Our top bar picks in SoHo, NYC
The quaint cobblestone streets bustle with shoppers on the hunt for the best finds during the day. As the sun begins to set, SoHo’s scene-y restaurants and hip wine and cocktail bars come alive, drawing fashionistas in droves.
We would be remiss not to mention the great Pegu Club, home to master mixologist Audrey Saunders, arguably the most famous female bartender in the city. Alongside her original creations, menu also features fun takes on classics such as the Tantris Sidecar, the Gin-Gin Mule and the Earl Grey MarTEAni.
If you’re in the mood for something casual, make your way to Houston Hall, a cavernous beer hall on West Houston Street that’s ideal for starting your night out right if you’re heading out with a big group of friends. With a wide choice of beers, wines and cocktails, this well-known establishment has something for everyone.
If, however, you’d prefer something swankier, go check out Jimmy at the James. Located on the 18th floor of the James Hotel SoHo, this spacious and luxurious rooftop bar offers incredible views of the city’s iconic bridges and skyscrapers. Relax and take a dip in the pool before dancing the night away to the DJ’s groovy tunes.
Up next, Fanelli’s Cafe is the place to go if you want to experience that retro, quintessentially New York vibe. Open since 1847, this historic venue is New York City’s second oldest drinking den. Operating as a speakeasy during the Prohibition, it later became a gathering place for artists as SoHo transitioned from manufacturing area to prominent arts hub. To this day, this beloved symbol of old New York draws an eclectic mix of artists, long-term locals and out-of-town visitors alike. Come here for unpretentious drinks, delicious food, and most of all, great conversation.
Finally, hidden down a flight of stairs on Lafayette Street is a must-visit called The Ship. Founded by Little Branch and PDT alums, this nautical themed cocktail bar offers exceptional drinks and delicious small plates in a striking setting. Taking design cues from the neighborhood’s industrial vibe, the airy, high–ceilinged lounge’s dim lighting, warm atmosphere and unique decor makes it a great date night option.