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NYC’s 8 Best Rainy Day Bars & Drinking Spots

January 16, 2014 12:30 PM

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This winter has sure been dreary so far, but don’t let wet weather put a dent in your happy hour plans. Whether you want to venture outside for dinner or drinks – or both – you don’t have to order in. From grown-up bowling alleys to movie theater bars, we have the skinny on where to hang when it rains.

Brooklyn Winery

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213 North 8th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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The urban winery and winemaking center’s newly built Atrium, located in the heart of Willamsburg, includes 1,000 square feet of glass enclosed space, allowing the natural the natural light to flood in. Transparent glass ceilings, abundant foliage, rustic natural and reclaimed materials and an immense airy entryway, which can be left open for outdoor expose, emanate the feeling of being outside, so guests stay dry — while sipping an equally dry Rosé.

Carnival NYC at Bowlmor Lanes Midtown

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222 W. 44th St.
New York, NY
(212) 680-0012

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We know you want to avoid Times Square, but this is the place in NYC for grown-up bowling – our favorite bad weather activity from childhood. After the snowstorms of 2010-2011 caused flooding damage to Carnival at Bowlmor Lanes Union Square, the big top action moved to Bowlmor’s 90,000-square-foot Times Square venue. The former Subway Lanes have been converted into The Coney Island Room featuring classic boardwalk games such as Skeeball, Milk Money, Krazy Kats and Fish Pong. An adjacent lounge area, Luna Park, features the Basket Case, Put a Ring on It, and Who Darted games.

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848 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014
(877) 550-4646

Having already made our list for NYC’s best beer gardens, the Standard’s summertime haunt might not be the first place you think to head when it rains. But the hotspot – right under the High Line – is an enclosed space, featuring a classic German menu, complete with sausages, flavorful beers and pretzels. The weather-proof Biergarten transforms for rain or shine, so guests still feel like they are outdoors no matter the weather.

Jimmy at the James Hotel

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15 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 201-9118

One of our picks for Soho’s best cocktail bars, the Jimmy is a bar on the 18th floor of the James Hotel. The roof-top bar is a year-round destination with its roof deck for warm, sunny weather as well as its inside lounge area with panoramic floor to ceiling glass windows that offer stunning views of the Big Apple. We’re big fans of the B.M.O.C cocktail – a concoction of cola with amaretto, lime juice and beer.


Barcade patrons play tennis on the Nintendo Wii

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388 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 302-6464

Hide out with beer nerds and video game junkies alike. The two groups combine their hipster pastimes at Williamsburg’s Barcade, specializing in craft beer and old-school arcade games. Pump quarters into ’80s classics such as Donkey Kong, Frogger, Q-bert and Ms. Pac-man and more while you sip draft beers. Brooklyn Oktoberfest, Southampton Pumpkin Ale and Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder are among the 25 beers currently on tap.

Sweet Afton

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30-09 34th St.
Astoria, NY
(718) 777-2570

Queens is known for its popular beer gardens, so you might think this borough isn’t ideal when looking for a happy hour or a night out in wet weather. Not true. The team behind the West Village’s Wilfie and Nell opened this rustic Astoria cocktail bar in 2009, bringing the neighborhood a drinking alternative. Sporting reclaimed wood and Edison bulbs, the gastropub offers a cozy vibe and a list of classic and house cocktails. Try the Rye Root Beer (Rye whiskey, homemade root beer and vanilla) or the Dirty Pickle Martini (vodka, McClure’s pickle juice and McClure’s pickles) and you’ll feel like a local in no time.

reRun Gastropub Theater

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147 Front St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Don’t just go to the movies. Brooklyn’s reRun theater offers a unique cinematic experience for those looking to enjoy an indie film. Instead of your typical soda-and-popcorn, guests are treated to a full bar with rotating taps, organic wine and a full liquor cabinet. Additionally, the bar offers traditional and creative snacks made by a renowned pastry team.

Ace Bar

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531 E. 5th St.
New York, NY
(212) 979-8476

Skeeball, pinball, darts, pool and punk rock combine at this East Village bar-meets-rec room. The inner child-vibe is further indulged with a wall display of vintage lunch boxes. From Harpoon IPA to Radeberger Pilsner, Ace’s 12 draft beers drop to just $3-$4 during Monday night football games, which are shown on two flatscreens.

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