The Best Bars for Drinks in the West Village

The Best Bars for Drinks in the West Village

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The West Village has some of the most diverse drinking options in all of NYC. Check out our list of recommended spots to grab a drink in the West Village.

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1. Anfora

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What: Exotic Wine, delicious tapas & cheese platters
Where: 34 8th Ave, New York
Anfora’s very name is an homage and tribute to the ancient Amphorae, clay vessels used to store and transport wine in ancient Rome. It should come as little surprise, then, that Anfora is one of the finest wine bars in West Village.

Expect to find wines from Italy, Austria, Lebanon and Slovenia, and the charcuterie and cheeses on offer are also sure to please. Along with the fine wine and delectable food, quality cocktails and an excellent happy hour make Anfora a perfect date spot for wine aficionados.


2. The Otheroom

What: Dimly lit, intimate dating spot
Where: 143 Perry St, New York
The Otheroom will place you in a dark, cozy room alongside West Village locals — the ambiance is perfect for a date night with someone you don’t mind being close & cozy with… Most of the seating is on long couches with some bar & table seating available. The menu boasts its beer and fine wine selection with a draft menu that changes weekly. While this is not the spot for those looking for a liquor and cocktail fix, it is a great choice for West Village denizens looking for ambience quality wines in equal measure.

3. Daddy-O

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What: Whiskey, over 500 options of whiskey
Where: 44 Bedford St, New York
Daddy-O is not only the best whiskey bar in West Village, it may well be the best whiskey bar in all of New York. Expanding off a usually limited selection of top-flight whiskey bars, Daddy-O simply provides over 500 hand-picked whiskeys. From hard to find blends to tried-and-true staples, you will find the best whiskeys in a laid-back environment.

If whiskey is not your thing, Daddy-O throws in craft beers, specialty cocktails and some of the best tater tots in the city.


4. Arthur’s Tavern

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What: Cash only cocktails & nightly live jazz performances
Where: 57 Grove St, New York
Music lovers will find a lively mixture of jazz, bebop & blues music nearly every night of the week at Arthur’s Tavern. If you want to catch the one-of-a-kind blues singer Georgia Brown, however, you will need to show up on Thursdays and Fridays.

Along with the music, Arthur’s boasts a rich history observable in the decor, so soak it in and order another round at one of NYC’s most historic live music bars.


5. Wilfie & Nell

What: Young professionals going on dates and mingling with friends
Where: 228 West 4th Street, New York
Wilfie & Nell may not offer an unlimited boozy brunch menu, they do serve up is some amazing brunch cocktails and food. Grab a Spicy Bloody Mary or start your morning off with an Irish Coffee — the drinks and good vibes are definitely this bars main attraction but the food here will also leave you wanting more — you really can’t go wrong with a menu crafted by Momofuku alumni Joaquin Baca.

The layout inside Wilfie & Nell is rustic but modern, filled with exposed brick, dark woods and leather. There’s nothing stopping this bar from being a great date spot or group outing for young professionals in the area (20-30s).


6. Bar Sardine

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What: Amazing burgers, seafood & sophisticated cocktail parings
Where: 183 W 10th St, New York
Bar Sardine is equal parts exquisite food and inventive cocktails, with a bar placed in the center of the restaurant. Match your wine, beer or unique cocktail with some truly standout culinary delights. Based on their Instagram, it looks like their staff are truly standout people as well and seem to pair with everyone.

The Fedora Burger is a lunch and dinner favorite, and the Seared Dorade is a popular seafood dish, among many others. As such, this West Village gastro pub is a great place to stop by when you have a healthy appetite to go along with your desire for a good drink.


7. Hudson Hound

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What: Local beers at a homey Irish Pub
Where: 575 Hudson St, New York
Irish bars are something of a New York City staple, meaning an Irish bar has to be truly special to separate itself from the competition. Hudson is just that, thanks to its upscale kitchen that brings contemporary touches to traditional Irish dishes. The fresh and innovative Irish food is paired with local craft brews provided by 14 breweries throughout New York State.

Get toasty and take back a Guinness next to the fireplace or have a seat by the bar. If you haven’t found a great Irish bar to call home in the city, pay a visit to one of the best Irish pubs in the neighborhood.


8. Johnny’s Bar

Late night haunts.

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What: Cheap dive drinks
Where: 90 Greenwich Ave #A, New York
No list of neighborhood drinking haunts is complete without a good dive bar. Johnny’s Bar fills that vacuum, serving as one of the best West Village dive bars. The cheap beer, oversized jukebox and Shots of the Day all serve as clear indicators that this is a bona fide dive bar worthy of your hard-earned dollars.

There’s nothing fancy at Johnny’s, but a quality dive wouldn’t have it any other way. The quality prices, cozy atmosphere and reliable, strong drinks will have you visiting Johnny time and again.


9. The Village Tavern

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What: Crowded but fun sports bar
Where: 46 Bedford St, New York
NYC loves its sports, and Village Tavern is one of the best bars in the West Village to watch the big game. A modest selection of craft beers, video games and large screens for sports viewing make The Village Tavern a sports viewing destination in the area. This bar has a mix of good and bad reviews online, mainly due to how crowded & wild it gets on the weekends or popular game nights — even so, they serve drinks at good prices and like to have fun. Give them a try if you’re down to mingle in the crowd.

The bar has all the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL sports packages, ensuring you can catch any game you have your eye on.


10. Upright Brew House

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What: Craft beer & coffee
Where: 547 Hudson St, New York
For those who love their java and craft beer in almost-equal measure, the Upright Brew House is worthy of a visit. The bar doubles as a coffeehouse and craft beer bar, making it the perfect spot to visit for your morning jolt or your evening adventure.

Given its balance between coffee and beer/wine, expect reliable food options to enjoy from brunch through dinner.


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