Croxley's Ale House
Alphabet City Beer Co.
Andrew Zimmer
Twitter/Ace Bar
Thrillist
No Malice Palace
Thrillist
7B
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1. Croxley Ales 28 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

One of a handful of locations in the greater New York area, the East Village's Croxley Ale delivers beer and wings in a dark tavern space complete with mounted TVs. Croxley might be a sports bar, but don't expect typical sports bar beer (read: Bud, Miller, or Coors). Instead, you'll find an expansive and rotating roster of craft beer from near and far, bottled and on tap. The food menu sticks to the bar food canon (that's a good thing) with sauce-covered Buffalo wings, crispy mozzarella sticks, and mounds of nachos.

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2. The Summit Bar 133 Ave C , New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

With a top-flight cocktail bar, The Summit Bar is a fun, but relatively quiet spot, which makes shmoozing the babe sitting on one of those velvet banquettes easier. That failing, just hit up the 5:30pm-7:30pm oyster happy hour that happens every damn day.

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3. Alphabet City Beer Co. 96 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

What could possibly be more alluring than a craft beer store that doubles as a bar? With some 350 varieties of suds, Alphabet City Beer Co. is a beer nerd's paradise. Inside the cozy, clubhouse-like spot, you'll find a dozen tap beers available on a rotating basis and an extensive selection of bottles in the refrigerators lining the walls. Food is minimal and strictly falls under the bar food category (Sigmund's pretzels, grilled cheese, and meat plates), but it's just enough to entice you to stay for a cold beer, even if you only came to pick up a six-pack.

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4. Drop Off Service 211 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Drop Off Service has delicious meat pies, awesome beers on tap, and they let dogs inside. So basically, it's the ultimate adult playground.

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5. Lovers of Today 132 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

You have to walk through a mass of garbage cans to get here because it’s downstairs behind Niagara, but we promise the inside is actually really romantic. This is mostly because the space is so tiny, you have no choice but to get real close, but also because there’s good music, great cocktails, and very little of the attitude we’ve come to expect from an intimate basement cocktail lounge.

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6. Ace Bar 531 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Ace Bar has been serving up cheap drinks to East Village locals since 1992 and is known for its laid-back atmosphere and excellent arcade game collection. The bar stretches two huge rooms and offers plenty of seating, as well as two pool tables, two dart boards, pinball, Big Buck Hunter, and Skee-Ball. It also has a special projection TV system for games and 12 beers on tap.

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7. Sing Sing Ave A 81 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Sing Sing Ave A, the karaoke and drinks bar, is quite a bit smaller than its East Village cousin. While the decision to go there is not a bad one, once you’re in that private room with a belly full of sake and a Jordin Sparks jam on deck, all bets are off.

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8. The Wayland 700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

From a duo that spent many years bartending, cooking, and consulting in the restaurant business, The Wayland is a live-music cocktail bar in the heart of Alphabet City that aces the neighborhood watering hole game. Connected to the bar is a kitchen that specializes in small plates like raw (or fried) oysters, pork belly BLTs, and fried mashed potatoes. The cocktails reflect a DIY approach, with hours of prep work just to produce house-made radish, spiced apple, and key lime-flavored bitters.

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9. Zum Schneider 107 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

The OG of NYC beer gardens, this German spot is a go-to if you're looking for an authentic German beer and brat session. Though the space isn't typical for a beer garden (as in, there's no garden), the Alphabet City spot has sidewalk seating and communal tables inside.

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10. The No Malice Palace 197 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

DJs spin a mix of hip-hop, R&B, 80’s, Funk, and Soul on Fridays and Saturdays here, so in theory, NMP is excellent for dancing. But sometimes it’s so packed that you can only really shuffle in place. Those nights also come with a shot and beer special, though, so who's to say you'll know the difference.

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11. The Library 7 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (Gramercy)

This East Village rock & roll bar is a neighborhood classic. It's staffed mainly with badass female bartenders covered in tattoos and has a great mix of old regulars and younger people looking for a dive bar. The Library's jukebox is known for its punk rock jams and the best thing about its beer is how cheap it is.

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12. Pouring Ribbons 225 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

This cocktail lounge, tucked into a wood-paneled, second-floor space, brings an upscale-meets-gentlemen's club feel to Alphabet City. Expert bartenders mix drinks like you’ve never tasted before, like a coconut Tiki martini and an old-fashioned with bourbon, apple brandy, and rum. The bar bites menu, created by the folks at Beecher’s Cheese, is heavy on the cheese and charcuterie.

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13. Il Posto Accanto 190 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Where this intimate Alphabet City bar lacks in size, it makes up for in offerings. Il Posto Accanto boasts a global wine menu alongside affordable Italian fare and late-night bites. And just as important as the food and drink is the bars genuine, old-school NYC vibe: it's dimly lit, unfussy, and hosts a great rotation of jazz artists.

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14. Vazacs Horseshoe Bar / 7B 108 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Vazacs Horseshoe Bar, also known as 7B, is an East Village staple with a star-studded history. The arched castle-like doors and rough brick exterior served as the façade of the Life Café in the movie Rent, and the interiors were used for The Godfather, Part II and Marvel's Jessica Jones. To East Village/Alphabet City locals, it's known as the perfect dive to meet your friends and throw back some cheap beers.

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15. Boxcar Lounge 168 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Boxcar has happy hour deals every night of the week for you and your friends to enjoy. They also have an awesome backyard patio that can be enjoyed in the summer or winter via their retractable awning.

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