New York City is known for its nightlife. From clubs to restaurants to shows, the City That Never Sleeps has the best of the best when it comes to nighttime activities. Luckily when it comes to bars, this city doesn’t skimp either. New York has some of the funkiest bars in the Tristate area, including theme bars and speakeasies. And since this is New York, you’ll also find bars with great views and creative cocktails.

The Way Station

Fans of the cult classic TV show “Dr. Who” can’t get enough of this low-key bar in Brooklyn that features none other than a bathroom decorated as a tardis. If you’re not a fan of British television, you can still get your kicks here; the bar features blues, jazz and blue grass music on any given night. They’ve even hosted a band that specializes in murder ballads.

Zombie Hut

Tiki bars are all the rage. Zombie Hut delivers on all the major tiki bar selling points. Drinks in coconuts? Check. Little paper umbrellas? Check. Expansive outdoor area? Check. 

Le Bourdoir

This Marie Antoinette-themed bar is modeled after a stylized idea of what the famed queen’s bedroom might have looked like — if it were a bar in Brooklyn. This dimly lit bar features lush tapestries, crushed velvet upholstery and fancy glassware. The cocktail menu includes drinks with names like Dauphine and Axel von Fersen. There’s even live music on Mondays. 

Jekyll and Hyde

This themed bar is one of the spookiest in the city. While parents might be tempted to bring their kids inside, it’s not exactly kid friendly. While you eat, ghosts, goblins and skeletons will approach your table and transport you into the story. The menu includes drinks with names like Bermuda Triangle, Death by Poison and Alter Ego. 

Sake Bar Decibel

If you’re looking for a more grown-up experience, head to Sake Bar Decibel in the East Village. Located in the basement of a sushi house, Decibel features cocktails crafted with hard-to-find sake. The walls are plastered with graffiti and Japanese memorabilia. You can even nosh on a few snacks, like soba salad, edamame and takowasa while you sip your drink.

Blind Barber

Barber shop by day and speakeasy by night, the Blind Barber is the ultimate hipster experience. While this speakeasy and working front shop have expanded into several locations around the city, the East Village Location is the flagship location. 

Thirsty visitors head to the Blind Barber at equal measure for both drinks and haircuts. During the day, you can even sip on a libation while your barber trims your beard. At night, the back room serves creative pizzas, made with fresh ingredients.

Bemelmans Bar

The Bemelmans Bar is nearly as famous as New York itself amongst Upper East Siders. Situated in the lobby of the Carlyle Hotel, the drinks at this bar are as pricey as you might think. You’ll throw down at least $14 for a glass of wine or a cocktail here, but the price of admission is worth it. The walls are covered with murals by the famous Ludwig Bemelman (who also illustrated the Madeline books). Famous neighborhood residents have been known to drop by for an impromptu jazz jam sesh. 

Algonquin Hotel Bar (Blue Bar)

Though the bar is now eternally ensconced in an iridescent blue light, the Blue Bar at the Algonquin Hotel has been famous for nearly as long as the Algonquin has been open. Once frequented by famous writers, such as Dorothy Parker, the bar was the meeting spot for the Algonquin Round Table — a group of local writers, critics and actors.

Today the bar still serves classic cocktails to thirsty travelers. The hotel is also home to a resident cat, whom you might see wandering around the corridors or the bar.

Trinity Place Bar and Restaurant

Only in New York City will you find a bar housed in the vault of an old bank (commissioned by Andrew Carnegie). Thanks to its location adjacent to Wall Street, you’ll find plenty of day traders here on any given day. Before heading inside the dark bar, make sure to take plenty of photos with the bank vault door.

Menu items include a duo of tartare, oysters, onion tart and charcuterie and cheese plates. Sit at the bar, and you’ll nosh on pulled pork sliders, mini Kobe cheese burgers and pigs in a blanket.

Bar SixtyFive

Bar SixtyFive is the place New Yorkers don’t want you to find out about. Located above the Rainbow Room, this bar is situated only one floor beneath Top of the Rock’s main observation deck. The cost? Bar SixtyFive is free to visit, but you’ll need to purchase at least one drink (valued at $15 to $25). Compared to the $35 ticket to Top of the Rock? We don’t need to do the maths for you to know it’s a bargain.

New York City has so many funky bars, you don’t need to bother yourself with a drab drinking option ever again. Visit one or all of these bars to keep your Instagram feed as full and interesting as your NYC itinerary. 

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