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Bridge Café


In the shadow of the austere Brooklyn Bridge sits New York City’s longest-operating drinking establishment, the aptly-named Bridge Café. Built in 1794, it opened its doors as a bar in 1847, thirty-six years before the completion of the bridge. Today, the single-malt whiskeys and soft-shell crabs are still favorites among the locals.

279 Water Street


The Oldest Bars In Manhattan

Want a bit of history to accompany your brew? Drink where many, many have drunk before.

Fraunces Tavern

Opened in 1762, this meeting place for revolutionary leaders – including General George Washington – is now a full-service restaurant and museum.
54 Pearl Street, 10004

Ear Inn

Where the atmosphere is still as old as the house it’s located in, which is about 150 years.
326 Spring Street, 10013

McSorley’s Old Ale House

Serving only two types of beer (“light” or “dark”) since 1854.
15 East 7th Street, 10003

The White Horse Tavern

Famed literary hangout since 1878 and death place of “poet, scholar, and gentleman” Dylan Thomas.
567 Hudson Street, 10014

Waterfront Crab House

Crammed with memorabilia that might just date back to the bar’s opening in 1881.
02-03 Borden Avenue, 11101

Old Town Bar

Opened as Viemeister’s in 1892. If you search the booths hard enough, you can find the hidden compartments used to store drinks during Prohibition-era raids.
45 East 18th Street, 10003

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

Opened by Czech immigrants in 1910, this outdoor space boasts comfortable seating for 900.
29-19 4th Avenue, 11102


  • By Brian Gallagher – 05-13-08 at 9:54 am

    What about Fraunces Tavern, operating since 1762 on the corner of Pearl and Broad St? A place where Goerge Washington use to hang out.

  • By CiNYC – 05-14-08 at 9:45 am

    Good call Brian. We’ll check it out and include it on the list. Keep writing in and give us more suggestions!

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