The Six Best NYC Bars You Don’t Know About Yet

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Whether they’re hiding behind a shy and unmarked entrance, or they’re new enough to make you look old, these places ought to pique some interest for their novel designs and unique offerings. In no particular order, please welcome your new nightlife neighbors:

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Pier A Harbor House

Pier A Harbor House (Opened November 2014)

Enter the Lobster King. Not for the agoraphobes, this huge 28,000 square foot nautically designed space redefines the lobster shack. In fact, this palatial hall completely overthrows it. Only a stone’s throw from Battery Park, Pier A offers many distinctly characteristic rooms—in the atrium or waterfront— that support the feasting and guzzling needs of any party—large or small. In short, occupy any number of over a hundred boathouse bar stools or feel the freedom of the fresh outdoors while looking out onto the Statue of Liberty.

The Folly (Opened November 2014)

Bringing you a second player from the gales of nautical November, The Folly evokes the feeling of being on a ship at sea more than it does a boat safely tucked in a port. And yet, there is no sacrifice of coziness; sleek woods and dim lighting create a warm atmosphere, which is good for those who forget they’re not actually adrift over cold, open waters and could use the reality check. The comfortable tavern vibe will support those who left their sea legs back by the first cocktail.

Kush Mahan Bar Cyrk

Bar Cyrk

Bar Cyrk (Opened September 2014)

Down in TriBeCa, it can be hard to find a respite away from the bustle that leaks north from the Financial District. Fortunately, for this, Bar Cyrk mimics the feel of the more theatrical aspects of New York City, announcing your arrival with bright marquee lighting, intricate chandeliers and gilded glamour. The outside is a subdued brick façade, untelling of the elegant interior that awaits within. An upscale venue that still maintains a calming presence, Bar Cyrk is great for the after work conversation or a date night with a special someone.

The Happiest Hour (Opened September 2014)

Behind a quietly marked glass wall you may just experience your happiest hour. For those who yearn to go back to the 50s, or those who missed the decade and fancy a taste, this venue invokes the spirit of retro Florida. With a green and peach cream color scheme, and a beach-and-island ambiance (recognizable by the tiki tchotchkes) this place relaxes even the most tense of thirsty customers. Upstairs offers the first bar and table seating, downstairs lies the lounge space.

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The Up & Up

The Up & Up (Opened February 2015)

In Greenwich Village there is a bar, and the bar’s name is Up & Up. With cocktails and an attitude inspired by great literature, it won’t fail to impress the most erudite of scholars. For the college crowd, or anyone scouring between the lines of Trendy and Hipster, stop by for a visit. But be not deceived, Up & Up’s menu proves itself respectable with a series of cocktails licensed for use from other reputable establishments around the city. The space itself is a mélange of industrial chic and new age color, looking a lot like the large garage of a budding artist.
Belle Rêve (Opened February 2015)

This place lives up to its French name meaning “beautiful dream” in a couple of ways. Serving as a safe haven welcoming anyone who needs it, Belle Rêve casts a warm glow over the small space that’s easy on the eyes; cozy, not cramped. A prohibitionist theme permeates throughout this ground-level speakeasy-restaurant hybrid and hints can be picked up in the old-fashioned fireplace, the stained glass windows, and the hammered-copper ceilings.

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