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The Barhopper’s Playbook

Ten drinking hubs, 30 new bars, and not one good excuse for staying in.


The Smith  

Upper West Side
More than just wine bars.

The Smith

1900 Broadway, at 63rd St.; 212-496-5700
Ease into the night slowly at this East Village institution’s second uptown location, where a jovial postwork, pretheater crowd gathers around a slick 50-foot zinc bar.
Drink this: the Sonata No. 5 ($13), made with elderflower cordial, sparkling wine, and local honey.

Main Attraction:
Dakota Bar

53 W. 72nd St., at Columbus Ave.; 212-787-0700
Put away a stiff cocktail beneath a chandelier fashioned from brass instruments at this moody retreat owned by former Jordache model Jennifer Klein.
Drink this: the ginny, lemon-juiced, jasmine-infused Love Potion Number Wine ($14).

78 Below

380 Columbus Ave., nr. 78th St.; 212-724-7800
Drown out the rest of the evening with a 10 p.m. jazz, blues, or funk set at this breezy subterranean tavern.
Drink this: Goose Island IPA on tap ($6).

South Williamsburg
As hungry as it is thirsty.


67 S. 6th St., nr. Berry St.; 718-388-0908
The cavernous Vietnamese restobar has a Williamsburg Bridge–hugging rooftop and the kind of stick-to-your-ribs food (pork buns, chicken-curry soup) that’ll serve you well during a long night of boozing.
Drink this: the Bia Bloody Mary, made with V8, wasabi, and Sriracha ($10).

Main Attraction:

141 Broadway, nr. Bedford Ave.; No phone
This racetrack-themed brasserie from the Post Office crew tempts the young and lively with comfy booths and unusual bar fare like escargot and frogs’ legs (turned out by a former Brooklyn Star chef).
Drink this: a classic Bee’s Knees, amped up with Dorothy Parker gin ($10).

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

285 Bedford Ave., nr. S. 1st St.; 718-388-2170
When the late-night munchies strike, a grilled wild-boar sausage on a French roll from the first New York outpost of San Francisco’s mightily celebrated, open–till–4 a.m.-Thursday-through-Saturday sausage hut hits the spot.
Drink this: rum with housemade cola ($5).

Lower East Side
First-date Arcadia.


221 E. Broadway, at Clinton St.; 917-284-4514
Start off with a friendly game of backgammon at this Middle Eastern– and Scottish-inspired beer, wine, falafel, and fish-and-chip bar—the neighborhood’s prettiest new drinking spot.
Drink this: a glass of Hans & Franz Grüner Veltliner ($8).

Main Attraction:
Two Bit’s Retro Arcade

153 Essex St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-477-8161
Nearly 40 classic games—Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man, a foosball table, and pinball among them—inspire flirtatious ribbing at this Barcade-esque beer-and-wine parlor.
Drink this: a Colt 45 ($9.75), just for kicks.


134 Eldridge St., nr. Delancey St.; no phone
There’s far less worry of being turned away in front of a date at Milk & Honey’s chiller, more democratic, walk-ins-only cousin, founded by two M&H vets. Just find the door marked “AB” and you’re in.
Drink this: Tell your bartender what you’re in the mood for, and he’ll create a cocktail ($16) on the spot.

Upper East Side
Bring your friends.


339 E. 75th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-288-8033
Get a communal vibe going over a large-format, shareable cocktail, designed by Death & Co.’s Jason Littrell and author-barman Marshall Altier, at the Upper East Side’s most downtown watering hole, open since last January.
Drink this: rummy Tiki Oasis Punch ($26).

Main Attraction:
The Penrose

1590 Second Ave., nr. 83rd St.; 212-203-2751.
Mingle with neighborhood millennials at this 2,500-square-foot gastropub, heavy on the wood, brick, and nineteenth-century salvaged décor. Two bars and numerous tables are ideal for large groups.
Drink this: housemade Earl Grey lemonade splashed with gin or vodka ($9).

The Pony Bar

1444 First Ave., at 75th St.; 212-288-0090
The menu is composed exclusively of American craft beer and, save for Budweiser, all are available on tap. Beer barrels serve as tables, and every glass costs $6, simplifying the 4 a.m. drunken check-splitting debate.
Drink this: Carton’s G.O.R.P., Sixpoint’s Mad Scientist Gruitbeer, or whatever looks good on the rotating drafts.

South Slope
Patios, pinball, and Mad Men.


545 Fifth Ave., nr. 14th St.; 347-599-1087
Whiskey and American craft beers are the focus at this 2,900-square-foot bar. Prepare to be seduced into an alfresco tipple by the sprawling bilevel patio.
Drink this: Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Local 1 ($18) or Southern Tier’s Hop Sun ($6).

Main Attraction:
The Owl Farm

297 9th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 718-499-4988
Think of this as the twentysomething version of dog-friendly Slope staple Mission Dolores (they share the same owners, after all). Grab a pint (from $4) and make a beeline to the pinball machines in back.
Drink this: Nebraska Brewing’s Menage à Trois ($12).

The Monro

481 Fifth Ave., at 11th St.; 718-499-2005
A nautical theme, taxidermied animals, nineties jams, and Mad Men on Sundays keep this classic Irish pub young.
Drink this: a can of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout ($6) or the Blue Monday ($8), a combination of vodka, blue Curaçao, and peach schnapps.

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