The Best Bars in New York

David Farley, destination expert 

18 APRIL 2018 • 10:40AM

You could easily plan an entire trip around bar hopping in New York, with each evening dedicated to a different borough or vibe. Start by sipping on champagne mojitos to the sound of soft jazz, step through a secret phone booth to find creative cocktails, and end with a piña colada and some proper greasy grub at a classic dive bar. The hotel bar named as the birthplace of the Bloody Mary is certainly an apt choice for the day after. Destination expert David Farley shares some of the city's best places for a tipple.

Financial District

Dead Rabbit

Founded by two blokes from Belfast, this New York venue is often awarded the title 'World’s Best Bar'. The theming is inspired by John Morrissey, the leader of the Irish-American gang the Dead Rabbits, and the classic taproom is home to America’s largest collection of whiskey. Upstairs is the sit-down only cocktail parlour. The menu changes every six months to tell a different story, and is packed with historical footnotes and maps. There is also live Irish music and the pub grub is above par. Be warned: it gets packed every night, so afternoon sessions are a safer bet.

Contact: 00 1 646 422 7906;
Opening times: Daily, 11am-4am
Price: ££
Getting in: Reservations recommended
Nearest metro: South Ferry; Whitehall St.-South Ferry

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