Five Lower Manhattan Bars Where You Should Probably Become A Regular

09/17/2021 in
Five Lower Manhattan Bars Where You Should Probably Become A Regular

One of the greatest perks of the Explorer In Chief role, according to Josh Katz, was “being able to frequent bars for market research.” It was, to say the least, an extremely studious three months for Katz, as he was adamant about the five following establishments as must-visit bars for anyone passing through Lower Manhattan.  

Five & Dime 

You can’t beat live music every night. Located inside the iconic Woolworth Building, with a name and design that’s a tasteful homage to the skyscraper’s history, the atmosphere here is perfect: relaxed coffee shop by day and lively cocktail bar by night. Stop in on a Wednesday evening for live opera. (8 Park Place)

White Horse Tavern 

White Horse Tavern has been open for 88 years, and still has maintained its unpretentious decor — you’ll often end up with an Irish bartender. There’s always a fun assortment of people here, so you can have a quiet drink on one level or dance around upstairs. It doesn’t hurt that they have some of the cheapest drink prices in the neighborhood. (25 Bridge Street)

The Dead Rabbit 

This place has surpassed being an Irish Bar; they are an institution. Their attention to detail is ever present, from their menu that doubles as a graphic novel to their international award-winning cocktail program. While everything here is excellent, they still keep a modest, friendly atmosphere that’s welcoming to locals and tourists alike. (30 Water Street)

Ulysses  

Noted for its impressive wraparound bar, hospitable bartenders and tasty eats, Ulysses carries a relaxed energy amid the weekday regulars and a raucous scene on weekends. There’s something for everyone here. Obligatory mention that it’s on Stone Street and has great outdoor seating. (95 Pearl Street)

Jeremy’s Ale House 

Overly massive plastic cups of beer, a locals scene, a menu of unpretentious American staple bites and bartenders that tell it like it is — Jeremy’s is a cherished neighborhood staple. During the pandemic, Jeremy’s son took over the bar. He’s a great guy, makes cool collage art and runs this bar with a healthy respect for its legacy. (228 Front Street)

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