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Top five bars in New York City

New York is a haven for drinkers with watering holes on every corner. But where should you look out for on your next trip to The Big Apple.

t.b.d Brooklyn

Known as the bar where “Brooklyn comes to chill” the bar acts as an East River escape for those feeling a little claustrophobic among New York’s plethora of sky scrapers. Blessed with a stunning back yard drinking spot littered with fairy lights and picnic tables, the bar remains open until the early hours (2am) and won’t break the bank. Beers are priced from $5 and cocktail from $10.

Singlecut Beer

To the north in Astoria, Singlecut Beersmiths maintains its home. One of Queens’ first craft breweries and has had its doors open since the 1950s and has a taproom open from Thursday to Saturday and until 9pm on Sunday. Bar food is often on the menu with hotdogs, pretzels, pickles and cheese boards being served. Live bands are a frequent sight, too, giving the place a more down home feel than most places.

Bowlmor Lanes

Based near Times Square, Bowlmore represents a more active approach to whetting your whistle. The original Bowlmor has maintained a presence in the city since 1938 and after a period of neglect the brand was resurrected in the 1990s and now boasts some stunning settings in two locations. Combining drinking with more wholesome fun, it’s the ideal location for those looking to do something other than sit around while they get a drink.

Cafe Wha?

The Greenwich Village venue is still going strong and is more synonymous with live music than the drinks scene. Having hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen, you’ll sure be in prestigious company. Still privy to an appearance and impromptu set from musicians it is a must see from everyone making their way to the city.

Macao NYC

For those hoping to bump into a celebrity, there can be no going wrong at the Macao Trading Company. Famous faces are de rigueur at Macao, though the prices will reflect the status of the clientele with the cheapest glass of sparkling wine running for $11. However, with a gorgeous decor inspired by a 1930s bordello and some seriously good cocktails on the menu, it’s well worth your time and money.

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