Brandy Library
Nancy Whiskey
Ward III
Tribeca Tavern
Mudville 9
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1. Brandy Library 25 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

With ongoing “school spirit seminars,” the Brandy Library not only teaches you about craftsmanship in the liquor-making process, they will also pour you some mighty fine stiff drinks. With over 100 different cocktails on their menu and over 900 bottles in their liquor library, if you can't find something you like here, there's just no hope.

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2. Terroir Wine Bar 24 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

Terroir is a cute and no-frills wine bar, with an eclectic wine list and tasty snacks located in Tribeca.

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3. Nancy Whiskey Pub 1 Lispenard St, New York, NY 10013

This Tribeca dive has been serving up burgers, whiskey, and shuffleboard games since 1967. It's consistently named one of the best dive bars in the city, likely for its sub-$5 drinks and decidedly charismatic bartenders who'll serve your hot fries with a wink and smile.

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4. Ward III 111 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

Ward III is a brick-walled, velvet-curtained saloon rigged with wrought-iron Moroccan gates, a back bar made from Singer sewing machines and black high-backed couches reclaimed from Wakiya. This spot is run by Tribeca bar vets (Odeon, Macao, Grace), offering a double shot of service: not only will they craft "bespoke cocktails" tailored to each patron's ill-to-well-informed desires, but they'll also keep that recipe on file under your name. You picked your poison, and now it’ll be ready when you return and request, "fix me that drink from that time with that stuff.”

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5. Tribeca Tavern 247 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

In the myriad of “lounges”, “dens”, and "hideaways" that are native to Tribeca, this dive-y spot is one of the few where you can just chill with pitchers of beer, a pool table, and relatively normal prices. Even when compared to regular pizza, not just bar pizza, the stuff here is amazing.

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6. Mudville 9 126 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007

Mudville 9 is the best possible version of a sports bar: the Tribeca spot specializes in wings, has a rotating roster of more than 100 craft beers, and is rarely overcrowded. There's a beer for every kind of drinker here, from local Pilsners and Session IPAs to gluten-free ciders and international lagers. Though the wing selection is more than satisfying (sauces include a few Buffalo heat varieties plus acquired tastes like butterscotch bourbon & bacon), standard pub food like bacon-egg-and-cheese burgers are too tempting to pass up.

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7. Weather Up 159 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

Classic and bespoke cocktails are served at this cozy, dimly lit lounge primped up with rustic fixtures and candles galore. If you don't see something you like on the menu, let one of the suspender-donning bartenders know, and they'll whip you up something extra special.

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8. Anotheroom 249 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

This cozy, concrete, and candle-lit bar is your best bet for a quiet craft brew or glass of wine below Canal. Also, they put tables out front when the weather permits, which is terrific.

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9. Paul's Cocktail Lounge 2 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013

The doorman is notoriously fickle at Paul's Cocktail Lounge, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t get in. But if you’re going to try, know that the entrance is separate from Tribeca Grand Hotel's. And if you’re not at least as beautiful and interesting as a recent-grad New School photography major with an internship at Christian Lacroix, or Chloe Sevigny's brother, you probably shouldn’t even bother.