Let's face it: most people who don't live in Tribeca don't spend a ton of time there. But 1) you might get rich and move there, at literally any time! And 2) other things could happen that'll drop you into the triangle below Canal. When that goes down, our nine favorite bars will be waiting there for you.
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Best whiskey bar: Brandy Library
25 N Moore St #1
It's staggeringly well stocked with the rarest Cognacs, single malts, and Japanese whiskeys, for those relaxing times when you want to quote Billy Murray saying "for relaxing times". Employees are referred to as librarians, but they won't shush you, and don't know crap about microfiche.
Best wine bar: Terroir
24 Harrison St
Cute and frill-free with an eclectic wine list and tasty snacks, Terroir's 5-7pm happy hour means half-off the already reasonably priced vino. Their tagline is, “The elitist wine bar for everyone”, which makes no sense, to everyone. But that's fine.
Best dive bar: Nancy Whiskey Pub
1 Lispenard St
The drinks are cheap, the shuffleboard table is short, and you definitely won’t feel like you’re in Tribeca. And although the bar is old as hell, the white-bearded barman who takes shots all day is older. A friend swears he once witnessed him berate a Cosmo-ordering male model with "We don't serve that sh*t here, get the f*ck out!" This friend has a reputation for making up elaborate lies, but at the very least, this is definitely the kind thing that could happen at this place.
Best crowded cocktail bar, but we're cool with that: Ward III
111 Reade St
Maybe it’s jammed because of the extensive range of house cocktails, or because the bartender will make you a personalized drink based off base spirits and flavors you choose, or because of delicious small plates like bacon-wrapped dates. Or maybe it's simply because you can order all of the above until 4am.
Best bar with the best bar pizza: Tribeca Tavern
247 W Broadway
Even when compared to pizza-pizza -- not just bar pizza -- these things are amazing. Amongst the myriad “lounges”, “dens”, and "hideaways" native to Tribeca, this divey block-to-blocker is one of the few where you can just chill with pitchers of beer, a pool table, and relatively normal prices/people.
Best sports bar: Mudville 9
126 Chambers St
It's your standard sports bar, but better. There're 10 flavors of chicken wings, 150 craft taps that rotate weekly, and 500,000 screens for game-viewing. Miraculously, it's rarely overcrowded because rich people don't care about sports, or something.
Cocktail: Weather Up
159 Duane St
The super-fresh potions in this amber-lit, retro cocktail lounge are simply delicious, and the suspendered bartenders will happily whip you up something special if you don’t see what you like on the menu.
249 W Broadway
Alright, we’re not here to lie to you -- there are better bars in this city for beer. That said, this cozy, concrete, candle-lit bar is the Tribeca ticket if you want a quiet craft brew or glass of wine below Canal (no booze, sorry Rip Torn). Also, they put tables out front when the weather permits, which is terrific.
Best bar you can't get into: Paul's Cocktail Lounge
2 Avenue of the Americas
The doorman is notoriously fickle, 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 the Tribeca Grand Hotel's and that 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.
1. Brandy Library25 N Moore St, New York
2. Terroir Wine Bar24 Harrison St, New York
3. Nancy Whiskey Pub1 Lispenard St, New York
4. Ward III111 Reade Street, New York
5. Tribeca Tavern247 W Broadway, New York
6. Mudville 9126 Chambers St, New York
7. Weather Up159 Duane St, New York
8. Anotheroom249 W Broadway, New York
9. Paul's Cocktail Lounge2 Avenue of the Americas, New York
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.
Terroir is a cute and no-frills wine bar, with an eclectic wine list and tasty snacks located in Tribeca.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.