Dive Bar NYC
Vanguard Wine Bar
Jacob's Pickles
Jake's Dilemma
The Empire Hotel
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1. Dive Bar 732 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025 (Upper West Side)

This Upper West Side spot does its name justice, from the friendly after-work crowd and old-school jukebox to community events like trivia, karaoke, and game viewings. DB doesn't sell popular favorites such as Blue Moon or Angry Orchard, but they make up for that with varieties like Duvel, Red Stripe, and alcoholic ginger beer.

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2. Blondies 212 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Blondies has all the fixins of a quintessential sports bar: big screen TVs, cheap happy hour drinks, and all-you-can-eat-wings on Monday nights. The Upper West Side spot is usually packed with Big 10 alums cheering on their respective alma maters.

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3. Vanguard Wine Bar 189 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)

Vanguard Wine Bar is a neighborhood spot serving French wine and contemporary small plates to be enjoyed at wooden tables under low lighting. The wine list is broken up by color, body, and taste, but the real standout is the acclaimed Champagne Float -- a coupe glass of bubbly mixed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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4. The Dead Poet 450 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Dog-eared tomes line the walls of this literary themed bar on the Upper West Side where each signature drink is named for a famous dead author (we like the Whitman, Poe, and Parker), except the eponymous "The Dead Poet" -- a seriously strong libation concocted out of seven different kinds of liquor. Reliable bar food fare (burgers, nachos, and wings) is also available.

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5. Jacob's Pickles 509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Jacob's Pickles is where you go when you want a Southern comfort kind of brunch. The Upper West Side restaurant pickles everything from cucumbers and beets to green beans and carrots. The non-brined part of the menu features baked-from-scratch biscuit sandwiches, buttermilk fried chicken, and Bloody Marys served in a mason jar with a stalk of romaine, a hard boiled egg and a bacon strip. The bar is also a big player in the craft beer scene, offering a rotating selection of more than 25 microbrews on tap from New York, Maine, California and other American beer makers.

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6. Dive 75 101 W 75th St, New York, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)

Dive 75 is more than just the Upper West Side's favorite dive bar. This is the place to go when you feel like drinking some good beer AND challenging a friend to an intense game of Connect Four. The beer menu here is also extensive and constantly updated, and the food menu is full of non-dive bar foods (poutine, anyone?).

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7. Jake's Dilemma 430 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Jake's Dilemma is essentially the Upper West Side's very own frat house. Known for rowdy games of beer pong, a collection of foosball tables, and a dedicated gang of drinkers that likely belong to frats of their own, the Amsterdam Ave bar is replete with all the makings of a college party. The daily happy hour is a huge draw for its half-price drinks and discounts on wings and nachos. The music is loud and strictly Top 40 (with a few tasteful 2000s throwbacks), and the bartenders are no-nonsense and efficient.

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8. Manhattan Cricket Club 226 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Set in a 19th century apartment above Australian restaurant Burke & Wills, this speakeasy cocktail bar on the Upper West Side is an old-world gentlemen's club. You don't have to be a member to drop in for a drink, but members do get special privileges like private liquor lockers stocked with bottles of their choice, priority seating, and access to private dinner menus. The drink menu features American, Scotch, and Japanese whisky, plus a few varieties of gin, vodka, and brandy.

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9. The Bar at the Empire Hotel 44 West 63rd St, New York, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)

Planted in the remodeled Empire's lobby, this cozy, low-lit bar is bedecked in Hefner-chic, circa 1953, with 40ft high golden curtains, oak-paneled mirrors, and zebra-print ottomans. All told, it's welcome respite from slightly less dignified UWS bars lik