Reviews bars New York Manhattan

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Manhattan is home to a wide variety of bars. Cocktail bars, wine bars, sports bars or speakeasies – in Manhattan you can find it all. Get personal recommendations on bars in Manhattan with the Nova Circle app. Connect with your friends and people who share your interests to find the best spots for you. 
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Cocktail lounges

Try craft cocktails with experimental ingredients prepared by skilled bartenders. In cocktail bars in Manhattan you can savor both a sophisticated ambiance, and a carefully concocted drink, perfect for celebrating a special occasion. A standout is PDT (Please Don’t Tell) in the East Village, where you enter through a phone booth in a hot dog shop.

Dive bars

Offering a stark contrast, dive bars are the backbone of Manhattan’s nightlife, providing a space where friends can grab a beer and relax without the frills. These bars, like 169 Bar on East Broadway, have a tough, friendly vibe and are perfect for a laid-back night out.

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Sports bars

Spots like Standings in the East Village are a haven for sports enthusiasts. In sports bars you will typically find multiple screens, ensuring you do not miss a game whether you have stopped by alone after work or with a group of coworkers on a Wednesday night.

Wine bars

If you prefer a glass of wine, Manhattan's wine bars like City Vineyard at Pier 26 offer a great selection, coupled with food menus for a perfect early evening to night transition.


Hidden behind unmarked doors or disguised as another business, speakeasies like The Back Room offer a prohibition-era experience. These bars are all about the details – from the vintage decor to the classic drinks menu.

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Bars in different parts of Manhattan

The many parts of Manhattan have slightly different vibes meaning you can easily find something that suits you. Or simply check with your friends on the Nova Circle app to get recommendations that are tailored to your preferences.

The Financial District in Lower Manhattan is home to historic pubs and bars where the sense of old New York still lingers on the walls, such as Fraunces Tavern, where you can literally feel the history.

Bars in Midtown cater to post-work gatherings with a mix of high-end cocktail places and casual spots perfect for a quick drink and dinner after a long day at the office.

In neighborhoods like Harlem, in Upper Manhattan, the scene shifts to a more laid-back vibe with jazz clubs and bars like Paris Blues, where the community gathers to enjoy live music and soul food.

Typical drinks and cocktails

When in Manhattan, take the opportunity to try a few typical drinks of New York City:

Manhattan: A mix of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. A must-try!

Cosmopolitan: Made famous by New York City's nightlife. A refreshing mix of vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed or sweetened lime juice.

Old Fashioned: Though not originating in New York, it is a beloved choice made with bourbon or rye, sugar, and bitters.

Tequila-based drinks: For something different, tequila bars like Mayahuel in the East Village serve up an array of tequila and mezcal drinks, perfect for those looking to explore beyond the usual.

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