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Hit the Very Best Bars that New York has to Offer

In the land where the cocktail was born, mixed drinks are stirred with gravitas, craft breweries and bars take their artisan suds seriously, but you can also still fnd old-school dive bars.
The rooftop bar at The Strand Hotel looks onto the Empire State Building

Bars in New York

Best dive bars


Way out in Red Hook, this super-inviting longshoreman bar – the sign says ‘bar’ – is straight out of On the Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando. Every Saturday at 10pm it hosts a foot-stomping bluegrass jam (sunnysredhook. com; 253 Conover St, btwn Beard & Reed Sts, Red Hook; 6pm–2am Tues, 4pm–4am Wed-Fri, 2pm–4am Sat, 4pm–11pm Sun; cash only).


Giving new meaning to the word ‘dive,’ this Irish holdout has a long bar, walls covered in posters and black-and-white photographs, and a cheap food menu. There’s always a lineup of regulars who know each other by name and the bartender has a sense of humour. In other words, it’s the perfect place for a 1pm pick-me-up in the Upper West Side(; 103 W 72nd St; 12pm–4am; draught beer £4).

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