Troy Liquor Bar gets pretty clubby once DJs start spinning, and at that point you may need to elbow past three rows of people to order at the bar (unless you have table service). But it’s actually a low-key spot to hang out earlier in the night. There are pool and foosball tables, and they offer Happy Hour everyday they're open (Weds-Sat) until 9pm.
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Le Bain is a rooftop bar above The Standard High Line with a big dance floor and fun DJ sets.
Top of The Standard
Top of The Standard is pricey, but you’ve probably seen this cocktail bar in a movie or two, and the 18th-story view is one of the best in the city.
The original Pastis closed in 2014, and now there’s a new location (also in the Meatpacking District). It isn’t as cool, but the food is still great.
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If you’re in Gowanus, and you need a normal bar that’s just a little nicer than a dive, go to Halyards. There’s a pool table and occasionally a DJ.
The Bar At Baccarat Hotel
If you need place in Midtown where you can sit under a chandelier, eat some caviar, and spend up to $450 on a cocktail, try the bar at the Baccarat.
We’re not sure what recent market research indicated that Tribeca desperately needed two more upscale bar food restaurants. With no vibe and mediocre food, the drinks aren't enough to bring us back for more.
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These days, Employees Only is not the hotspot it once was. But while the crowd might have lost a step, the cocktails have not, and it’s still packed with people every time we stop by.
Marie’s Crisis Cafe
Marie’s Crisis is a basement piano bar with cheap drinks and the opportunity to sing unlimited show tunes.
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