Great American Bar Search: NYC
A boozer’s cruise through the best watering holes in Manhattan–and Brooklyn.
Maxim is on the hunt for the country’s best watering holes. This month, a walk through our hometown, New York City. Let’s go mug…some beer!
Manhattan has beer gardens, but none wow with sheer size like this 30,000-square-foot complex in Queens. Try one of 20 drafts by the outdoor fire pit while hitting on Leah Remini look-alikes.
Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel
Something cool can happen in midtown Manhattan! This rooftop bar rocks kick-ass cocktails and super-awesome snacks. The view will blow you away, but the Kobe beef sliders will make you want to take up permanent residence.
Sixteen lanes, plush leather sofas, TVs broadcasting sports, seriously good food, and a stage for live performances that’s seen the likes of Kanye and Snoop. That’s more than some cities offer in
a whole year.
What’s better than a bar with 34 classic arcade games, such as Punch Out, Rampage, and Joust? How about a Brooklyn bar that also has an ever-changing chalkboard menu of draft beers, the occasional cask brew, and a dog-friendly policy? You’ll feel right at home.
Pass through the old-timey phone booth inside East Village hot dog shop Crif Dogs and you’re suddenly in a taxidermy-decked speakeasy that serves deep-fried wieners and radical seasonal cocktails by mastermind tender Jim Meehan.
Unspecial in the way an excellent dive should be: It has a pool table and jukebox, it’s dark enough to hide your date’s face, and best of all it’s open till 4 a.m. Who needs sleep when there are drink specials?
To see our favorites bars in other cities–including New York, Dallas, Austin, and Atlanta–check out more Great American Bar Search.