You don’t need us to tell you how many bars there are in East Village. Whether your goal is casual drinks or rowdy party time, this neighborhood has you covered. But sometimes, it’s nice to try something new - especially if it’s a bar that’s actually worthy of getting off the couch and putting on pants for. Stick to this list, and you’ll be well on your way to a great night out at a new spot in the East Village. For more drinking options check out The Most Fun Bars In NYC and The NYC Bar Hit List.
If you walk the perimeter of Tompkins Square Park on a nice night, you’ll notice that getting drunk in the East Village is still very much an NYC pastime for a select group. For those looking to initiate themselves into that group (even just for a night), we’d suggest heading to this cocktail bar that opened in the spring of 2020 on East 6th Street between A and B. The Pineapple Club sticks pretty close to its tropical theme, which means you should come here expecting to drink colorful rum drinks. In addition to a greenhouse-like indoor area, Pineapple Club has a sidewalk patio that’s always busy on weekends.
There are a lot of reasons you might want to learn about sake. Maybe you’re looking to stock your liquor cabinet with something other than vodka, or you need a new hobby after a disagreement with a referee in your dodgeball league. Thankfully, you can sip and learn about sake at this brand new bar on Avenue C in Alphabet City (that took over the Lois space). Accidental Bar’s mission is to teach New Yorkers about sake in the same way they might learn about wine from a tasting, but in a casual and fun atmosphere. Their sake list is handwritten, scribbled with descriptions like “Paloma vibes” or “Summer BBQ creamed corn,” and all of the food on the short menu is meant to bring out different tastes in your beverage.
There aren’t a lot of rooftop bars in this city where we actually like to spend our time, but The Ready is one of the few exceptions. This massive spot above The Moxy Hotel East Village has a spaced-out seating area where you can hang out with a date or a small group under a galaxy of twinkling lights. They’ve got a few different tacos on the menu and some canned wine, but you’re really here for the frozen drinks - especially the ”Watermelon Sugar” which has Red Bull, tequila, and lime. If you’re the kind of person who only ventured to rooftop bars if you were guaranteed ample personal space (even prior to the pandemic), this is the spot for you.
When a vegan wine bar serving Italian food makes perfectly al dente pasta and pine nut ricotta-covered carta di musica, we want to tell everybody we know about it. That’s why we’re writing about Soda Club in the East Village. In addition to a large wine list featuring different orange bottles and chilled reds by the glass, the pasta dishes - including the simple standout bucatini arrabiata with focaccia breadcrumbs - are some of the most properly cooked we’ve had in a long time. This place now has a permanent spot in our date-night rotation, since nothing says romance like sitting in a velvet chair over a glass of wine and some pasta.