1. Bushwick Country Club
This Williamsburg haunt is located on Grand St. in the borough of Brooklyn. Its name is deceiving as it is far from a country club, but it is a haven for those who enjoy cheap drink specials and hipster decor. The ambiance includes pinup art, a photo booth, red-velour airplane seats, and a Jim Beam-and-Coke slushie machine. Moreover, the tavern offers a mini golf course and huge backyard for patrons to get their swing on. However, the Bushwick Country Club’s signature drink is its greatest claim to fame–the pickleback shot. This is definitely an experience not to be missed, whether you are a tourist or NYC resident.
2. Dive 75
This Upper West Side tavern is located on W 75th St. and a Must-See for sports aficionados. This neighborhood sports bar offers board games, a wide variety of beers (including craft beer selections), and wall-to-wall TVs to tune into numerous events. If you are a sports lover or know a sports fan who loves to try new places, give Dive 75 a try.
3. Death & Co.
This East Village pub is located on E 6th St. and drives home the Prohibition Era vibe. It harkens back to days of old as it originated as a speakeasy. The bar’s500-recipe cocktail book and rule breaker atmosphere makethe wait outside worthwhile. It is an NYC experience that all history buffs and liquor lovers must have a piece of.
4. Ear Inn
This Soho haunt is located on Spring St. and considered one of the city’s most historic and beloved eating establishments. Its clientele is made up of people across the socioeconomic spectrum including artists,wealthy Tribeca patrons, and locals from the neighborhood. Not only is the ambiance inviting, but the food and drink menu is delightful.
5. King Cole Bar
This Upper East Side establishment is located inside the iconic St. Regis Hotel on E 55th St. This upscale eatery is the birthplace of the Bloody Mary and has a dress code. Be forewarned, your life-changing experience at this NYC bar will not be cheap but it will allow you to feel like New York royalty, at least until the check arrives.
This East Village Rock & Roll bar is located on 7 Avenue A and considered a local mainstay. Its staff is predominantly female and of the rough & tumble variety. Its patrons include locals, the college-aged crowd who digs the vibe, and East Village upper class who know how to chill.
This Chinatown saloon is located on Baxter St. and considered a hard liquor haven. it specializes in Bourbon, Scotch, and Rye, as well as its signature Spicyback, which is a whiskey shot with a pepper-infused pickle juice chaser. As the cherry on top, its appetizer menu is out of this world.
Whether you are coming to “The Big Apple” for a visit, a recent transplant, or long time NYC dweller, these are seven life-changing experiences in NYC bars you should have before you die.