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10 Cool Bars in NYC

See our picks of the coolest bars in New York. If you're looking for a different bar scene in New York City, then check out these top 10 picks of some of the best unusual Bars and Clubs to visit in the NYC area!

No Idea Bar
30 East 20th Street, NYC, 212-777-0100

Drink Free all night! If your name is on the calendar

We have not found a cooler idea yet than name night at a bar called "No Idea" Each night, they post a new name; if it's yours... you drink free from 5:00 to 11:00. Names are chosen at random. See the upcoming Name Night Calendar to see if your name is coming up! The only rules are that you must arrive with friends and you must tip the bartender. "No Idea" is actually a really good drinking bar. Be sure not to miss Puddles the one-legged bartender as an added bonus!


The Trash Bar
256 Grand St.,
Brooklyn, NY

Sit in Leather Car seats! - Free open bar from 8-9 every night

That's right, only at the Trash Bar can you take a road trip from your seat without ever leaving the bar. The Trash bar is one of the only places in NY that is known for their ripped-out car seat style seating, great collection of license plates, bikes and other truck stop kitsch. They have a relaxed environment that allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy some reasonably priced food. Trash offers free tater tots with the purchase of any drink and if you purchase admission to for the bands, you will also get to enjoy a free open bar from 8-9 every night of the week! A very cool dive bar in Brooklyn NY.



Croxley Ales
28 Avenue B,
New York, NY

Best Beer Garden in NY - Great daily specials

Smoking is permitted in the back garden! The tent-covered deck and brick patio in the back garden makes for a great backdrop to watch the games on Sunday afternoon or evening. Enjoy one of 30 different drafts or one of 60 bottled beers under the trees. Great
specials every night like the 10?WINGS from 5PM TO 1AM on Monday Nights or the $3 Bloody Marys on Sundays from 12 to 4PM.


The Pony Bar Cool Craft Beer Bars in NYC
The Pony Bar
1444 1st Ave.,
New York, NY 212-288-0090

Craft beers on tap - The best beers America has to offer! 

With two locations in New York City, The Pony Bar’s primary goal is to give visitors the best beers around. They offer a wide variety of craft beers, all available on tap, as well as Bud and Bud Light. In addition to wonderful craft beers, The Pony Bar also has a delicious menu. You will find items such as gumbo, chili, burgers, tempura and soft pretzels on their menu. With at least 20 craft beers on tap at all times, a board in their restaurant with all of the days drink specials and a full menu of food, you are sure to have a good time!

The Gutter
200 N. 14th St. near Wythe Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY

Beer and Bowling! A bar and bowling alley all wrapped into one

The Gutter is a new bar in Brooklyn with eight cool retro bowling lanes. The bar has a great retro vibe and sets the tone for a really different drinking experience. The scoring machines are not modern but are the old-style types straight out of the past. You will have a great time as you sit in awesome pleather captain's chairs at the bar and watch the bowlers. The computer controlling the bowling lanes date back at least 25 years! Hours are Monday through Thursday 4pm to 4am and Friday through Sunday 12 noon to 4am. 


Jekyll & Hyde
1409 Ave., New York, NY 212-541-9505

Spooky fun time! - Enter the chamber where the ceiling drops!

One of
 the coolest bar scenes for those that love the Macabe. While sitting in a dimly lit atmosphere you will witness the eyes moving on the pictures that hang from the walls. Goulish actors walk about and tell stories of their fate. Black and white horror films silently play from bar TV sets and Frankenstein makes an appearance from the above chambers once in a while. There is even an electric chair you can endure if you're brave enough. There are 5 floors each with its own bar area! Have a drink on each floor then witness the scariest stage show in NY for free. (Stage shows come on periodically throughout the day). Jekyll and Hyde is a Restaurant and Bar near Central Park in NYC.

Union Hall
86702 Union St. at Fifth Ave. Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Play Bocce Ball in a bar! - A 5,000 sq. ft. bar

Union Hall is a 5,000 square foot bar, restaurant and live music venue in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn. Converted from a warehouse, it offers cozy firesides, a stately library, two indoor bocce courts, outdoor garden seating, and a downstairs bar and music venue. Every third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM, you can play "Spelling and Grammer bee" where for each wrong answer, you'll have to take shots of booze. 

Pen-Top Bar 700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street, New York, NY

Views of Manhattan like no other! Rooftop Bar in NYC!

The Pen-top Bar and Terrace is a really cool, lively hotspot on the top floor of the Peninsula hotel in Manhattan NY. The awesome outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant allows dramatic, sweeping views of many of Manhattan's architectural gems from its east and west terraces. A favorite with New York's business crowd, The Pen-Top Bar & Terrace is open from 4:00 pm in the summer and from 5:00 pm in the winter. It is also available for private parties, from May to October, weather permitting.


Jazz Standard
116 E. 27th St., NY, NY



Great finger lickin Kansas city BBQ - And Live Jazz too!

The Jazz Standard presents an extraordinary lineup of world-class artists, warm hospitality, perfect sound, and comfortable seating -- and earlier sets so you can drop in after work. Open seven days a week, Jazz Standard has convenient set times, with an additional late show on the weekends. Doors open at least 45 minutes prior to the show. What better way to enjoy Jazz Standard's world-class music than with Blue Smoke's mouthwatering barbecue, voted New York's Best Barbecue by Time Out New York. Guests are welcome to drop in early so they have plenty of time to feast on delicious specialties like ribs, pulled pork, burgers, mac and cheese, deviled eggs, banana cream pie, and more, before and during the show. 



Other cool Noteworthy bars in NYC to check out

Stiff Drinks and possibly the best Bloody Mary in NY

King Cole Bar and Lounge
St. Regis Hotel
This luxurious Midtown bar is located inside the St. Regis Hotel. Small bar area but big liquor taste offering some of the stiffest drinks around. Locals say that this the place that invented the Bloody Mary. A one of a kind ambience that is worth experiencing. Drinks are on the high end here but worth the trip. Better than average food too! You might even see the rich and famous in here.

Watch the Stock Ticker while being surrounded by high End Decor

Bull and Bear Bar and Restaurant
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
The Mahogany bar is luxurious and the steaks compare to all the other high end Steakhouse's in NYC. This is a nice decadent place suited well to travelers, Celebrities and business people alike. Worth visiting at least once. The prices are on the higher end.

One of the most stylish Sports bars in NY

The 40/40 Club
6 West. 25th St., New York, NY (near Broadway) 212-989-0040
Rap star Jay-Z pulled no punches with his very chic lavish sports bar! If you want to watch the games in pure style then you really don't have any other choice in New York. Some say that the lounge styled two level club is overrated, but with a special cognac lounge and four VIP rooms that are tucked away on the second level, The 40/40 Club begs to differ. The Remy Lounge and Jay-Z's Private Room throw down 60-inch plasma screens, pool tables, leather wraparound sofas, PlayStation 2 and Xbox systems and private wait service.



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