Top bars in Times Square
It’s the beating heart of New York City and the ideal place to begin or end your night’s adventures when first visiting the city. Whether you’re gearing up for an evening at the theatre or just sightseeing, the bars in Times Square are bound to have something to pique your interest.
Cutting-edge haute mixology is less well represented here – the focus is more on classic cocktails, expertly prepared – but you’ll find a great choice of classic, timeless cocktail lounges like The Rum House, one of the best cocktail establishments in the world. All glossy dark wood and copper accents, this sleek venue will transport you straight to Prohibition-era New York. Also worth checking out is Lantern’s Keep, a small and intimate speakeasy attached to the Iroquois Hotel. Its drinks echo classic recipes while always bringing something fresh to the table.
Times Square also offers fun, quirky bars like Réunion, a lively subterranean tiki lounge. With its tin-roofed bar, vintage surfboards, hanging bikinis and island-inspired drinks and snack menu, this venue with beach shack vibes is like a one-way trip to tropical paradise. The venue is quite spacious, making it perfect for groups – there’s even a room with an aquarium you can privatize at the back.
For dinner and drinks, a classy lunch or a boozy weekend brunch, Bryant Park Grill is the place to go. Set in a prime location right behind the New York Public Library, this lush, romantic venue offers Parisian-style dining at the heart of NYC. On top of its sophisticated dining room, the restaurant also boasts an open-air cafe, garden and rooftop bar perfect for afterwork cocktails and alfresco dining, and a seasonal tent for those chilly winter nights.
Finally, it is to be noted that the area has become the epicenter of NYC‘s craft beer movement, which is reflected in spaces like The New York Beer Company. While the bars themselves sometimes lean towards the generic, the brews on offer certainly don’t. If you’re a fan of microbrews, you should check out Beer Authority.