One of the best things about going out in New York City is that no matter your mood, there’s always a new place to hang out or an exciting thing to do. And going out doesn’t always mean a Michelin-starred restaurant or hip nightclub. There are times when nothing sounds better than enjoying a glass of wine in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Whether you’re catching up with friends or looking for a chill place on date night, try any of these cozy bars in NYC.
Ear Inn, 326 Spring St
Tucked at the end of Spring Street near the Hudson River, the Ear Inn has been serving alcohol since 1817. You come here for the drinks, but stay for the hospitality. The interior is quaint and marked with vintage lighting, walls lined with antique signs and photographs, and a dusty collection of tchotchkes over the bar. The food is not bad here either – the Ear burger is regularly voted one of the best in NYC.
Art Bar, 52 8th Ave
For the past 20 years, Art Bar has been a destination where locals come to hang out and tourists come to experience the city’s eclectic spirit. Located in the West Village, this lounge and restaurant is divided into two sections. The front bar’s atmosphere is upbeat and social. For a quiet escape, head to the back living room where you can sink into an overstuffed couch and sip your drink next to the fireplace and appreciate work by local artists.
Dear Irving, 55 Irving Place
Inspired by Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, this beautiful cocktail parlor lets you travel back in time through each of its four rooms inspired by different historical eras. Created by the folks behind Raines Law Room, Dear Irving dazzles with an ambiance that is warm and intimate, perfect for savoring cocktails with names like Night Café and Deacon Blues. Once you’ve finished your drink, press the buzzer at your table – it’s hooked up to the bar – and a server will come your way.
Hotel Delmano, 82 Berry St, Brooklyn
If you’re searching for a romantic spot to sip classic libations, head to Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg. Here, it’s all in the details – a curved marble bar, elegant lighting, dark wood, and a suspender-clad staff pay homage to the speakeasy era. The stylish interior extends to intimate backrooms where you can unwind with your drink, and sample the raw bar and menu of small plates including charcuterie.
Mosaic, 25-19 24th Ave, Queens
Don’t let the opulent interior of plush, velvet seating, fancy chandeliers, and antique furnishings fool you. Astoria’s Mosaic is a lounge-inspired bar designed to make all guests feel right at home. In addition to an inventive cocktail menu, you’ll find an extensive offering of craft beer and wine. And the food deserves a mention too. Enjoy your ale with Bavarian pretzel sticks, or pair your pinot noir with an artisan cheese and meat plate.
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