Best bars near Union Square
The Union Square scene is ideal for experiencing the true essence of downtown New York. Known for its diverse crowds, popular street vendors and resplendent markets, the area is simply buzzing with bars come happy hour, from friendly dive bars to hip hotel lounges and secret speakeasies.
In the mood to sample Union Square’s very best drinking dens? Let’s dive in!
Start your tour off from the Old Town Bar, a no-nonsense watering hole with a well-stocked bar and over 100 years of service to back it up. Grab a beer and one of their beloved burgers and make yourself at home.
Want to try something a little different? Check out Dear Irving on 17th Street and Irving Place and experience an exhilarating trip back in time. Split into four distinct, era-themed rooms – from Marie Antoinette’s 18th-century France to JFK’s transformative ’60s – all you need to do is pick your poison and they’ll do the rest.
Hidden behind a nondescript black door down an anonymous flight of stairs, you could walk straight past the Raines Law Room and miss it. There’s no signing in sight but a small plaque next to the door instructing you to ring the doorbell. On busy nights, a host will take your number and call you when (or rather, if) a table opens up. Inside, a classic New York City experience awaits. The underground speakeasy is as classy as it gets, with plush seating, semi-private areas separated by curtains, and a charming garden, where the herbs and spices used in the excellent vintage drinks are grown.
And lastly for the whiskey lovers: just a few blocks up from Raines Law Room is the Flatiron Room, a world-renowned destination for whiskey enthusiasts with over 1000 varieties to choose from. The bar also offers expertly crafted cocktails, delicious food, and great live music every night. Another favorite is Rye House, a comfortable neighborhood joint manned by passionate bartenders. Treat yourself to any one of the sumptuous, American-sourced liquors and delicious whiskey-based cocktails, and gain a wealth of knowledge behind your chosen tipple in the process. Food-wise, the hearty menu offers a mouthwatering choice of bar favorites, so come hungry.