Best Bars in NYC | Rooftop bars, speakeasies, pool bars, and more

Best Bars in NYC | Rooftop bars, speakeasies, pool bars, and more

Hi I’m Sarah, and today I’m going to show
you some of my favorite bars here in New York City. From rooftop bars to more
casual relaxing environments, I’m going to cover everything today. So let’s begin
our journey through New York City’s bar scene. You don’t really need to go to the
Empire State Building or the Freedom Tower to get an incredible view of New
York. You can have it in a bar. One of the best bars to have an amazing view of the
city is here at The Skylark. It’s practically a 360 view all through
Midtown and they make high quality craft cocktails here as well. This is a great
bar to come see the view of New York City and enjoy a delicious drink. You
can’t do that at the Empire State Building, can you? Deep in the heart of Chinatown you’re
going to find one of this area’s most unique bars. This is called Apothyke and
it has a potions vibe in it, like a chemistry lab. Their menus really unique
because it’s based on what effects the cocktails have on you so you can choose
from health and beauty, painkillers stimulates, aphrodisiacs, euphoric enhancers,
or stress relievers and it’s really really interesting. One of my favorite
bars in New York City. Here at Crocodile Lounge you can get a free
pizza with every drink you order. I mean talk about saving money in New York. What
better way to do it than here? The drinks aren’t that expensive and the pizzas
delicious. They also have games in the back, like skee-ball and hunting games.
Really great place to save some money but also have a really good time in New
York City. I got which is happy hour price $6 and free
pizza. That is such a good deal! I’m here at Gallow Green, a rooftop garden bar here
in New York and this place is a lovely place for an urban escape from New York.
You truly feel like you left the city when you’re here. They have a really
unique atmosphere with the gardens, they have a walking pathway, empty train car that
you can sit in. In the summer it turns into a garden but in the winter it’s a
lodge. No matter what time of year Gallow Green is a really cool place to come. You see
a lot of locals coming here after work. I’m here at Rudy’s, a historic dive bar here in New
York City. And this place is known to be rumored to be the first speakeasy in 1919.
They also received the first liquor license when Prohibition ended in 1933. It’s
been known to be a hangout spot for many celebrities including Steely Dan, Paul McCarthy, Julia Roberts, Lauryn Hill and Drew Barrymore, among many
others. But this place is very popular for a completely different reason and I’m going to have Luis from “Recipes with Luis”, which is a show within my channel talk
about it because this is his favorite place. Hot dogs.
That’s it. For any drink that you get here you could actually get one free
hot dog. My favorite meal by the way. It’s really a great place to bring on someone
for a first date. I don’t know it it’s going to be successful guys, but also
the prices are very competitive. Especially in the Times Square area and
you can get the drinks for like $4 $5 Really, really good price. So I would recommend coming here. Let’s get hotdogs! They have their own beers at three dollars a pint. A Rudy’s Blonde and a Rudy’s Red Ale. Pretty good. Not bad. One of the most beautiful bars here in New York is Jimmy at
the James. I personally love this place because they have a rooftop pool and
they make incredible cocktails using fresh ingredients that are grown from
their own organic gardens. Jimmy at the James is a contemporary interpretation
of a classic pub with a 1970s New York twist. Cocktails are based on classic
American interpretations. Each expertly prepared using syrups and bitters made
in-house, fresh squeezed juices, and garnishes and herbs that are picked
french from their organic garden. When you’re up here to have both an inside
and an outside. I’m here at the outside but on the inside area they not only
have a fireplace which is incredibly unique to a rooftop bar, but they also
have 14-foot windows with panoramic views of Midtown, Wall Street, the Hudson
River, and bridges that span all the way to the East River. So no matter where you
are here at Jimmy at the James there is anabsolutely beautiful rooftop view. I’m here at The Lately on 16th Street
between 9th and 8th Ave and they have a really chill laid-back atmosphere in the
center of the club district. They also serve fresh cocktails and beer on tap. I
got a mezcal cocktail, which is my favorite and as you can tell I finished
the whole thing already before we even filmed this section. That’s how good it
was. On the edges they have a smoked salt which was a really nice touch. They also
have grilled cheese, different snack items, but one of the coolest parts about
this bar is that there is a speakeasy club in the back corner called Blue Light. It’s just a really interesting spot. Of course I can’t talk about New York’s
bar scene without mentioning speakeasies. Now if you seen my other videos you know
that I love speakeasies here in New York especially Please Don’t Tell, that’s one
of my favorites. But there are tons of others some of the other great ones are
Raines Law Room, Bathtub Gin and Employees Only. They really serve excellent
cocktails. I mean these will be the best cocktails you can find. By the way, if you
don’t know what a speakeasy is it’s a secret bar. Back in the 1920s alcohol was
actually illegal here in the United States so in order to continue drinking,
because who’s gonna give that up, right? They created hidden bars that
required passwords to get in so a lot of these speakeasies require a password or
in general are just hard to find. But if you want to get into Please Don’t Tell
head over to my video on secret spots in New York and I show you the way that you
can guarantee a reservation there. It’s hard to get in so if you follow my steps
you can do it. Here at The Garret they have a taco
bar and also serve cocktails, such as a charred pineapple jalapeno margarita
that’s frozen. They also have a watermelon cilantro frozen margarita and
the cool part about their tacos – it’s more of a gourmet style they make their
own tortillas here and I just ate here with a Guatemalan, a Mexican and a Puerto
Rican, and all of them said these tacos are legit. So I feel like though maybe
I’m not qualified to say the tacos are legit? Just saying, they said they’re
legit. So great tacos, great refreshing cocktails for summer here at The Garret. Thanks for joining me on my bar crawl
through New York City. Now if you don’t mind I’m going to enjoy this delicious
cocktail. If you like this video remember to subscribe, follow me on instagram @sarahfunky, and I will see you next time. Cheers to that, right? The video is done. I can finally drink this.

Comments (100)

    Watch the full NYC series:
    Visiting NYC? Get my NYC sightseeing checklist for FREE:
    1. The Skylark
    2. Apotheke
    3. Crocodile Lounge
    4. Gallow Green
    5. Rudy's
    6. Jimmy at The James
    7. The Lately
    8. Please Don't Tell
    9. The Garret

  2. As a New Yorker I really recommend you to go to the Empire State at least once in your lifetime or you’ll not be a true New Yorker. Those are awesome rooftops and I also recommend the rooftop at the Knickerbocker hotel and the rooftop at the Peninsula hotel. They are really breathtaking.

  3. What’s your opinion on a rooftop bar tour Sarah?

  4. Great video thanks Sarah  you are the best

  5. Great video! Do any of these places have a cover charge?

  6. rooftop view are cool

  7. Another incredible episode, just in time for my arrival this afternoon! 🗽🇺🇸🎉👍🏼

  8. Apotheke is german for pharmacy.

  9. I visited NYC for the first time this year and did all the tourist stuff, but want to go back soon, take things at a more relaxed pace and explore the food and drink scene. Your videos are incredibly insightful and beautifully filmed , and you are so enthusiastic, fresh and fashionable. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Some people work in air travel business

  11. Love your channel! Apotheke is actually the German Word for Pharmacy 🙂

  12. How come in vere expensive bars bartenders put there bare hands in drinks , to put lemons and othter fruits , its so DISGUSTING and UNSAFE ((((

  13. I love your videos. Visiting New York in August 2018 and will certainly visit some of the many tips you have provided.

  14. Cheer Sarah, Love it

  15. I live across the water in Jersey City and don't find myself going into NY all that often because I haven't yet fallen in love with it. I stumbled across your videos and girl you have opened my eyes. I need a friend like you to show me the secret spots!! Wanna hang? 😂

  16. I’m going to be in New York in September, best recommended hotels Sarah?

  17. Hi Sarah really enjoying your videos. Coming to NYC in Oct (1st time) to celebrate 50th birthday, some of my party smoke, do you know of any roof top bars that allow this? Thank you

  18. Among other vlogs about NYC, this channel gives an honest review about places and things to do in NYC for a fact that it was from a real New Yorker! This makes me wanna go even more in the Big Apple. Thank you so much, Sarah! Hope you can make more of NYC vids. Yay! 😘

  19. Apotheke = Ah-po-tek(-eh) Final "eh" only if you're pedantic…or a German speaker. 😉

    Also: Go on their jazz/burlesque nights. MUCH FUN!

  20. While We Were Young K&C is very good and Cha Cha Matcha…. I`d you can talk of them

  21. Your channel is so good. They keep me watching until the end which is the goal. Great Job!

  22. I want to eat your 📦

  23. I’ve been living in Italy and have been to bars because you only have to be 18 in Italy to drink and they never I.D you. Now I’m going to NYC and was imagining going to bars at night to meet people and see the views but half way through this video I realized I can’t. I’ll still be a few months under 21😢 Disappointed. But great video! I’ll have to come back in a year and try these bars out;)

  24. I was looking for a vlogger from NYC and thank god I found this channel! Subscribed!

  25. Such well thought out content!

  26. Bars are the last place I would recommend people going when they come to my great city. Seriously. There are just so much to do here beside looking “Sheek/Chic” in some overpriced bars around Manhattan. Seriously.

  27. Thank you Sarah!!

  28. How’s the weather in early October?

  29. At some points in the video you sounded as if you drank a little too much

  30. When I'm eat a good Hamburger with a beautiful view to NYC from above a Rooftop?

  31. For the rooftop bars do you just turn up or do you need to book a table? I'm going to New York for the first time next Easter, I'm so excited x

  32. Do they let 16 year olds in the rooftop bars ?

  33. +Sarah Funk Do I need dress shoes to get into one of these fancy rooftop bars?

  34. Was at the skylark last weekend during the evening. Would totally recommend going. Excellent views and the cocktails were greatly, if pricey.

  35. Good information, thanks for sharing

  36. Thanks for the vid. We recently went to NYC and visited the skylark and rudys. Both cool bars 🤘

  37. great review…thank you lady

  38. Hey Sarah! We are in NYC right now and thought it would be fun if we could meet up, hang out and maybe make a collab or something ☺️

  39. Some of my favorite places made the list. .. in terms of views, Press and the William Vale in BK have the best views of the city . IMO… Definitely have to try some of your favorites

  40. great great video!

  41. Thanks for cool recommendation !

  42. Watch "Things you should know before you take a trip to New York" on YouTube

  43. Hello!! What is the name of the first place? With the stunning view 🙂 ?? I didn't get it… 🙁


  45. I'm French, 20y & coming in New York next week with my little brother whose 14yo, I was wondering if the rooftop bars will let us in even if we're underage ? And can I drink alcohol even if I'm 20? Tx

  46. Random question but would you still have to tip bartenders? 😮

  47. Ireland in my jobs

  48. What a great list. Thank you!!

  49. Ok after my fight in las vegas im go ther 👊!

  50. Are these rooftop bars open in the winter? Going in January lol. Thank you

  51. I went to Rudy’s bar per this video and the guy on the counter was rude to anyone whose not a regular. I’m not saying it’s bad (although I personally don’t enjoy country music), i’m just saying be careful, specially if you’re not white ✌🏾

  52. 0:20 Love that cinematography! Skylark looks sooo cool!!!

  53. How much are drinks at Skylark ? thank you and god bless you.

  54. I run several ROOFTOP Party in NYC to join the events
    follow me on IG: kevinwonglist

  55. Could you do a gay bar crawl video?

  56. This was SO helpful!

  57. You should mention Skylark is closed on Weekends 4 private events

  58. Going to New York in 2020 for my 40th so glad I’ve found your channel!

  59. I just started as a bartender 2 months ago at a resort here in Fiji, only white sandy beaches and clear waters here.. seeing that rooftop bar really makes me want to work there. wow! really cool. I will try my best to go there one day, I really hope I will one day. great video. vinaka

  60. Ok americans, I WILL give you that much – NYC is an incredible city

  61. I lo lo love NYC bar

  62. What's the name of that pomegranate cocktail you're holding at 0:46

  63. this chick might be alcoholic

  64. You can definitely do that at the Freedom Tower!!

  65. Hi , did you film this yourself? or was there a video person following you around?

  66. i love you sarah!!!

  67. She’s good ❤️

  68. Nice video! Thanks!

  69. “Best Bars” In MANHATTAN- NOT NYC.

    There are other (and better) boroughs besides bullshit Manhattan.

  70. Grew up in NYC until I moved to Texas in 2000. Wife and I are back this May(5/5-5/11) to visit family. Staying at Moxy's downtown. And will be searching for places that serve wings, BBQ and Mexican food. Love your videos

  71. All look great,especially the rooftops. 😎The one in Chinatown seems ok,but Chinatown overall is blah.

  72. In NYC at the moment. Have been to Rudd’s….loved it. Going to try The Skylark and a few of those Speak Easy’s. Love this channel ❤️

  73. This video was great!

  74. New York the beautiful city in the world

  75. Going next weekend. Gonna do my rounds!

  76. So my wife and I are here now and we're at Rudy's and the place is very cool. I've eaten like 8 hotdogs as well but the hilarous part is this must be a gay hangout too because I'm constantly being hit on and danced on while just sitting at the bar 😂😂😂😂

  77. Post & Find events in NYC

  78. Just got back from NYC. Stayed right next to SkyBar in midtown. They were having a meet 'n greet and a fashion show the night we went, which was cool.
    Also went to Rudy's.
    But my favorite was Jekyll and Hyde in the Village. A bit pricey and kitchy, but the horror vibe was interesting nonetheless.

  79. Thanks Sarah I bartend here in midtown, nice to visit new places in my town. I only know of Rudy's in Hells Kitchen.

  80. Tonight!

  81. Miss Iraq
    Judge Carney in Buffalo should be homeless
    What happened to Crapsi?? Dead at 9/11. D

  82. Geri Serrano was into S&M with her husband. Brutalized his

  83. Can i have the name when the bideo starts pls. ?

  84. Sarah is ridiculously pretty

  85. Ah but of course, Paul Mccarthy the great politician of the 1930's who's brother-in-law spawned Mccarthyism. As you would always want your herbs picked "French". You see, the French know how to pick 'em; they 'glean' their gardens for the best yield.

  86. i thought all bsnooz are the same

  87. Muy padre quien quiere ir?🤗🤠👍

  88. Hi, going to New York in September for the first time, was all them bars in and around Time Square ?

  89. I love Gallow Green! So pretty. Another amazing rooftop bar is Press Lounge with incredible views. It is massive with an outdoor pool. Hudson Hotel is also great cuz there’s different rooms to drink in with different vibes. The Beach poolside at Dream Hotel downtown is another fave. If you have mucho bucks, The Aviary is a must on the 35th floor in the Mandarin Hotel. Great view of Central Park. Good stuff!

  90. Can you do a video on five bars?

  91. Video on dive bars

  92. NYC dive bar video please!! Loved seeing the dive bars in your restaurant/bar on a budget video!



  95. I'm 17 years cant wait to turn 21 and go to these places if there up during that time.

  96. Havent been to NYC since 1992. My second time in September. Am preparing for a heavily gentrified city. But still great. Compared to last time. Staying next to Skybar. Thanks for your recommendations.

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