Since opening in June of 2009, the High Line has become one of Manhattan’s most buzzed-about attractions and possibly the best locale for sunset viewing. With a newly opened section stretching to 30th street, the elevated rail-turned-park is a stunning example of urban renewal. While the new addition to the High Line is planned to conclude with an outdoor bar managed by Tom Colicchio, you might get thirsty along the way. Here are the best bars nearby. By Selena Ricks-Good.
Opened in 2004 in the midst of the Meatpacking District’s clubby heyday, Brass Monkey has offered a refreshing scene for beer lovers ever since. Choose from more than 20 beers on draft and more than 70 by the bottle at this tri-level bar complete with a roofdeck overlooking the Hudson. Expect a crowded scene latenight on weekends, as Brass Monkey accepts all of the spillover from the exclusive clubs nearby like Tenjune.
Biergarten at The Standard Hotel
Typically bustling with a fashion-forward crowd, this beer garden directly underneath the High Line offers communal seating for 200. Line up carnival-style to buy food and drink tickets, $8 each, and settle in for a German brew with bites such as bratwurst, currywurst or pretzels. For extra fun, check out the ping-pong tables or the photo booth next to the bathrooms inside the Standard Grill.
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No longer the hot nightspot it used to be, The Park is still a solid choice for a drink in their lush patio garden. Sip a mojito and nibble on a margarita pizza or burger while you scope the foot traffic on 10th Avenue. You might even hear birds chirping in the trees overhead. After hours, the music is cranked and diners turn into dancers—a scene that is hit-or-miss depending on the night you go.
Around the corner from Donatella Arpaia’s namesake pizzeria (there’s a secret entrance in the back), DBar whips up fresh ingredient cocktails in a neighborhood full of nightclubs. DBar has all the luxe details you would expect given its location, like plush banquettes and chandeliers, but the atmosphere is surprisingly laid-back. Crafty cocktails include the Mooner (moonshine, Martini & Rossi Rosso, chocolate bitters and flaming orange peel). And if you’re hungry, DBar serves the same menu of pizza, fritti and pastas as Donatella.
The view here of the Hudson River and boats floating by is unbeatable—and hey, you’re on a boat too! The lightship Frying Pan, built in 1929, is living out its golden years as a floating dive bar. Grab your friends and quench your thirst with a bucket of six Coronas ($35) and munch on pier food like burgers, mussels and Little Neck clams.
Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.