You're Gonna Need a Drink (or Six): 7 Best NYC Bars to Cozy Up to This November

The temperatures are dropping in the city and the hoodies are coming out, while the leaves are already starting to fall from the trees. 

It's hard to believe we're well into Fall in New York City!

The seasonal change can be a bit of an adjustment, so why not cozy up in a local watering hole with a spiked beverage and get back some of that warmth?

Is there anything better than sitting in a warmly lit bar with a warm glass of boozy cider?

Here are some of the spots you can be sure to find us hitting up this month.


1. Angel's Share (8 Stuyvesant Street)


Who doesn't love a secret speakeasy? 

Tucked away behind an unmarked door in the Village Yokocho lies Angel's Share, a Japanese-influenced hideaway that serves up some pretty serious craft cocktails from their innovative menu, and boasts a great view of the Stuyvesant Triangle.

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Like any good secret bar, its hours are limited– it's only open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., though they'll keep it open later if people linger around. Their cocktails, with names like "East of the Sun," "Mack the Knife," and "Cheek to Cheek," enhance the Eastern influence and vibe.


2. The Wu Room (93 Bowery)


A newcomer to NYC nightlife, The Wu Room is a surprisingly spacious bar and lounge with a warm feel and Asian-inspired flair in the heart of Chinatown. Don't let its zen decor fool you. 

This spot gets seriously pumping as the night goes on, so much so that Page Six reported about one of its parties. 

Hands down, the night to go to get your groove on is Saturday nights when superstar promoter Michael Cohen throws his weekly bash, attracting names like Alexander Wang, Tome Daley and Dustin Lance Black. It's the new place to see and be seen on those chilly Saturday nights to come.


3. Berry Park (4 Berry Street - Brooklyn)


Who says rooftop drinking is done? A bi-level behemoth of a beer garden on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, the 3,500-square foot Berry Park also boasts a large outdoor space with a retractable roof to keep you toasty as the temperatures start to dip.

Aside from the 13-foot wide TV that's dedicated to soccer and the sweeping Manhattan skyline views, framed by the fall foliage along the riverbanks, this beer haven offers 15 taps of imported drafts, many from Germany and Belgium, as well as snacks like a massive warm pretzel or currywurst and fries.


4. BlackTail (22 Battery Place, 2nd Floor)

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The team behind the legendary cocktail temple The Dead Rabbit have opened a brand new watering hole right at the tip of Battery Park. With some spectacular views of the New York Harbor, its ambience pays tribute to the scenic yet secretive times of Prohibition-era Cuba.

The BlackTail specializes in reinterpreting classic 20th-century cocktails. For example, their Rum & Coke also includes Fernet-Branca and champagne for a smoother taste with extra fizz. They also serve up cultural favorites like a Cubano sandwich and a short-rib Sloppy Joe.


5. The Daisy (1641 Second Avenue)

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The team who brought you the West Village gem Agave are now trying their luck on the Upper East Side. Adorned with Art Deco accents in their stuccoed interior, The Daisy features two full bars framed by long leather banquettes to create a more hip and chill vibe, despite being uptown.

Among the must-drink cocktails on their creative menu are the South of the Bourbon, a smooth mix of bourbon, all-spice dram, an apple cider reduction, and mezcal or their signature Daisy cocktail, featuring black pepper-infused tequila, elderflower liqueur, and lime marmalade.


6. The Garden at Studio Square (35-33 36th Street - Queens)

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The change of season doesn't have to mean the death of outdoor drinking, and this beer mecca proves it. The Garden at Studio Square in Astoria, open year-round, also brings out regular live DJs and bands in the cobblestone courtyard, which is prepped with heat lamps and waterproof awnings.

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This modern, outdoor biergarten also proudly boasts one of the city’s best tap selections, with 18 drafts including American microbrews like Bear Republic’s piney Racer Five, as well as a number of Bavarin standouts such as Shiner, Goose Island, and Strongbow. Prost!


7. Le Boudoir (135 Atlantic Avenue - Brooklyn)

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Underneath the quaint Chez Moi restaurant, through a secret bookcase door and down a winding flight of stairs, you'll enter Le Boudoir– an Old World drinking den inspired by the queen of excess herself, Marie Antoinette.

The elegant lounge serves up an assortment of French-themed appetizers like pâté, croquettes, and even crispy frog legs. Their elaborate cocktails from the craft bar use unusual mixers like sesame, black caraway, almond milk, carrot juice, and are presented in chic metal stemware.

[Feature Image Courtesy GrubStreet] 

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