There are so many NYC bars to put on your New York nightlife bucket list. Hidden speakeasies, rooftop drinking spots and little-known gems to hop between.

To help you plan your trip to the Big Apple, here’s our pick of the must-visit New York bars…

ROSE BAR

The super-stylish Rose Bar can be found in the boutique Gramercy Park Hotel. Head there for some star-spotting, as it’s a bit of a favorite with the A-listers – Ryan Gosling, Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Lindsay Lohan are frequent visitors. Fine art lines the walls of this place, including original Andy Warhol paintings and pieces by Damien Hurst. And, the quirky cocktails on offer include Pear Martinis, Cinnamon Mojitos, and Rose Bar Bellinis. Head to this sophisticated venue on a Tuesday and you’ll be treated to a live jazz performance also.

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Explore Downtown Route, Stop: Union Square
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230 FIFTH

This iconic NYC rooftop bar is the largest in the city, and it’s open throughout summer and winter, so there’s no excuse not to visit. Enjoy a cocktail up here and views of the stunning Manhattan skyline and the Empire State Building. In summer, it boasts a garden setting with palm trees, plants and plush outdoor furniture. And in winter, heated igloos covered in fairy lights take up the deck and are the perfect place to keep warm.

Explore Downtown Route, Stop: Flatiron District
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PLEASE DON'T TELL (PDT)

You’ll find this mysterious hidden NYC bar behind a vintage phone box at the Crif Dogs hot dog joint. Once you step through the portal-like entrance you’ll discover an authentic speakeasy-style bar with leather sofas and low-key décor. The mixologist barmen whip up any cocktail you want, although the classic Old Fashioned is a firm favorite. You can also order food from Crif Dogs into the bar, and pair your classy cocktails with comfort food like tater tots.

Explore Downtown Route, Stop: Greenwich / NYU 
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BEAUTY BAR 

This former beauty salon-turned-bar is the original of the Beauty Bar chain across the US. Yes, beauty treatments are on the menu – you can book the ‘martini and manicure’ for just $10. Bargain. The vintage venue still has its original 60’s décor and chrome-domed hair dryers, so head here for an old-school night out. DJs play hits from the 70s and 80s, and bartenders keep the cocktails flowing all through the night until 4am.  

Explore Downtown Route, Stop: Greenwich / NYU
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MOTHER'S RUIN 

This low-key cocktail bar in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood, Nolita, is a cool yet relaxed hangout. It boasts comfortable décor and an open door policy to make everyone feel welcome. The three best things to order here are the gin-based cocktails, the wine on tap, and the alcoholic slushies which come in ever-changing flavors. You can also pair your drinks with some delicious nibbles like spicy fried chickpeas, pork sliders and waffle fries.

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Explore Downtown Route, Stop: SoHo / Little Italy
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Ready to bar hop your way around the City That Never Sleeps? Browse our New York bus tours and attractions for more itinerary inspiration and start planning your dream trip today.