It’s Thursday and the weekend is just around the corner. Even better, it’s National Cocktail Day.
Celebrate the holiday and get an early start to the weekend at the best cocktail bars in New York City.
This bar has not only won a slew of awards, including “World’s Best Cocktail Menu” and “World’s Best Bar,” New Yorkers confirm that the hype is worth the visit. One Yelp user called it a “hidden treasure” while another said it was “a great place for well-made cocktails as well as good quality food.”
On Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., The Dead Rabbit will be serving Pernod Absinthe cocktails at a special price and $1 oysters.
30 Water Street, Financial District
You’ll want to dress nicely for cocktails at this hidden prohibition-era cocktail bar inside Grand Central Station.
Yelp users suggest picking up their boozy “Prohibition Punch.”
15 Vanderbilt Avenue Entrance, Midtown East
At this East Village speakeasy, you can order hot dogs to enjoy with your cocktails. Yelp users also suggest picking up some waffle fries.
You enter the bar through a phone booth inside the Crif Dogs restaurant. Make sure to make a reservation to learn the password.
113 St Marks Pl, East Village
Another great speakeasy hidden in the back of a Japanese restaurant.
Yelpers suggest getting the “Stormy Weather,” a whiskey-based drink with an impressive presentation.8 Stuyvesant St, East Village
This hidden cocktail bar lies in the heart of Chinatown. All cocktails made there are prepared with local and organic produce from local greenmarkets or picked straight from our rooftop herb garden.
They also offer classes and their sister restaurant, Aztec-themed Pulqueria, is right nextdoor.
9 Doyers Street, Chinatown
At this hip Bushwick spot, you can order delicious French bites along with your unique cocktail. Kick back and watch a movie on their huge projector or play foosball with your friends. Reclining in one of their vintage velvet chairs and enjoying the ambiance is great too.
Come back for their free comedy show on Tuesdays at 9 p.m.411 Troutman St, Bushwick
This lounge in Cobble Hill is known for its chic vibe, delicious food and great cocktails.
Yelpers recommend grabbing one of their lamb burgers!210 Smith St, Cobble Hill
This Long Island City bar offers happy hour Monday to Thursday from 5-7 p.m.
If you want to avoid the headache of a cramped Manhattan bar, head here.27-24 Jackson Ave, Long Island City
This Astoria cocktail bar also boasts a great happy hour. Yelpers also suggest enjoying their outdoor space if the weather’s nice.
You’re encouraged to bring your own food to the bar.34-04 31st Ave, Astoria
Take the D train up to the Bronx for this sweet spot.
You can enjoy a great burger and pizza there with your drink, according to Yelpers.
357 E 204th St, Norwood
You’ll enjoy some really delicious food with your cocktail at this Staten Island joint.
Try the seafood risotto, truffle mac n cheese or the short ribs while you’re there.
695 Bay St, Stapleton