Located at 50 Bowery atop the 50 Bowery Hotel, The Crown is a new rooftop bar for Lower Manhattan with amazing views of Midtown, downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. We got the feeling that the door may be a little difficult late at night, so it’s probably better to visit here during happy hour (the bar opens for business daily at 5pm). It’s a great spot. Though keep in mind, as with the case with numerous NYC rooftop hotel bars, since the drinks aren’t cheap, remember that you’re paying for the view as well.
Located at 216 Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn, atop the Aloft Hotel, Kimoto Rooftop is a rooftop garden lounge with great views of Brooklyn and New York Harbor. This is a spot we’ve been wanting to check out for quite a while. We suggest coming on a weekday afternoon before the summer is over. During our brief visit, we got the feeling that the place might possess a tough door on a weekend night. Anyway, lots of craft-beer and cocktails to choose from plus the friendly staff make this Kimoto Rooftop a must-see.
Be sure to stop in at Goldie’s and Diamond Lil. Goldie’s is located at 195 Nassau Ave and Diamond Lil (not to be confused with the beer bar The Diamond on nearby Franklin Street) is just a few doors west at 179 Nassau Avenue. Both spots are recently-opened neighborhood bars with great cocktails and craftbeer. Both possess small backyards for outdoor drinking in the warm weather. We look forward to returning to both establishments on our next NYC pub crawl through Greenpoint.
Located at 88 Roebling Street in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, Denizen is part restaurant/part bar and a great addition to North Side. The main drink focus here is wine, with nearly two dozen wines by the glass and dozens more by the bottle. Also, a few craftbeers and ciders are available. For food, try Nicky’s grilled cheese sandwich!
Located at 942 Grand Street in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg, Interboro spirits and ales is (likely) Brooklyn’s only Brewery/Distillery. Offering at least a dozen beers brewed onsite, Interboro serves tap beer in four ounce taster sizes as well as the standard 12 or 16 ounce pours. Patrons can see the brewing equipment thru the large floor to ceiling windows in the smallish tasting room. This spot is a tad out of the way, but well worth a visit.
Located at 1159 First Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Milk & Hops opened its third Manhattan location earlier this year (adding to its downtown locations in Greenwich Village and Chelsea). This uptown location of the hybrid beer-cheese shop/beer bar offers about a dozen rather hard-to-find domestic craft-beers. Add this spot on your next craft-beer NYC bar crawl through the neighborhood.
Located at 1154 First Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, The Spotted Dog picks up where the Honky Tonk Tavern left off. The Spotted Dog is basically a neighborhood bar with some decent pub grub, draught craft beers and a large dining area just past the bar. The staff is friendly. Be sure to include The Spotted Dog on your next NYC pub crawl through the neighborhood.
Located at 47-02 Vernon Blvd in LIC, Queens, Gantry Bar is a neighborhood spot specializing in whiskey and other amber-colored liquids. Even though it’s fairly new to the nabe, the space feels as though it’s been around for decades. Eighteen draft beers round out the liquid offerings here. Food menu is best described as upscale bar or bistro fare. Stop in here on your next NYC pub crawl through the nabe.
Located at 10-22 46th Ave in a former taxi garage in LIC, Queens, The Gutter brings its retro 1970s bar and bowling alley north of the Newtown creek with a new location to add to the Williamsburg spot. More spacious than it’s Brooklyn location, the Gutter LIC offers 20 tap beers, a lot of seating and some pinball machines. The bowling alley is up half a flight of stairs in the back of the space and has eight lanes. Add in the Friendly staff and this place is a must-visit for LIC NYC craft beer bar crawl.
Located at 156 east 47th street in Manhattan’s Midtown East, Allora Alto is a recently opened rooftop bar atop the Bernic Hotel. One of the smaller rooftop bars that we’ve visited, Allora Alto offers niche views of midtown east (a view looking west along 47th street is provided below), particularly the Chrysler building just to the south. It’s opens for business at noon daily, so if you need a quick break from the office and you’re sick of Starbucks, head over to Allora Alto.