The best bars on the Upper East Side

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The best bars on the Upper East Side

Bordered by Central Park and 5th Avenue to the west and the East river to the east, the affluent Upper East Side of Manhattan is a breeding ground for fanciful eateries and chic boutiques.

What it’s less well known for, however, is its excellent selection of glamorous cocktail bars, local dive bars and mysterious speakeasies, all just waiting to be explored.

When it comes to bars on the Upper East Side, the top of everyone’s list is The Penrose, an unusual fit for the neighbourhood but a popular one at that. A welcoming and relaxed haunt decorated with exposed bricks, wooden rafters and industrial lamps, this tavern serves up a mighty pint and a delicious selection of bar snacks, including their popular fried pickles.

If you’re in the mood to take things up a notch, seek out the elusive Seamstress, an exclusive cocktail bar hidden behind the facade of a simple leather shop. Take the time to search the streets for this hotspot and you’ll be heavily rewarded upon the first sip on one of their delectable concoctions.

The Carlyle Hotel’s Bemelmans Bar is quintessential old-school New York. Named after Ludwig Bemelmans, the elegant art deco lounge is covered in the famous children’s books illustrator’s whimsical murals. An evening here is the perfect occasion to dress up and immerse yourself in timeless New York glamour, with nightly live jazz music to complete the fantasy.

And to finish your night on a relaxing note, stop by The Milton, a friendly establishment on 2nd Avenue that serves up an extensive drinks list, a chilled vibe and a mean cocktail to boot. Combining American, Irish and English influences, the perfect handcrafted cocktails and delicious cuisine of chef David E. Diaz draw a steady stream of regulars each night. This neighborhood bar is always quietly buzzing, but the venue is comfortable enough that it never feels overcrowded. Perfect for that soothing Sunday night nightcap.

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