Tribeca is full of lots of things: babies, bankers, banks, tourists trying to get photos of Taylor Swift - all of which may lead you to want a drink. This isn’t exactly a hardcore nightlife neighborhood, but there are plenty of good spots, whether you want a fancy cocktail cocktail bar, a sake bar, a wine bar, a new bar pretending to be an old dive bar, or an actual old dive bar. You’ll find all of those and more below.
When someone asks us for a Tribeca bar recommendation, Weather Up is usually the first place we recommend. It’s always busy but never crowded, they do nice cocktails, and there’s an $1 oyster happy hour from 5-7pm (as well as some other small plates like burrata and beef tartare). If you’re going on a first date in Tribeca, this is where you’re going.
Do you need to avoid Weather Up for some reason? Maybe you went there on a date with your ex and feel weird about it now. Maybe you spilled a glass of wine on the bartender. Maybe you clogged their toilet. Who knows. Fortunately, there’s another nice cocktail bar around the corner called The Bennett. They have some interesting snacks here, like beef jerky, and there’s a button you can press to call your waiter over.
In the fictional Tribeca Bar Awards, Anotherroom would easily win the award for Darkest Bar. That’s not a metaphor for saying this is a place you should write sad poems and drink away your sorrows. It’s just really dark in here. But if you’re into craft beer, it’s one of the best places for a relaxed drink in the neighborhood. Just know they only serve wine and beer.
Puffy’s Tavern is the kind of neighborhood bar they would hang out at on a Fox sitcom. It’s not a dive bar that smells like feet, but it’s also not the kind of place where you order an Old Fashioned. Come here for a light beer or a well drink and possibly watch sports. Also, they somewhat inexplicably serve fantastic Italian sandwiches from Alidoro from 12-5pm.
Belle Reve looks like it’s been around forever, thanks to all the old signs on the walls, but it’s actually been around since 2015. In the early evening, this is a pretty good place to drink a vodka soda around people who work at nearby ad agencies. Stay a little later and things really start happening. For reasons unknown, Belle Reve manages to attract situations like a bunch of middle-aged couples wearing motorcycle jackets taking shots and partying at midnight on a Wednesday. Don’t ask - just join in.
This is a cool little sake bar that’s barely marked, so it tends to attract an in-the-know crowd. There’s a big sake selection with bottles from all over Japan, and a numbered map drawn of the country on one wall to help you navigate where different options come from. You’ll also find some surprisingly good small plates like sashimi or little rice bowls or fried chicken. This place is very low key, but it’s a great alternative when you want neither a fancy cocktail nor a loud, crowded bar. There’s also an unaffiliated cocktail bar called B Flat located right below, but that place has always had a weird piano bar vibe to us. Stick to Shigure.
Terroir used to have a few locations throughout the city, and was one of the city’s best wine bars for a while. Today, there’s only a Tribeca location and a seasonal one on the Highline. Fortunately, the Tribeca one is still great. There’s a big wine list that’s also full of essays and entertaining rants, and a pretty good food menu as well. The after-work crowd gets a little suit-y (it’s right down the block from Citigroup HQ, so…), but it’s more neighborhood-y on the weekends.
Looking for an Irish pub/dive bar with shuffleboard tables, a graffitied bathroom, and fairly cheap drinks? That’s Nancy Whiskey Pub for you.