Hidden bars have been popular in New York City since the time of Prohibition.
Today, drinking is legal, but New Yorkers still love these speakeasies for their vintage decor, secret entrances, and cocktails made with classic ingredients.
From Dutch Kills in Long Island City to Attaboy on the Lower East Side, here are 30 of the best hidden bars in New York City.
Megan Willett wrote an earlier version of this post.
Opened by two longtime Milk & Honey bartenders, Attaboy is an industrial-style, no-fuss bar where you don't even get a drink menu.
Instead, the bartender will ask you what types of drinks you usually like, so they can get a sense of your preference in flavours before whipping up your custom selection. To spot the bar, look for a neon 'A' on its window.
You might walk right past Bar Centrale, considering that it looks just like any other brownstone from the outside. Inside, however, is a cool bar.
If you want a table, you'll need to make a reservation, but try to pop in after Broadway shows, as you'll sometimes be able to spot some stars at the bar.
Behind the thick curtains lining the windows of 67 Orange Street is an intimate Harlem speakeasy, where you can get crafty cocktails with everything from gin and cognac to whiskey and champagne.
The lobster mac and cheese and fried-chicken sliders complement the tasty drinks.
From West 17th Street you'll see an unmarked stairwell.
Head down and ring the doorbell, where a host will take you into the underground cosy den filled with curtained-off couches, soft music from the 1920s, and lamp strings you pull to have your waiter approach your table and take your order.
Fig. 19 sits in the back of the brightly-lit art gallery Envoy Enterprises. The doorway is plain and wouldn't catch your eye, but when you get inside you'll see two large, glittering chandeliers draped over the bar. Fresh drink ingredients include mint, rose, ginger, tarragon, and lavender.
Keep your eyes out for a sign that reads 'Lower East Side Toy Company.' Then enter through the gate, and go down a flight of steps to get to this Lower East Side speakeasy.
An original speakeasy that operated during Prohibition, the Back Room maintains an old-time feel, serving your cocktails in teacups and bottles of beers in paper bags. Its hidden entrance is the same one that was used more than 80 years ago.
There's even another room hidden within the bar, behind a trick bookcase.
PDT (Please Don't Tell) is often named one of the best bars in the city. Located inside Crif Dogs, you can access PDT by stepping into the vintage telephone booth in the restaurant, ringing the buzzer, and waiting for the hostess to open up the other side of the phone booth.
Since it's a very cosy and small speakeasy, it's best to make a reservation, but once you're inside you'll get intricate cocktails and a special menu of Crif Dogs hot dogs.
When you get to this address, you'll see a flight of unmarked stairs. Take them up to Dear Irving, which has stunning decor in four rooms representing different historical eras.
There's the JFK room, with '60s-style leather seats; the F. Scott Fitzgerald room, with glittering crystal drapes; the Abraham Lincoln room, with velvet couches and dark wood; and the Marie Antoinette room, adorned with French chandeliers, paintings, and sofas.
Every table has a buzzer you can use to call over your waiter, and you can even reserve mixology classes with its sister bar, the Raines Law Room.
Open since the mid-1990s, Angel's Share is one of the coziest speakeasies in the city, in part because no parties greater than four can get in.
It's hidden behind a door inside the Japanese eatery Village Yokocho, and the bartender makes a mean whiskey cocktail.
The bright 'psychic' sign that illuminates Employees Only isn't just for show. There is a psychic inside this small speakeasy who will tell your future for $25.
Employees Only is known as a popular late-night spot thanks to its eclectic food and drink choices, like its bone marrow poppers and its Mata Hari drink, which combines cognac, chai-flavored vermouth, and pomegranate flavours.
Williamsburg's Featherweight pays homage to its name with a large mural of a boxer on Graham Avenue -- a signal that you've arrived at the bar.
It's cash-only, but cocktails are only $11. Plus, if you can't figure out what you'd like to drink, the bartenders can whip up something special just for you.
Brooklyn Social used to be open just to a select few, but today the bar offers all guests cocktails and a traditional Italian panini.
It can be tough to miss, considering the entrance is an all-black facade with tiny slits for windows, but once you're inside, you won't regret sipping on one of their strong and flavorful drinks.
You can spot out this bar, whose entrance is a nondescript maroon door, by the bouncer sitting outside.
Downstairs, you'll find bartenders in suspenders, mustard-coloured walls, low ceilings, and an old stand-up piano that accompanies jazz performances Sundays through Thursdays. Tell the bartender your favourite type of alcohol, and he'll hand over a massive list of cocktails that use it.
This airy, two-story bar serves up signature classic cocktails, snacks, and live jazz. It's spacious for a speakeasy, with room for 25 upstairs and standing room downstairs for around 30 people.
The former antique store is in an unmarked townhouse, so once you get to the door, head down the stairs and you'll find the bouncer.
The Manderley Bar is located at the McKittrick Hotel, home to the interactive performance Sleep No More. You can still enjoy a cocktail here without attending the evening's main performance, though.
Red velvet interiors, absinthe, and actors who perform old-school tunes make you feel like you've been transported to the 1920s.
At Beauty & Essex, the entrance is a fully-functioning pawn shop where you can buy everything from earrings to antique decor.
Once you head inside, there's a grand room with a dining area, a massive chandelier, and free champagne in the ladies' room.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of MacDougal Street, 124 Old Rabbit Club offers a dimly-lit wonderland for beer lovers. The bar hosts over 70 types of beers, mostly European.
Look out for the rabbit painted on the brick wall next to its entrance, press the buzzer, and head down the rabbit hole for a few pints.
This bar is hidden behind a red door below an Italian restaurant.
The bar serves bespoke cocktails, so there's no drink list. Simply tell them what kind of drink you want, and they will make it for you.
They also have a patio that's perfect for the summer, and a chalkboard that lists the daily fresh fruits they can incorporate into your drinks.
Lantern's Keep is a small, inconspicuous bar hidden inside the Iroquois Hotel. A reservation is definitely recommended, since it does not seat many people.
Inside, the bar has a romantic atmosphere with dark walls, marbled tables, and candles. Try their Iroquois #2 cocktail, made with cognac, pineapple, lemon, angostura bitters, and yellow chartreuse.
This old horse stable-turned-speakeasy has large booth seating, a bathroom that used to be a European elevator cage, and classic cocktails with ingredients like egg whites, fresh juices, muddled fruits and vegetables, and bitters.
It's cash-only, so make sure you hit up the ATM beforehand.
To get to Lovers of Today, look for a gate marked 132 ½. Once you open the gate, you'll see soft-cushioned booths and dim alcoves that make it the perfect spot for a date night.
Inside, you'll get liquors that are all made in-house and have fun names like Satellite of Love and Waterloo Sunset.
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