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!

1 p.m.

Studio Square

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.

4 p.m.

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.

6 p.m.

Brooklyn Bowl

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.

9 p.m


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.

11 p.m.


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.

1 a.m.

Cherry Tavern

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.