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The 10 Best Bars In Alphabet City, NY

The 10 Best Bars In Alphabet City, NY
The Broadway show RENT made Alphabet City famous and this gritty neighborhood is seemingly one of the last in New York with that old ‘90s punk vibe. We list the best dive bars and cocktail lounges for a perfect evening of barhopping around the Alphabets.


Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails
Flight of Beers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Flight of Beers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | © traveljunction/Flickr
One of the original hipster hangouts, Sophie’s is a true dive bar. Locals come in and have their spot every day at certain times, and it always feels like it’s night time inside. They’ve got a pool table and arcade games to keep you busy while drinking, plus you’re close to a lot of other neighborhood spots.
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Flight of Beers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada © traveljunction/Flickr

Josie's Bar

Bar, American
Doc Holliday
Doc Holliday | © Eden, Janine and Jim/Flickr
In a land of true dive bars, Josie’s is a saving grace. They’ve got everything you need for a night of hanging out: East Village locals, a pool table, a juke box, and a TV. The music is never too loud and the bar is never too crowded. Plus, it’s friendly to food delivery and dogs.
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Goose Island beer – Baconfest 2013.jpg © Anne Petersen/Flickr

h Street Bar

Bar, Irish
11th Street Bar, New York
11th Street Bar, New York | © arvind grover/Flickr
Sometimes you need a place to gather that’s just a regular neighborhood bar. The back room of 11th Street Bar can be reserved for free for any reason, so long as you call ahead. There’s a piano and tables and a fully-stocked bar with an old New York feel.
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Vazac's Horseshoe Bar

Bar, American, $$$
Open Mic at Lestat's!
Open Mic at Lestat's! | © Noel Reinhold/Flickr
This corner bar is often featured in Hollywood movies, as it’s one of very few corner bars with full walls of windows. Locals call it ‘7B’ seeing as it’s on the corner of 7th Street and Avenue B. There are plenty of TVs for a night of sports and drink specials to go along with that. The back walls are lined with arcade games, if you’re into that too.
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Open Mic at Lestat’s! © Noel Reinhold/Flickr
Higher Ground Cocktail © Michael Korcuska/Flickr

The Wayland

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Juice Bar, American, Pub Grub, $$$
The Wayland is located between two public gardens
The Wayland is located between two public gardens | © Yasmin Alishav
If you’re looking for a great spot in Alphabet City, look no further. The crowd leans towards an older and calmer crowd than other bars on this list. The Wayland is great on a summer night when the windows are open or cozy on winter nights with a corner view of the neighborhood.
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Zum Schneider

Restaurant, Bar, German, $$$
Everyone loves an authentic German beer hall. The architecture gives more of a Mediterranean feel while the vibes inside are completely Bavarian. If you’re looking for waitresses in lederhosen and pretzels with your steins of beer, look no further. If you’re a soccer fan, Zum Schneider has you covered for some of the major games.
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