The Upper East side wasn’t always the bustling dining and residential area we know today. Before 1837, the area consisted of mostly farm land, breweries, and piano factories. By the late 1800s, elevated railroads helped spur a population boom among the German, German-Jewish, and Irish heritage business class. The old elevated railroads are long gone, replaced by our subway system along with old world German bars, rustic dining, $1 oysters, live music, and more. Check out our list of recommended spots to grab a drink in the Upper East Side.