When planning a celebratory boozy brunch or your office’s next happy hour, the Bronx may not immediately spring to mind as an ideal destination. The residents of one of New York’s lesser-known boroughs are about to change that. From modern beer halls to traditional Irish pubs, the Bronx invites you to spend your happiest hours yet at these locally beloved watering holes.
Bronx Alehouse is the solution to all of your “where should we go?” woes. As it offers an ever-shifting selection of over 40 beers and well-executed bar foods to pair them with, there’s something for everyone at this neighborhood hot spot. Enjoy complimentary popcorn, garlic fries, deliciously sloppy two-handed burgers, and wash it all down with whatever’s on tap—your group will leave happy, even if a little wobbly on your feet.
Bronx Alehouse, 216 W 238th St, Bronx, NY, USA, +1 718 601 0204
Mott Haven Bar
The American fare at this classic bar and grill is solid, but the real draw of Mott Haven Bar is its events, budget-friendly happy hour deals, and extensive drinks selection. Themed evening entertainment, such as the bar’s game nights or “Painting On The Rocks” boozy art class, may get you in the door, but it’s the haven’s diverse menu of wines, brews, and house-crafted cocktails that’ll keep you content until the last call.
Mott Haven Bar, 1 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx, NY, USA, +1 718 665 2001
Gun Hill Brewing Company
A call back to New York’s heyday as home to the nation’s largest brewing industry, Gun Hill Brewing Company is heading up a “revolution in New York brewing.” Serving up pints, beer flights, and to-go growlers, the bar brews all of their beer on-site near historic Gun Hill. Appearances by unexpected ingredients, such as cheese rinds, caramel, and watermelon, make for complex flavors—and happy beer lovers—at this local gem.
Gun Hill Brewing Company, 3227 Laconia Ave, Bronx, NY, USA, +1 718 881 0010
An Beal Bocht Cafe
An Beal Bocht Cafe, Gaelic for “the poor mouth,” is a traditional Irish pub that’s called the Bronx home for over 20 years. A testament to the bar’s dual origins, its menu highlights beers from the Bronx and across New York State, whiskeys from Ireland, as well as an array of mouthwatering Irish specialties, including bangers and mash, bacon and cheese toasties, and Irish-style curry. Also providing the community with live musical performances, open-mic nights, and a gallery space, An Beal Bocht Cafe is a haven for Irish Americans and anyone who appreciates a good pint enjoyed with even better company.
An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W 238th St, Bronx, NY, USA, +1 718 884 7127
A tapas spot whose taste-it-all approach extends to its drinks menu, Tin Marin serves cocktails, beer, wine, and spirits alongside shareable plates. The beverage selection at this Spanish and Latin American eatery features finds from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and beyond and includes guava mojitos, strawberry margaritas, and, of course, mucha sangria.
Tin Marin, 3708 Riverdale Ave, Bronx, NY, USA, +1 718 884 4800
Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen
Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen has mastered the art of a boozy brunch, a favorite pastime of legal-age New Yorkers. Cheesy chorizo-spotted shrimp and grits, smothered chicken and waffles, and fan-favorite biscuits are washed down by the bar’s specialty cocktails, which feature unique add-ins such as Thai chili-spiced agave, cucumber, and lychee. Charlie’s sweetens the deal for Bronx residents by serving up brunch with a side of soul, courtesy of the restaurant’s “Hip Hop Brunch” soundtrack.
Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen, 112 Lincoln Ave, Bronx, NY, USA, +1 718 684 2338
The newly opened Clinton Hall is slated to be a go-to destination for beer-loving Bronx locals and in-the-know aficionados this summer. The team at this modern beer hall has considered everything with care—from its highly curated selection of brews to its gourmet take on beer hall cuisine and finally, its warm, open interior, perfectly designed for long summer drinking sessions. The spot’s menu alone, which masters the art of high-low combos by featuring ingredients such as truffle aioli and sushi-grade tuna alongside Frito chips and guacamole, makes Clinton Hall well worth a trip uptown.
Clinton Hall, 601 E 189th St, Bronx, NY, USA, +1 718 220 6400
A little-known offshoot of the Bronx, City Island is about as close to Cape Cod as you can get without leaving the city. At neighborhood watering hole The Snug, traditional fish and chips, fresh fish tacos, and live entertainment courtesy of the pub’s friendly cast of owners and regulars are served alongside affordable beers and cocktails. A family-owned spot boasting a rare “where everybody knows your name” feel, The Snug invites you to get away for your happiest happy hour yet.
The Snug, 302 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY, USA, +1 718 885 9559