Are you seeking the top bars in New York’s Lower East Side? Then have a look at my top picks here! Because we’ll take you to some of New York’s trendiest speakeasy bars, pubs, wine bars, and tiny venues.
CloudM Bowery, New York
The cloudM Rooftop Bar is, in my opinion, one of the gorgeous rooftop bars in New York, not just on the Lower East Side. It’s on the roof of the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel and has everything a good rooftop bar should have: a terrific view, stunning décor, and a laid-back vibe.
Fools Gold has a fantastic beer and whiskey selection and some bar food that is far better than it has to be. Use Fools Gold to satisfy everyone in your company, from beer nerds to the two buddies who still insist on going to Piano’s every weekend. For everyone else, Fools Gold is in the ideal location on the LES/East Village border, so your crawl options are unlimited.
Copper and Oak
Cooper and Oak is where we, whiskey connoisseurs, lost our hearts. The bartenders are the same ones that work at the Brandy Library in Tribeca. The bar, like there, is always crowded.
It’s no surprise that the bar isn’t particularly large or attractive. It is one of the most beautiful bars for us, with shelves stocked with whiskeys, rum, and other spirits instead of books, an illuminated bar, and incredibly wonderful bar cuisine!
Mr. Purple is a New York City rooftop bar. It is located on the 15th floor. It offers panoramic views, creative cocktails, locally produced food, and handcrafted coffee from local merchants. Enjoy the infamous Lower East Side grit and glitz, from the loft-style indoor bar to the reclaimed wood and free-hanging lights on the terrace.
The bartenders are one of the bar’s specialties: because there is no cocktail menu, you simply tell the bartender what you want and in which direction you want the cocktail to go, and the bartender will create your cocktail. The bar isn’t cheap, but it’s well worth it; otherwise, it wouldn’t have made the top 20 greatest bars in the world list.
The subject is famous for their “Thyme Lasts Forever” cocktail (delicious) made with gin, thyme, and kiwi, but it’s the Negroni that put them on my best list (it wasn’t on the menu). If you want to take a drink-based holiday to Italy, Subject is the place to go. Simply incredible.
The Back Room
The Back Room is one of only two speakeasies in New York City that still exists today and functioned throughout Prohibition. It’s a classic representation of New York’s previous underbelly. Many theatre and cinema actors of the “Roaring Twenties,” and notable gangsters of the time frequented the original 1920s speakeasy, known simply as “The Back of Ratner’s.” Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano, and Meyer Lansky were among the gangsters involved. They were known to hold “business meetings” in the space.
The DL (Delancey & Ludlow)
The DL is a great place to visit at any time of year: if the weather isn’t cooperating, there’s a lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows where you can view the Lower East Side cityscape. It’s only the third-floor roof, but it feels much higher.
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