Best Upper East Side Bars in NYC

Best Upper East Side Bars in NYC

From neighborhood pubs to smart cocktail bars, these are the best Upper East Side bars in New York City.

The Upper East Side is home to some of the best museums in NYC, acclaimed fine dining restaurants and top-rate drinkeries. The best Upper East Side bars in NYC range from craft beer bars to laidback wine dens­–here’s where you should get your drink on uptown.


With large-scale brew operations like Clinton Hall in the Financial District and the Watermark Bar at South Street Seaport, Abraham Merchant has a finger firmly planted on downtown’s beer-hall scene. His Merchants Hospitality’s first foray uptown comes in the form of this rustic, 200-seat tavern, fitted with the requisite communal tables, a roaring fireplace and brick-painted murals by Colombian artist Brian Boerner that depict an imaginative world of beer-inspired mascots (flying dogs coursing over a beer-splattered ocean, a lab of mad scientists brewing beer mixtures). Traditional big-group boozing is the name of the game here, complemented by an expertly curated lineup of global pours, and plenty of beer floats.