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Posted: Nov 02, 2021
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By: Sara Kahn

Ultimate Fall Bars: Coziest Ambiance and Drinks in NYC

  • bars
  • bars nyc
  • nyc
  • nyc area
  • Fall
  • autumn
  • cozy bars

Dim lighting, crackling fireplaces, soft jazz, seasonal drinks, hushed whispers...these are our favorite fall bars.

01

Velvet Brooklyn Lounge

174 Broadway (at Driggs Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11211

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This Williamsburg lounge is draped head-to-toe in brick and velvet and feels like the perfect in between of a speakeasy and a coffee shop. Add live jazz to the mix, and you've got a perfect backdrop for an evening of romance, darling. Grab a cocktail in the front bar and head through the velvet curtains where velvet sofas await your arrival and cigar smoke fills the air. Yes, this is also a cigar bar so if you’re in the mood for a stogie, we recommend the Dominican/Cuban Hemingway Dark or Nicaraguan Sungrown.

02

The Dead Rabbit

30 Water St (btwn Broad St & Coenties Slip), New York, NY 10004

The Dead Rabbit

The Dead Rabbit is not just an Irish pub; it's a sprawling, three-floored building with incredible cocktails and service. The ground floor taproom offers an unpretentious space for craft beers, whiskey, delicious food, and a weekly Sunday roast. Upstairs is an intimate cocktail parlour, the perfect extension of the taproom downstairs.

03

Garfunkel's

67 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Garfunkel's

67 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

We love a bar with a kitschy theme inspired by a true story. Garfunkel's is just that. This speakeasy got its name from the infamous bankers-turned-fugitives duo, Garfunkel and Tauster, who actually operated their illegal ring in this very location. The vault door entry pays proper homage to its criminal roots and will make you feel like you're in a live game of Clue. This spot is also a nice respite from the typical LES crowd (read: college students looking to rage). The vibe here is more chill, upscale, and older, which makes it the perfect place to relax and indulge in a seriously good craft cocktail (or three).

04

Banzarbar

191 Chrystie St Apt 2F, New York, NY 10002

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For all the businesses located in Freeman's Alley, there's already a sort of 'If you know, you know' attitude. Banzarbar, which is hidden within a restaurant (Freemans) within that alley, takes that mentality to a new level. Located on Freemans second floor exists a tiny little bar which, if you're not looking for, you'll totally miss. It's small and intimate (the only seats are at the bar), and its clandestine nature plays into the appeal. It's a perfect date spot to impress you S.O. with all your fave lesser-known nooks and crannies of the city.

05

The Rum House

228 W 47th St (btwn 8th Ave & Broadway), New York, NY 10036

The Rum House

Rum House doesn't feel like it's set in the middle of Times Square. Rather, the bar gives off a cool, downtown vibe whilst maintaining some of that old school feel that once gave Times Square its edge and character. The lighting is dim and sexy, and the old world copper and wood decor coupled with the bustling sounds of midtown give this place an allure that's hard to resist. Start your evening here, or end it here with a nightcap; either way, you'll feel like Don Draper.

06

The Back Room

248 McKibbin St (White St), New York, NY 11206, United States

The Back Room

248 McKibbin St (White St), New York, NY 11206, United States

There’s plenty of speakeasies in NYC to choose from, but authentic ones are a little more difficult to come by these days. The Back Room is one of the rare originals that remains today in NYC. To come in, you’ll first have to find the alleyway and brave the seemingly sketchy walk down. But once inside, you’ll be transported to a world of yesteryear. The bar, which operated in secrecy during the actual Prohibition Era, remains true to its history. Drinks are still served in tea cups, and the interior looks more like someone’s cozy, chic living room rather than a bar. If you can snag the ever-coveted spot by the fireplace, you’re golden for the night.

07

Fine & Rare

9 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016

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Fine & Rare refers to the fine food and rare spirits that it serves. But this Midtown spot is more than its menu; the space is also impeccably designed and exudes an opulent, old-timey aesthetic. With live jazz every night performed on an intimate stage, art deco wall decor, vintage teller windows sourced from the neighboring Grand Central Station, and a grand fireplace, this is a place where one goes to get a taste of luxury and escape the mundance... even if only for one night.

08

Dear Irving on Hudson

310 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Dear Irving on Hudson

Embracing the scenery of Midtown with New York-inspired cocktails, Dear Irving on Hudson identifies its cocktail menu as an "Ode to the Empire State." With sweeping views of Gotham, it's the highest open-air hotel bar and lounge. You'll really feel VIP with its James Bond-inspired decor. Plus, all of the drinks are created with local spirits.

09

McSorley's Old Ale House

15 E 7th St (btwn Cooper Sq & 3rd Ave), New York, NY 10003

McSorley's Old Ale House

15 E 7th St (btwn Cooper Sq & 3rd Ave), New York, NY 10003

As the oldest bar in the city, McSorley's is still going strong for a reason: it's truly a good hang. The place is unpretentious, and historically authentic - complete with memorabilia on the walls, as well as dust and grime that have settled in through the years. The two choices between light and dark beer make your life easier in the end, so you can spend more time relaxing and socializing.

10

Pouring Ribbons

225 Avenue B Fl 2 (btwn 13th & 14th St), New York, NY 10009

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Pouring Ribbons is an underrated little gem. Located on Avenue B, the bar may seem a little out of the way for some, but that’s exactly what has secured it as a neighborhood staple. The space maintains a door policy, ensuring that whoever is inside is guaranteed a seat, keeping the claustrophobia that other bars tend to prompt at bay here. The bar switches it up every six months or so with a rotating menu that is themed, such as their past Silk Road theme that combined the exotic spice flavors of the trade route across Europe and Asia. Each drink comes with a story, that is then perfectly paired with a matching glass, garnish, napkins, et al to fully complete the experience and make it something altogether unique.

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