326 Spring St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-226-9060
Arguably the oldest bar in Manhattan, the Ear Inn is neither fossil nor throwback.
35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave.; 212-744-1600
This classy cabaret is quintessential old New York in terms of atmospherics, music, and even clientele.
Grand Central Terminal, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., nr. 43rd St.; 212-953-0409
Situated over Grand Central Terminal, this upscale lounge is actually the restored private office of twenties tycoon John W. Campbell.
McSorley’s Old Ale House
15 E. 7th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-473-9148
The undisputed champion of NYC drinking institutions for the frat boy in all of us.
915 Third Ave., at 55th St.; 212-317-1616
The ghost-ridden 1884 saloon has recently modernized, but the details—the jukebox, the chalkboard menus, and the ashes of an especially loyal customer—remain the same.