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.
Located at 959 Second Avenue in Manhattan’s Midtown East, Somm Time is a small-ish wine and cocktail bar located on a strip of Second Avenue with numerous other restaurants and bars. Somm Time opens for business at 4pm on weekdays and 11am for brunch on weekends. The non-brunch food menu mainly consists of bar bites and small plates. Somm Time is definitely worth a visit on your next Second Avenue NYC pub crawl.
Located at 11 East 31st Street atop the Arlo Nomad hotel in Manhattan’s Midtown South, The Heights is another rooftop bar with great 360-degree views around Midtown South and beyond, including the iconic Empire State Building. It’s one of the few rooftop bars that we are aware of that is open for business on a weekday afternoon. The premium mixed drinks here are named after sections of the five boroughs that have “Heights” in its name (Morningside Heights, Jackson Heights, Dyker Heights, etc.) If we had one piece of feedback, it’s that the spot seemed rather understaffed during our visit. Hopefully, that gets rectified in the weeks ahead. In all, The Heights is a great spot for any Summer NYC rooftop bar crawl.
Located at 137 West 14th Street just north of the West Village / Chelsea border, Offside Tavern is a redux of the sports bar previously occupying the space called Bunga’s Den. We had visited Bunga’s Den once a long time ago and we couldn’t tell much of a difference between Offside Tavern and its previous reincarnation. Lots of TVs spread around the space, along with a decent draught beer selection. Standard bar fare offerings with some table seating available beyond the bar area. Stop in here for a beer on your next 14th Street NYC pub crawl.
Located at 357 West 16th Street in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District / Southwest Chelsea, The Lately is the latest cocktail bar to open in the area. Having opened recently, The Lately has been getting a lot of press, so we included the spot on a recent night of NYC bar crawling. Spacious with two floors, The Lately, in addition to its cocktail draw, offers a small selection of decent craft beers. Good bar bites (try the pretzel and popcorn) along with a friendly staff. During our visit, the spot was practically empty just before prime time on a prime night. We hope that was just a one-off occurrence because if The Lately is like that on most nights, we fear The Lately might not last particularly long.
Located at 675 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, Lilly’s picks up where the old Chelsea Grill left off. Lilly’s has much more of a bar feel than Chelsea Grill, which was right on the border of the bar vs. restaurant argument. With 24 tap beers, Lilly’s has a larger beer selection than Chelsea Grill did. The space is taken up by mostly high top tables, plus some bar-style seating by the windows for some prime people watching along Ninth Avenue. In addition to weekend brunch, the food menu consists of a mix of upscale bar and bistro fare. We look forward to returning here on our next NYC beer bar crawl through the nabe.
Located at 190 West Fourth Street in Manhattan’s West Village, The Spaniard (though not really Spanish) is a Gastropub / Whiskey Bar from the same owners as nearby bar Wilfie & Nell. The Spaniard is set in the old Boxer’s space. While The Spaniard’s general layout is the same as Boxer’s, the dive-y feel of Boxer’s is long gone. Generous window seating for people watching at the corner of Barrow and West Fourth Streets. In addition to the notable Whiskey selection, the craft-beer includes several delicious options. For a bar snack, try the Buffalo duck wings! We look forward to returning here on our next NYC bar crawl through the neighborhood.