NYC’s Best New Bar Openings

NYC’s Best New Bar Openings


Tired of going to the same bars again and again? Do you crave diversity? Are you adventurous? Yes, using our psychic powers we already know the answer. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of the best new bar openings across Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Each of these bars has a unique element, setting them apart from the rest. Click to expand for first impressions, pictures, and background! Updated 8/7/16

Summer 2016

City Vineyard – Tribeca

The finer things in life.

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What: Scenic waterfront winery
Where: 223 W St
 
City Winery’s newest addition to the family, City Vineyard offers scenic views of the Hudson off Pier 26. The City Vineyard group produce and bottle their own wine, which further compliments the amazing Mediterranean menu. Be sure to check out the rooftop dining area if you want to take full advantage of the views.
 

Henri’s Backyard – Park Slope
What: Great outdoor seating, French/Vietmanese bites
Where: 256 4th Avenue
 
Henri’s takes over the space formerly known as Pickle Shack, offering plenty of outdoor seating, a mixed ethnicity menu, and 17 taps on draft. This is owner Binh Douglas’ second location in the past year and a half. The food menu is diverse, and truly echoes Douglas’ diverse ethnicity. He is half Vietnamese, a quarter Native American, and a quarter black. His French wife further helps diversify the menu.
 

Chuck and Blade – Chelsea

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What: Add this to your Oyster Happy Hour list
Where: 184 8th Ave
 
From 5-8PM you’ll find Happy Hour in full swing, with $1 east coast and $2 west coast offerings. Looking for a main course? Chuck and Blade’s got you covered with a stacked steak and seafood menu, along with plenty of cocktails. Just don’t expect any beer on tap.
 

Ladybird – Greenwich Village

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What: Vegetarian Tapas and Wine Bar
Where: 127 Macdougal Street
 
In the space formerly known as Bourgeois Pig, this new restaurant is completely renovated, featuring a wide array of vegan and vegetarian tapas. On the drink menu, you’ll find a variety of beer, wine, and fruit fusion cocktails (also made with wine).
 

Villa – Astoria

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What: Hookah Lounge
Where: 25-39 Steinway St
 
Astoria’s newest hookah lounge featuring all your favorite flavors, plus middle eastern bites and yummy drinks including nutella milkshakes and bubble tea.
 

Karaoke City – Korea Town

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What: Karaoke and Sports Bar
Where: 22 W 32nd St
 
Ktown is known for some of the best Karaoke in the city, so it’s no surprise that Karaoke City is already a hit. Boasting 19 private rooms equipped with projectors, the venue is perfect for small and medium sized parties.
 

Zadie’s Oyster Room – East Village
What: Oyster bar with a twist
Where: 413 E 12th St
 
Nestled on 12th street and opened by the team that brought you Hearst (located next door), Zadie’s is a full on oyster bar that adds some much welcomed variety to the scene. The menu doesn’t just focus on raw oysters, but instead a large variety of east coast and west coast oysters, prepared as baked, pickled, boiled, fried, steamed, and poached. Not sure which to order first? Try the poached!
 

Tiki Tabu – Lower East Side

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What: Hotel Rooftop Tiki Bar
Where: 190 Allen St
 
Going to Tiki Tabu is the closest you’ll get to a tropical vacation in the lower east side. Located on the rooftop of the Sixty LES hotel, Tiki Tabu offers a full urban tiki drink menu with small bites. Pro tip: when entering the hotel inform the doorman you’re going to the roof, that way you won’t get stuck in the elevator.
 

Westlight – Williamsburg
What: The highest rooftop bar in Williamsburg
Where: 111 N. 12th Street
 
Slated to open mid July, Westlight is located at the top of the William Vale Hotel. You’ll need to take the elevator to the 22nd floor to reach the amazing views. The bar is brought to you by Noho Hospitality, who also operates The Dutch, Locanda Verde, Bar Primi, The Library at The Public, and many more.
 

Swell Dive – Bed Stuy

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What: Philippino/Texan fusion taco joint
Where: 1013 Bedford Ave.
 
Brought to you by Brooklyn Kolache Co. owners Dennis Mendoza and Autumn Stanford, this new non-traditional taco spot pays tribute to the owner’s heritage. Mendoza is from the Phillipines, while Stanford hails from Texas. Swell is open till 2AM, perfect for late night grubbin’.
 

The Brooklyn Barge – Greenpoint
What: Floating bar with a cause
Where: 3 Milton Street
 
The Brooklyn Barge is a restaurant and bar on a floating barge. The venue isn’t just for drinks and bites. There’s also fun outdoor activities include kayaking, sailing and fishing. The venue partners with leading educational organizations in the city to provide space for environmental study of the East River, plus scientific and historic programs dedicated to building a community center in Greenpoint.
 

Sauvage – Greenpoint

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What: The “Sequel” to Maison Premier
Where: 905 Lorimer St
 
From the team that brought you Maison Premier, comes Sauvage, a French and American bistro. You can expect good things from the bar thanks to lead bartender Will Elliott (also formerly of Maison Premier), who helped curate specialty drinks, backed by over 200 spirits behind the bar.
 

Gebhard’s Beer Culture – Upper West Side

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What: Massive beer selection, blocks away from the Beacon Theater
Where: 228 W 72nd St
 
Shooting off the success of the original Beer Culture in Hell’s kitchen, Gebhard’s offers over 250+ bottled beer, 16 craft beer drafts, speciality whiskey, and a full menu till 11PM. There’s also shuffleboard and darts. What else do you need?
 

Spring 2016

Cardiff Giant – Clinton Hill

Happy hour til 7pm! And it turned into a gorgeous day! Come drink some @threesbrewing Atomic Swerve in the backyard.

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What: Robust craft beer bar offering 20 beers and 20 ciders at all times from 50 local and regional small beer producers
Where: 415 Myrtle Avenue
 
Brooklyn’s newest craft beer spot boasts a healthy seasonal rotation with both indoor and outdoor seating space. Named after one of the biggest hoaxes in American history, the Cardiff Giant is a 10 foot petrified man created by New York tobacco baron George Hull. After getting in an argument during a Methodist revival meeting, Hull (an aethiest himself) orcestrated a plan to have a petrified man mysteriously found at a well construction site. The hoax lasted several years, and although the original cost was an estimated $50K by today’s dollars, Hull sold his portion for around $430K. What a swindler!
 

Dutch Fred’s – Hell’s Kitchen

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What: Cocktails and over 24 craft beers in Hell’s Kitchen
Where: 307 West 47 Street
 
Who the heck is Dutch Fred? At the turn of the century, a veteran cop named Dutch Fred and his partner were walking near 10th Ave and 29th St when suddenly a riot breaks out. Dutch’s partner turns to him and says, “This is hell itself.” Dutch then counters with, “Hell is a milder climate. This is Hell’s Kitchen.” And the rest is history. Dutch Fred’s is brought to you by the same group behind a few other bars including Three Monkeys, Tanner Smith’s, and The Mean Fiddler.
 

Dromedary Tiki Bar – Bushwick

What: Urban inspired Tiki bar puts a twist on classic cocktails
Where: 266 Irving Ave
 
10 years ago you might never have guessed you’d walk into a bar in Bushwick and watch a bartender wearing a Hawaiian shirt mix your piña colada. Times are changing, and so is the definition of a tiki bar. Dromedary bends the boundaries a bit by throwing in some urban influence. The classic tiki drinks are mixed with new and eventful ingredients. For example, a piña colada: instead of rum, coconut, and pineapple, may consist of absinthe, blood orange, rum, and pineapple served inside of a coconut. If you’re not into tropical drinks, there’s also a selection of Kona beers and the good old’ faithful Budweiser.
 

Fresh Kills – Williamsburg

What: When a speakeasy apartment turns into a no-nonsense cocktail bar
Where: 161 Grand Street
 
The story of Fresh Kills all started in the early 1990s when the commercial property of 161 Grand Street was purchased and used as a residential apartment. At the time it was easy to get away with such meek violations, but as time moved on the original owners eventually decided to move. That’s when longtime friend and current bar owner Richard Boccato struck a deal. The once speakeasy apartment is now a legitimate cocktail bar.
 

Captain Dan’s – Bed Stuy

What: “Cheers” styled bar offering drinks in both dive bar and cocktail bar varieties, plus southern inspired bites
Where: 497 Greene Ave
 
From the folks that brought you Anchored Inn, Captain Dan’s “Good Time” Tavern offers drinks and a southern inspired food all wrapped in a lively atmosphere. This venue’s bathrooms are quite interesting, specifically the wallpaper they chose. Let’s just say if you suffer from Ornithophobia, you might want to stay away :).
 

Dirty Precious – Gowanus

What: Cozy cocktail bar offers a great selection of drinks and food
Where: 317 3rd Ave
 
The nondescript Dirty Precious is nestled across the street from two storage facilities in the heart of Gowanus. A welcome addition to the area, Dirty Precious offers a robust menu of cocktails and Sherry on tap, along with a menu filled with American bites. The dimly lit venue offers table seating in the front, followed by a long bar and finally a secret room in the rear. Thanks to the skylight, this bar brightens up during the day.
 

Midnights – Williamsburg

What: Cocktail bar/restaurant combo offers chill outdoor patio, brunch, oysters, and late night DJ’s sets
Where: 149 North 6th Street
 
Located off Bedford Ave, Midnights is a cocktail bar and restaurant with a nightlife component offering drinks and late night bites until 4AM on the weekends. When you stop by walk all the way in the back to find the backyard patio (it’s easy to miss if the door is closed). During the warmer months you can see beautiful vines crawling up the sides of the patio, offering a great escape from the crazy Bedford scene.
 

Paloma Rocket – Lower East Side

What: A beer tasting bar, where you’re your own bartender
Where: 7 Clinton Street
 
Paloma Rocket almost reminds us of a wine tasting class mixed with a modern beer hall. You start by picking your glass (there is an assortment of shapes and sizes), then pour a drink from dozens of taps. Each tap has a screen that tells you details like ingredients and ABV. One thing to note is there are no actual bartenders (and no need to tip). However, there is a knowledgeable staff that can help answer your questions (feel free to tip them). No TV’s make this place great for conversation.

Passage Irish Bar & Kitchen – Astoria

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What: Open rustic themed bar with live music and a full modern Irish/American food menu
Where: 40-11 30th Avenue
 
From the folks who brought you Cuckoo’s Nest in Woodside and Banter in Forest Hills, Passage offers over 60 varieties of Irish whiskey, along with a robust selection of drinks and Irish bites. Live music on Sundays and throughout the week complements the Irish vibe.
 

The Warren – West Village

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What: Intimate Bar and restaurant serving up an American fare, east and west coast oyster, and inviting french doors
Where: 131 Christopher St
 
The Warren offers a softly lit interior and hearty American menu consisting of steaks, cheeseboards, oysters, and more. The front of the venue is inviting thanks to the french doors that open up during nice days. Although new, Warren’s burger is already being hailed as one of the best in the West Village. Happy hour is brisk, usually lasting from 5-7PM.
 

Have a favorite we didn’t list? Feel free to drop a comment below!

 

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