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1. Corner Bistro 331 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

From the outside, Corner Bistro seems like an unassuming dive, but step inside this iconic NYC establishment, which touts itself as one of "the last of the bohemian bars" in West Village, and you'll find plenty of local charm. A timeless NYC tavern and dive, Corner Bistro is renowned for its burgers; piled high with juicy beef, crispy bacon and melted American cheese, they're tasty, satisfying, and affordable.

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2. Village Tavern 46 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This old school dive bar is a good place to watch the big game on TV. Drinks are the main act here, with a good selection of draft beers. Video games galore can also be found at this spot.

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3. Bar Sardine 183 W. 10th Street, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Opened by restaurateur Gabriel Stulman, Bar Sardine is part of the Happy Cooking family of restaurants that includes Perla, Fedora, Joseph Leonard, and Jeffrey's Grocery Restaurant and Bar. On the menu you can expect light bar food that rotates seasonally, with the exception of the hearty Gruyère grilled cheese or the Fedora Burger, both of which remain popular staples. The bar is in the center of the snug room, and drink rails line the walls of the windows where you can sip on great cocktails, a beer, or a glass of wine.

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4. The Garret 296 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

The Garret is a handsome, speakeasy-esque cocktail bar tucked away about the West Village Five Guys. In addition to the bar area that sits below massive skylights, there's a cozy alcove by an old fireplace where you can sip craft cocktails from an inventive booze program, and if you get hungry, you can order one of the special Five Guys burgers exclusive to the bar.

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5. Fat Cat 75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Fat Cat's impressive rows of ping pong, pool, and shuffleboard tables, plus Scrabble galore, will boggle the mind even before the shockingly good live jazz gets going. Don't expect to get a table right away -- especially on the weekends -- but if you're interested in entering one of its gaming tournaments, check out their website for an updated list of dates, times, and prices.

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6. Little Branch 20 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Stashed in a hard-to-locate, speakeasy-style basement where the bartenders wear suspenders and the standup piano encourages jazz trios, Little Branch is a Prohibition-style bar doing cocktails like Sidecars and Aviations. The space is dark and candlelit, and if you don't want to squint at the menu in a dark corner feel free to have the bartender whip up something customized for you.

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7. Highlands 150 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Highlands in the West Village is an upscale gastropub with a Scottish-inspired menu. This classy dinner and drinks spot features dishes like beer-brined chicken, braised pork shanks, and of course, Scotch eggs. Scotch, malt whiskey, and gin-based libations take center stage on the cocktail menu. Brick walls, tartan chairs, and a mounted buck’s head give the whole restaurant an old-fashioned, rustic feel.

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8. Dublin 6 575 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Dublin 6 has been bringing the luck of the Irish to the West Village since 2003. Outdoor seating and a fireplace make this a comfortable place to share a drink (we recommend the Luscious Lou) or snack (like Kobe Pigs in a Blanket).

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9. Daddy-O 44 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

Serving right up until their own 4a close, the spot known for having one of the best burgers in town has other out-all-night-friendly choices, including the Zweigles Dog covered in Norm's Beef Hot Sauce, and a must-have heaping pile of "Jamie Gordon Tater Tots" topped with jalapenos and cheese. Just don't let anyone tell you they're nacho tots.

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10. Johnny's Bar 90 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

A colorful, lively tavern and taproom, Johnny's in the West Village is a neighborhood dive, through and through. No matter the day of the week, neighborhood barflies zip into this cozy counter space (the bar is roughly the size of a subway car) and knock a few back after hours. The collage-like aesthetic of the narrow, brick-walled interior space only adds to its friendly and intimate feel.

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11. Anfora 34 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Anfora-goers are sure to find a great beer selection, creative house cocktails, and a bar menu filled with snacks, charcuterie, cheeses & sandwiches. The atmosphere is typical of most West Village haunts -- it's intimate and cozy and the place is pretty small (so make sure to get there early to snag a corner booth).

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12. Galway Hooker Downtown 133 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Named for the traditional fishing boat typically found in Western Ireland, this cavernous, four-story bar in the West Village boasts multiple screens for game-watching and a beyond-satisfactory draft beer selection. And much like its Midtown cousin, Galway Hooker's spacious interior and cozy, seafaring decor has made it a popular neighborhood haunt.

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13. The Blind Tiger 281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Arguably the epitome of a New York City craft beer bar and a true pioneer in the NYC craft scene, Blind Tiger’s been doling out a fine selection of the top tier libations since it opened in 1995. It’s the go-to spot to meet folks from your favorite breweries who happen to be swinging through town, and the tap takeovers are legendary to say the least. Sip from 28 taps, two casks and a staggering list of microbrew bottles.

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14. Vol de Nuit 148 W 4th Street, New York, NY 10012 (West Village)

Vol de Nuit is completely sequestered from your frustrating weekly existence: an unmarked bar and courtyard, hidden in an alley where you'd expect to find a vermin war between pigeons and rats, not the city's best selection of Belgian brews.

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15. Employees Only 510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This dimly lit industry bar/restaurant/lounge is tucked away from the busy streets of the West Village but inside, there's a bustling social scene and warm, welcoming ambiance. EO’s mixologists are constantly creating new and serving old-time, all-time favorite cocktails. Try the Billionaire Cocktail -- a bourbon drink made with lemon, EO’s own grenadine, and Angostura bitters. You’ll feel right at home with a staff that acts like a family, bonded by a shared love of EO (and they’ve all got the “EO” tattoos to prove it). Be sure to chat up the head bartender, who was a subject in the documentary Hey Bartender.

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16. Wilfie & Nell 228 West 4th St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This compact & homey West Village space serves locally-sourced pub food (like Scotch eggs and shepherds pie) alongside a selection of craft cocktails. There are communal tables as well as bar seats, all of which get packed with lively after-work crowds. There's no pretension and reservations aren't accepted, so come as you are, mingle, and be flexible.

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17. The Rusty Knot 412 West St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Located on the banks of the Hudson, The Rusty Knot is decked out with oat wheels, electric lanterns, and Antonio Varga sailor pin-ups. Tropical cocktails like the Singapore Sling or the Mai Tai will cost you, but mainly the next morning -- these dirt-cheap happy hour specials are made strong! Kick back with your Tiki cocktail, and soon you’ll see why this is a go-to place amongst city locals.

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18. White Horse Tavern 567 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Dating back to 1880 as a hangout for longshoremen, this West Village saloon later became a popular gathering spot for literary lushes like Michael Harrington, James Baldwin, Dan Wakefield, John Ashbery, and Hunter S. Thompson; a popular myth even says that Dylan Thomas’ ghost haunts his favorite table in the room where his picture now hangs. Take your chances with a ghost run-in and enjoy the roomy West Village digs (a rarity for the neighborhood's bars) with a beer or cocktail, but remember to grab cash beforehand, since debit and credit aren't accepted.

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19. Kettle of Fish 59 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Kettle of Fish, opened in 1950 and moved locations twice since, was once a haunt of Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan. Bought by a Wisconsinite somewhere along the way, Kettle of Fish is a popular spot to toss back a few beers and catch the Packers onscreen.

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20. Arthur's Tavern 57 Grove St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This West Village jazz club has been bustling since it first opened in the 1930s. There’s no cover but there is a two-drink minimum, so settle in at the long wooden bar and get ready for a night of live music that usually varies between jazz, blues, and New Orleans-style Dixieland.