The Best Bars In Lower Manhattan To Get Your Drink On

Lindsey Washington
Lindsey Washington aka lindsanity to her friends can either be found roaming the city looking for shade or out with friends throwing shade. She is currently trying to work on her obsession with Lil Wayne and accepting the fact that they will probably never get married, also Drake.

Manhattan is full of exciting bars, clubs, lounges, and restaurants…basically any sort of combination of the above. Though, despite the unlimited amount of options on a Tuesday night, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and even easier to stumble into a place that looks fun from the outside but actually turns out to be an 115 degree hell hole (shout out to Rivington R+B.)

In order to avoid all that noise, I’ve compiled a list of bars you can go to when you’ve been appointed social planner for the night or just don’t want to disappoint yourself. I’m a Downtown girl, so I am super biased, but the best bars are there. Step up your downtown game with this list:


For those warmer nights, when you’re downtown or in the Bowery area:

When it’s warm outside and you’re trying to catch some breeze, definitely go to B Bar & Grill. It’s huge — outdoor seating, indoor seating, dance floor area, and enough bar seating for everyone and their mother huge.

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But, if you’re looking to break a sweat, I would highly suggest Phebe’s. It’s also big enough to get lost in with fantastic music and a low creep factor.

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When you’re a little further downtown or on the Lower East Side: This is for my lower east side crowd. I know that there are a thousand bars here and it’s hard to choose just one, but there a couple I’ve been known to frequent: Lucky Jacks, The Fat Black Pussycat, Prohibition, The DL, Dark Room, BUT– I have my main piece that I cannot get enough of: 200 Orchard. The music is so good, not just like, “Oh hey, I can sing-along-to-this-good.” But like, “Let-me-take-out-my-phone-and-shazam-this-good.”

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If you’re a little further uptown but not above 14th street: 

I’ve been to this place twice in the past month, which means it’s basically my new hot spot – Bar None. Every once in a awhile you’ll get together with some old friends and start reminiscing about the good old days, when you’d all go out, dance until 4 a.m., order drunk pizza together and watch re-runs of “Intervention” until you passed out on the sofa. That is what Bar None is to me, a reminder of the good old days. The DJ is great, I think the drinks are cheap, (I’ve never actually bought one) and the location is prime. I can always get my Upper West Side friends down here. Plus, if you go and happen to not like it, there are 375 other bars within a one mile radius.

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When you try to be bourgeoisie in the West Village: Besides fancy restaurants and clubs in the West Village (some of which I love) you have to search for a good bar. One of my favorites is Fiddlestick. It’s super chill, the music is good, and it’s normally not too crowded. If you’re more of a club person, head on over to the Meatpacking district and prepare to break your ankles on the cobblestone.


When you’re kind of in that weird area in-between Tribeca and Soho:

 This area is kind of expensive and not really going-out friendly, but there is one place I go to for a good time. M1-5 Lounge is the kind of place where you can dance all night to 90’s throwbacks or bop out to some top 40. They have a really big dance floor, a huge private area in case you’re trying to have a birthday party for somebody and plenty of bar seating.

Fun fact: the bathroom line always moves super quickly thanks to the abundance of stalls.

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