and wines, all hailing from South Africa.

Kaia Wine Bar, 1614 3rd Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 722 0490

The Cantor Roof Garden Bar

As if you needed one more reason to visit the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Art, the institution’s Cantor Roof Garden Bar has recently reopened for the season. Situated atop the museum’s Fifth Avenue outpost, this open-air bar offers light bites, creative cocktails, and spectacular aerial views of Central Park and the city skyline. In keeping with its location, the bar also features temporary art installations, inviting guests to indulge more than just one sense.

Cantor Roof Garden Bar, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 535 7710