The Best Bars for Drinks in the East Village

The Best Bars for Drinks in the East Village

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The East Village is a mecca for bar hoppers. It is one of the best neighborhoods in the city for relaxing with a casual drink or dining in the lap of luxury. Of all the bars in the East Village, there are a handful of them that stand out from the others. In this article, we list a few bars we suggest checking out if you want to experience East Village to its fullest.

1. The Wayland

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What: A neighborhood bar with community gardens surrounding it on both sides, it is the place to go for a quiet drink and some conversation. Its desirable location in the East Village makes it a great choice for locals to escape the hectic pace of city life.

Where: 700 East 9th Street, New York, New York
The Wayland serves American crafted beers and their own brand of cocktails. The staff easily mingles with bar patrons and each other. With live music, happy hour Monday through Friday and brunch on the weekends, The Wayland is a great meeting spot for locals and tourists. Official Website


2. Sake Bar Decibel

What: One of the city’s few Sake bars, it draws a huge crowd locals and tourists alike with its Japanese inspired menu.

Where: 240 East 9th Street, New York, New York
Sake Bar Decibel features close to 100 different choices of their signature drink, in both filtered and unfiltered. They also have a smaller selection of beers and cocktails for those who don’t like Sake. The bar is also known for its small dishes, appetizers and choices in sashimi. Official Website


3. McSorley’s Old Ale House

What: New York City’s oldest Irish tavern is known for its buy one get one free beers. Though one light beer and one dark beer are the only options, this offer draws in locals and tourists from around the world.

Where: 425 West 15th Street, New York, New York
McSorley’s Old Ale House dates back to its 1854 establishment. Since then, some of the most famous patrons of the bar have included Woody Guthrie, John Lennon and even Abraham Lincoln. The bar is known for its beers, which can be purchased in bottles and kegs as well as on tap. Official Website


4. Jimmy’s No. 43

What: A transformed bar that switched from American to Asian cuisine after its temporary closing due to fire damage. Its beer, cocktail, wine and hard liquor drinks bring people in from near and far.

Where: 43 East 7th Street, New York, New York
Jimmy’s No. 43 has endured the test of time. Its imported Belgium, Philippine and German beers are just as popular as its locally brewed beers. Large groups of patrons may want to make a reservation for an order of the bar’s whole roasted pigs, which many people say pairs well with their beer choices. Official Website


5. Pouring Ribbons

What: A unique local bar known for its originally named cocktails, it attracts young couples, tourists and girls night out parties. It’s a great place to hang out with a group or just enjoy some quiet time with a drink.

Where: 225 Avenue B, New York, New York
Pouring Ribbons is a neighborhood bar upstairs from a liquor store. Its wood paneling and Art Deco lights make it a cozy place to drink and mingle. The bartenders are known for showing off their skills much to the delight of fascinated tourists. Official Website


6. Lois

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What: A sophisticated wine bar, where everything liquid comes out of a tap. Since the wine is always fresh, refined drinkers come here for a glass.

Where: 98 Loisaida Avenue, New York, New York
Lois is a popular bar whose owners love to pair their wines with their small dishes. The dishes on the menu change according to the season, making it a great place for locals to frequent since they never need to order the same dish twice. The bar is also known for its weekend brunches. Official Website


7. d.b.a.

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What: A beer garden of sorts, this bar has a spacious patio with an enclosed greenhouse perfect for enjoying a cold drink at the end of the day. It’s popular with locals who want a drink or two after work.

Where: 41 First Avenue, New York, New York
d.b.a. is a drinker’s paradise with over 60 beers, 20 choices of single malt scotches and an even larger number of choices in tequila. The bar attracts a decent number of British customers thanks to drinks that make them feel like they never left home. This bar is also very dog-friendly and has its very own bar dog named Samson.


8. Royale


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What: A neighborhood bar with a big screen TV on the outside patio, it’s a popular site known as much for its burgers as its drinks. Whiskey and draft beer are the two most popular adult drinks at this establishment.

Where: 157 Avenue C, New York, New York
Royale is a bar popular with locals and is great for group outings or a quiet meal. It’s a hot spot for watching games and often hosts parties for almost any occasion. Saturday and Sunday afternoons are brunch time, which includes all day Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Official Website


9. Ten Degrees

What: A bar mainly known for hosting private parties and its month-long open bar every December. This upscale establishment serves both casual and gourmet dishes.

Where: 121 St. Marks Place, New York, New York
Ten Degrees has an extensive menu of cocktails, wine and beer. With small dishes, it’s a great place for a casual afternoon outing. It sees a huge lunch and dinner crowd, with a nightly happy hour ending at 8pm. Its mini burgers and Panini are popular menu items. Official Website


10. The Immigrant

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What: A small, intimate bar that feels cozy and homey. Its biggest attraction is its separate wine and beer areas. This is one of the best places in the city for a quiet drink.

Where: 341 East 9th Street, New York, New York
The Immigrant is a cozy bar where in house specialties include gourmet cheese, olives and other snacks. To keep the locals coming back, the snacks menu is changed up throughout the year. Like many bars in the area, The Immigrant is a former tenement space so it’s small which makes it a great date spot. Official Website




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