The Best Bars for Drinks in the Upper West Side

The Best Bars for Drinks in the Upper West Side

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The Upper West Side is known for its historic buildings, museums and performance centers as well as its easy access to New York’s beloved Central Park. The neighborhood is home to many long-time residents and is very clean and easy to get around. It has more restaurant options than most Manhattan neighborhoods and many famous stores are always within walking distance. UWS is perfect for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown and midtown. Below is our list of recommended bars in the area if you’re looking to grab a drink or a causal hangout.

1. Amsterdam Ale House

What: A beer lovers’ oasis, this neighborhood bar has 65 different bottles and 31 beers on draft. They specialize in offering a wide range of seasonal beers on tap.

Where: 340 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY
Amsterdam Ale House is located right around the corner from The Beacon Theatre, meaning it gets rather crowded after a show. On the Upper District’s southern tip, Amsterdam Ale House also boasts an extensive menu of amazing American (New) dishes. Official Website


2. The Dead Poet

What: A hideout for reclusive writers, this Irish bar feels more like a library than a place to get your drink on. With cocktails named after famous writers, it is a nerd’s paradise.

Where: 450 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York
The Dead Poet was opened by a former English teacher in 2000. The purpose of the Irish bar was to celebrate the lives of the writers that inspired the owner. The crowd at this bar is mainly college students and local musicians who drink up the bar’s signature cocktails. They also come by for the bar’s jukebox, and bar patrons can even request the bar play a specific album in the jukebox. While they are there, they can also check books out as if the bar was a library too. Official Website


3. The Parlour

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What: As a roomy Irish bar, this neighborhood jewel has a long history of offering outstanding hospitality. The bar serves lunch, brunch and a buffet.

Where: 250 West 86th Street, New York, New York
The Parlour boasts two separate bars, one of which includes a billiard table. The bar is known for its Irish grub, including homemade beef stew, bangers and mash and corned beef and cabbage. Always packed, this bar is as appealing to Irish tourists as it is to trendy locals. Official Website


4. Prohibition

What: With happy hours and music every night, this bar attracts an after work crowd thanks to its reasonably priced cocktails and beers.

Where: 503 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York 10024
Prohibition is packed every night thanks to its live music, open mic nights and similar events. The bar is well known for its 20 years of hosting famous and upcoming musicians. It’s popular with locals because the cocktails on the menu are changed every season. Official Website


5. Vanguard Wine Bar

What: A sophisticated wine bar for the refined drinker, it is also known for its Champagne Float, which consists of Champagne and vanilla ice cream. This wine bar attracts high powered men and women living and working in New York City.

Where: 189 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York
Vanguard is more reasonably priced than other wine bars in the city and offers an amazing selection of quality red and white wines. With small plates and a few select beers, this bar makes for a great after-work drink. Official Website


6. George Keeley

What: A beercentric bar that even has its own club for the adult beverage. Club members have their names listed on the bar’s website and on its walls.

Where: 485 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York
George Keeley has an extensive beer and an impressive pub menu that attracts locals and tourists. The 100 types of beer to choose from means patrons never have to have the same one twice. Some of the beers are locally brewed while others are Irish beers. Official Website


7. Cleopatra’s Needle

What: A neighborhood bar and restaurant with a daily happy hour and live jazz music, this quaint place is known for is Mediterranean Cuisine. It is also famous for its jazz jam sessions.

Where: 2485 Broadway at 92nd Street, New York, New York
Cleopatra’s Needle shares its name with a famous Central Park monument. This upscale jazz club/bar regularly hosts open mic nights and features established and upcoming jazz singers. The lack of a cover charge make Cleopatra’s Needle an after-hours hot spot. Its 2pm opening time also makes it popular with day drinkers. Official Website


8. Jake’s Dilemma

What: Known as a guy’s bar, the happy hour deals offered are some of the best on the Upper West Side. Even outside of happy hour, drink prices are reasonable.

Where: 430 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York
Jake’s Dilemma isn’t a girls’ night out type of place, but more like a nightly frat party. With beer pong and foosball, the bar is very oriented towards the male crowd. It’s known as an Upper West Side landmark and boasts 50 beers, 14 of which are on tap. The two private party rooms make this a popular location for guys’ night and bachelor parties. Official Website


9. Dive Bar

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What: This iconic bar is a popular meet-up spot for locals. There is almost always a game on the TV in addition to board games in the bar that are great at breaking the ice when meeting new people.

Where: 732 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York
Dive Bar is one of the best places to go for a huge selection of beers. With 25 on tap and 12 available to take home in a growler, there is no lack of choices. This includes local and national beers as well as hard cider and other similar drinks. Lined with comfortable couches, Dive 75 is the place for locals to unwind and have a good time. There is even a huge fish aquarium in the bar that can be very relaxing to look at. Official Website


10. St. James Gate

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What: This Irish pub serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and a weekend brunch. Its outdoor seating makes it a great place to spend a warm summer day.

Where: 441 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York
St. James Gate is a popular date spot and is situated in the heart of the Upper West Side. Located near Central Park and the Natural History Museum it is a hotspot for tourists. Official Website




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