Beat the Winter Blues: An Editor’s Guide to Drinking Around NYC

AH NYC….So many bars to cover, and so little time. Whether in the mood for a sexy cocktail at a hotel bar, slinging back a PBR in a flannel because it’s “underground”, or a good happy hour bar post work, we have scoured the streets of NYC and have you covered. It’s cold out there, so why walk around aimlessly like a tourist? Here are my picks for January’s Best Bars of NYC:

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Best Cocktail Bar:

The WaylandThis Alphabet City gem screams laidback vibes and casual attitude, but the drinks are taken seriously at The Wayland. Their large cocktail menu festures combinations of sweet, savory, and spicy that will match whatever dance your tastebuds are feeling. Feel transported back to the Prohibition Era in a way that only NYC knows how to do it best…through ambiance. Dimly lit rooms, light folk/Prohibition Era music playing lightly in the background, and the rustic charm take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

January Drinks to Try:

Winter Coat” (Rye Whiskey, applejack, cinnamon syrup, allspice dram) tastes like Fall

“The Mexican Standoff” prepared right in front of you its sweet taste with heat at the end will warm you right up. (mezcal & barrel-aged cocoa tequila mixed w/ a blend of dark choco, cocoa nibs, and cayenne)

700 E 9th St
(between Avenue C & Avenue D)
New York, NY 10009
Neighborhoods: East Village, Alphabet City

Other Options: Evelyn Drinkery, Elsa, Pouring Ribbons 

Best “Sexy” Bar:

Bar 44 at The Royalton Hotel: Nothing screams sexy like a Hotel Bar, and the Royalton Hotel in Midtown knows what they’re doing. Whether going with a group of girls post work, or having a “sexy date night”, Bar 44 screams refined elegance, sex, and luxury. Sip one of their signature cocktails by a fireplace in a plush lounge seat, or chat up the mixologists at the bar. Morgan’s Hotel Group revamped this hotel lounge to create a dark, warm ambiance with a wide variety of individuals due to Midtown traffic. Hit Bar 44 on a Wednesday or Thursday for a truly unique crowd.

January Drinks to Try: Mai Tai

44 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
212 869 4400
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Best Dance Bar:

It isn’t a surprise that the luxurious The Top of the Standard  (aka the Boom, Boom Room) in the meatpacking district should make this list.  The guest list is exclusive, and when NYC knows that they can’t get into something, we want it. Head up in the early afternoon post work for some Happy Hour fun or during the late afternoon on the weekends to check out the amazing cityscape views before the party gets going. Senior Bartender Aaron Polsky is known for his drinks (and ahem looks), and will promise you a party in a glass. Hang out until the sun sets and be ready to shake those worries away.

848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Best for a Group: 

Where else can you bowl, drink, and watch live music but Brooklyn Bowl? Described as “One of the most incredible places on earth,” according to Rolling Stone, Brooklyn Bowl aims to please by having it all. Want to stuff your face with some greasy appetizers? Check. Check out a plethura of beers? Check. Put all your shoes in the center and forget about guys, a la Dane Cook style? Check. The bars feature local craft brewed beers, and 16 bowling lanes which give guests a unique place that only Williamsburg would have. Brooklyn Bowl is located in the former Hecla Iron Works (built 1882).

61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11249

January Drinks to Try: Brooklyn Brewery anything. When in Brooklyn right?

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Best Bro Bar: 

McSorley’s Old Ale House is the place you go to sling back not a few, but many beers. Scattered with sawdust and whatever past messes due most likely to a frat boy incident, McSorley’s is an NYC staple. All hail the polo collars, the flannel, and the hoodies as the fashion “go to”s at this relaxed and no frills bar. Established in 1854, McSorley’s became a staple by providing the indecisive with choices: McSorley’s Dark Ale and McSorley’s Light Ale. Known for its extremely cheap prices and 2 for 1 pricing, McSorley’s is the place you go to forget the week past…and probably the rest of the night too.

15 E 7th St, New York, 10003

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