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Diners' Choice: Cocktail Bar restaurants in New York City

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Cocktail Bar cuisine in New York City? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Tusk Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (22)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
NoMad
About the restaurant
Influenced by its setting steeped in The Evelyn Hotel's history (est. 1905), The Tusk Bar marries timeless elegance with free-wheeling flair. Look for bright takes on classic cocktails by Tristan Brunel and culinary partner Jeremiah Stone’s version of an oyster bar and seafood-driven, small plate-focused menu with desserts by Fabian Von Hauske (Stone's co-chef in their acclaimed Lower East Side restaurants Wildair and Contra). The glamorous space marries the spirit of the roaring 20s with the convivial attitude of mid-century cocktail parties, sharing the timelessness of a warm welcome, a well-made drink, a freshly shucked oyster - and a good time.
Walk-in's welcome.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 23 Feb 2024
Great martinis, good seafood, energetic and hip vibe
A photo of Bee's Knees & Honey Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (33)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Williamsburg
About the restaurant
Bees' Knees is Williamsburg's newest restaurant & cocktail lounge. Dine or drink on our main Floor, or Upstairs in the 'Honey Lounge' for a more intimate experience.

Join us for our R&B playlists, group dinners, dates, and private events. Specials include $1 Oyster Mondays, Tuesday - Friday Happy Hour, and Ramen Sundays.

Freshness and creativity are our favorite ingredients. The drinks are balanced, yet strong; Our menu is Japanese & American with a twist. If you’re looking for a superb culinary experience, email or call us to make a reservation!

Looking for a place to watch sports? We have drop-down projectors on both floors!

Top review
SashaS
Dined on 25 Jan 2024
Almost a stereotype of what a Brooklyn bar should look and feel like. I had the Bee's Knees cocktail, after which I guess they named the bar. It was really good. The sliders were nice and there was a vegetarian sushi option.
A photo of The Highlight Room NY restaurant
4.7
4.7 (22)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Chinatown
About the restaurant
The Highlight Room’s real showstopper is the spectacular view of the city through a glass wall that spans the entire width of the room and folds back to allow access to the outdoor terrace. From there, guests can lift a cocktail to the expansive views — north to the Empire State Building, south to the Freedom Tower. The north and south sides of the room are lined with two-toned leather and velvet banquettes positioned to take advantage of the cityscape views from floor-to-ceiling windows.

The bar, set off by wooden arches and antique mirrors, complements the greenery, and elaborate, candelabra-style chandeliers allude to the candles that would illuminate the German garden as evening fell. Layers of premium materials — plaster, brass, velvet upholstery, caramel drapery, terrazzo tiles — add a dose of playful luxury. Although the bar is open to the public, the overall sense is of a swank member’s club, a private Eden commanding the sky above the Lower East Side. Must be 21+.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We an AMAZING time !!! It was our friends 50th birthday. Right when you step off elevator…you knew you were in a fabulous place ! We went early for 730 appetizers and drinks. It was perfect for our age lol. (It turns into a nightclub after 10 pm.)
A photo of The Blind Pig of Westchester restaurant
4.7
4.7 (243)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
White Plains
About the restaurant
A Cocktail Pub in the heart of Downtown White Plains


Top review
KatarinaZ
Dined on 26 Feb 2024
We have a great experience with Blind Pig of Westchester
A photo of Madame George restaurant
4.8
4.8 (37)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Rockefeller Center
About the restaurant
A New York inspired cocktail bar, made for New Yorkers, by New Yorkers.

Featuring an extensive cocktail program inspired by New York City through the ages using refreshed & modern techniques while referencing historic & prolific cocktail culture.

A 4,400 square foot interior where luxe textures & whimsical accents form a striking canvas for creative cocktails & shareable bites. The expansive venue is filled with a variety of cozy spaces including a library lounge & fireplace, all equipped with comfortable handmade furniture from Ireland.

A place vaguely nostalgic, yet original; comforting, yet provocative – and like its namesake muse, a captivating mystery.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 21 Feb 2024
After having a delicious meal in the sister bar Valerie, we were directed to the speakeasy that lives downstairs. To say I was in complete awe is an understatement, the punches were simply sublime matched with the sultry lighting and a lady lamp on each table. A must find if you’re in Midtown, just look for the logo with the Key!!
A photo of Gair restaurant
4.6
4.6 (19)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
DUMBO
About the restaurant
GAIR (BROOKLYN, NY)
Located at 41 Washington Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn on one of the world’s most famous intersections, Gair is Dumbo’s premier destination for elevated, distinctive cocktails, locally-sourced, seasonally-inspired dishes, and an unmatched environment. Conceptualized and owned by architect and Dumbo local Kevin Cimini, Gair was developed to create an elegant yet approachable neighborhood bar and restaurant that serves as an oasis for the Dumbo community, as well as an authentic New York experience for visitors.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 11 Feb 2024
My second visit to Gair was such a great time. They had a special drink menu in honor of Black History Month, where part of the sales go towards a charity! Additionally, my waitress was very attentive and friendly the entire night! Can't wait for my next visit.
A photo of Lady Blue restaurant
4.6
4.6 (124)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
Inspired by the alluring nature of the late 1970’s New York, Lady Blue is an ode to a remarkable decade of transformation. An oft-forgotten character from the Broadway classic, Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein, Lady Blue’s combination of seduction and grace narrates the main protagonist’s transitional phases, symbolically encapsulating both the wonders and challenges of life in that era. The ambiance and aesthetic of Lady Blue aim to invoke the nostalgia of a quintessential time period for the Broadway community and our darling city.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Great Brunch before seeing a show. Good location and reasonable prices.
A photo of Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel restaurant
4.5
4.5 (846)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Lincoln Square
About the restaurant
The Empire Rooftop is located on the top floor of the iconic Empire Hotel and overlooks the Lincoln Center complex. With over 8000 square feet of interior and exterior space, The Empire Rooftop has a seasonal open-air East Terrace, a West Terrace with a retractable roof cover, an Interior Main Lounge, and a seasonal Sun Deck. Enjoy our Signature Empire Sunset Cocktail, a light bite from our appetizer menu, and take a photo in front of the iconic neon sign to complete your experience.

Guests of all ages (accompanied by a Parent) are welcome on the roof until 8PM, when those under 21 must vacate.

Visit our website at www.theempirerooftop.com for more information.


Top review
CItyH
Dined on 25 Feb 2024
There was a little seating confusion with the hostess, but the waiters we're very nice.
A photo of Ascent Lounge New York restaurant
4.4
4.4 (318)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Located on the 4th floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle, Ascent Lounge offers an incomparable cocktail lounge experience. Presenting stunning views of iconic New York destinations, Central Park and Columbus Circle, Ascent Lounge presents exceptional product and service in a sophisticated, inviting atmosphere. This Premium Cocktail Lounge and Multi-Faceted NYC Event Venue is designed to provide a variety of elegant experiences, from early evening cocktail hours and late night VIP Reservations to Private NYC Corporate Events and Social Celebrations.
Top review
Carrie
Dined on 21 Feb 2024
Very cool environment, great cocktails and lovely view!
A photo of The Carnegie Club Cocktail and Cigar Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (110)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Enjoy a fine cigar, single malt scotch, and live music at one of the most exclusive lounges in New York City.
Conveniently located steps from Carnegie Hall, Central Park, and Times Square, The Carnegie Club is a magnificent space that’s both grand and intimate. It provides a classic and sophisticated backdrop of hand-carved 18th century bookcases filled with a wide assortment of leather-bound titles, a stone fireplace, 20 foot ceilings, and several cigar humidors--all offset by plush furnishings.

The Carnegie Club is also home to New York City’s longest running Sinatra Show featuring Steven Maglio and the Stan Rubin 11-Piece Orchestra which have been dazzling audiences for over two decades.

All guests must be 21+ only.

Top review
JohnL
Dined on 16 Feb 2024
Place is outstanding. My partner and I are travelling and wanted the New York experience. It met my expectations. Little overpriced, but still worth the visit.
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