The Village has more bars than any other neighborhood in New York City, so it can be a sobering task just finding the right bar. But there’s a reason why we love the Village for drinking. You can always find live music, great conversation and cheap drinks. Here’s the 212Access list of the Top-10 bars in the Village that meet that heightened criteria.
Bleecker Street Bar: (56 Bleecker Street at Lafayette) Located on Bleecker Street, this bar is filled with local workers sitting on high stools hanging out having a good time. There is something for everyone whether it is playing darts or shooting pool. They also have 9 flat screen TV’s and a jukebox playing the latest hits. When filled with beer, you can go to the vending machine filled with snacks to satisfy your hunger. Don’t forget to check out their drink specials: $4.50 24 oz. Budweiser, Bud Light and Yuengling; $5 well drinks.
Death & Co.: (433 East 6th Street) You won’t find the grim reaper hanging out in this bar, despite the dark name. The drinks are killer and martinis are served in a 6-ounce glass, giving it the lustrous name. The décor is dark and mysterious with black granite tables and crystal chandeliers. They have all different kinds of drinks from gin to tequila. Great spot if you’re looking for a dive bar with character.
Billy’s Hurricane: (25 Avenue B) If you are looking to have a night you can’t remember, this may be the place for you. This “bourbon street inspired bar” on Avenue B may feel like a frat house, but I assure you that it is just a great place to watch sports. They have different activities for everyone including beer pong & flip cup, wii bowling, wheel o’ shots, and Lady Gaga look alike contests just to name a few. Tunes play in the background from all different eras. Check out their happy hour: Mon-Fri, 5pm-10pm; $1 Coors Light, $2 PBR and Miller Light, $3 Miller High Life, $4 well drinks, $5 Import Draft Beer, $6 Small Hurricanes and Sweet Tea Sat-Sun, noon-8pm; $1 Coors Light, $2 PBR and Miller Light, $3 Miller High Life, $4 well drinks, $5 Import Draft Beer, $6 Small Hurricanes and Sweet Tea.
Cellar 58 Wine Bar: (58 Second Avenue on 3rd Street) The Cellar 58 wine cellar is filled with wines from around the world –hundreds of them. And every Tuesday and Wednesday, they have live music. The waiters make you feel like you are a part of royalty here, even though you are in the casual East Village. Cellar 58 runs all kinds of different happy hour specials, starting at 5pm, so if you arrive after work, make sure you ask the bartender about their specials.
Angel’s Share: (8 Stuyvesant Street) Looks are deceiving here. This local parlor is hidden inside a Japanese restaurant. You can enjoy the view from the open window and take in the draconian attitude. You can also enjoy some great Japanese bar snacks.
Bar on A: (11th Street and Avenue A) Okay, this is technically more of Alphabet City, but it still emits casual, sexy Village Vibe. The bar has a cool décor; with multiple ceiling fans and snakeskin stools adding a Southeast Asian feel to it. The food here is more creative than their name, from edamame to nachos. You can also find a band as the bar’s entertainment. Check out their happy hour: Mon-Fri, 3pm-8pm; half-off draft beer, well drinks, and wine Sat-Sun, 1pm-8pm; half-off draft beer, well drinks, and wine.
13th Step: (9th Street and 2nd Avenue) Sure, it’s a laid-back sports bar, but it’s more than just TVs. They board games, beer pong, flat screen TV’s, and a menu full of your favorite greasy foods. They have various options of beer on draft. And who can top this happy hour: Mon-Fri, 11:30am-8pm; All bar is half off.
Heathers: (506 East 13th Street) Again, it’s Alphabet City, but this newly opened bar on 13th street is worth a mention with its cool vibe and artistic décor. The plain white walls are now filled with subway tiles, the ceiling is made of tin, and the seats look like they are from a seventies grade school. You will always hear music playing in the background as you drink from a selection of draft and bottled beers. Happy hour consists of: Mon-Wed, Sun, 6pm-9pm; two-for-one drafts, well drinks and wine Fri-Sat, 4pm-8pm; two-for-one drafts, well drinks and wine.
Simone Martini Bar: (134 First Avenue at 8th Street) This eccentric bar on 1st Avenue has some funky décor; from Asian print wallpaper to crystal chandeliers, this place is different from any other wine and espresso bar in the city. This is a great place for couples. You can feel the romantic vibe as soon as you walk through the door. Besides great drinks, they also have great food such as sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Happy Hour: Mon-Thu, Sun, 2pm-7pm; $3 drafts, $4 well drinks and wine, $5 house martinis.
Blue and Gold Tavern: (79 East 7th Street) This place will guarantee you a good time. Located on 7thstreet, this tavern brings out a whole new crowd from college students to bikers to local senior citizens. This place is for everybody. Mixed drinks go for as little as $4. They also have pool tables and a jukebox that plays the hits of the 60s and 80s.