The best spots for post-shift, late night drinks in Manhattan
With your crazy schedule as a hospitality employee, you can leave work very late at night. If you decide to go out after your shift ends to get drinks, you need to find bars that are still open. The places that close at midnight aren’t going to cut it. To narrow down your search, check out these highly rated Manhattan bars. Each is open until at least two in the morning.
Whiskey Tavern in Chinatown is well-loved, with a 4.5-star rating on Yelp. It’s open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m., so it’s a good choice for people who leave work in the early morning hours. The late night menu features snacks like a soft pretzel with spicy mustard and pickles for $7, chips and guacamole for $8, and chipotle beef jerky for $8. It also offers the pickle back, which is a shot of whiskey and a shot of pickle juice, for $7.
The Caledonia Bar in Yorkville is also open until 4 a.m. every night and has a 4.5-star rating on Yelp. The Caledonia Bar offers draught beer, such as Innis & Gunn for $8 and Maisel’s Weisse for $7. Both whiskey and non-whiskey cocktails are available; one is the Bramble, which combines Brockman’s Gin, muddled blackberries, and lemon juice and costs $14.
Dear Irving is located in Union Square, and it too has a 4.5-star Yelp rating. It opens every day at 5 p.m. and closes at 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, although it has an early closing of 1 a.m. on Sundays. Dear Irving is like a time machine, with rooms that evoke particular historical eras. For example, the JFK room features 1960s décor, and the Gatsby room showcases the 1920s. House creations cost $16. One is the Whiskey Business, which features rye, ancho chile liqueur, lemon, cinnamon, and angostura bitters. Devilled eggs sell for $10, and lobster rolls are $17.
The Hamilton is found on the Upper West Side. It’s open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, until 3 a.m. on Thursdays, and until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. It offers five percent off your bill for Tinder dates, but you’ll have to take out your phone and show proof. The Hamilton sells white wine, such as Folonari Pinot Grigio for $10 a glass, and bottled beer, such as Estrella Galicia for $7, along with draught beers, cocktails, and red wines. A New York cheesesteak costs $15, while the country fried chicken sells for $17.
The Dead Poet
The Dead Poet on the Upper West Side opens at noon and closes at 4 a.m., every day. In keeping with the literary theme, its walls are covered with pictures of writers and quotations from their works. House cocktails cost between $10 and $15 and are named for authors or books. The Pablo Neruda is a spiced rum sangria, and the Tennessee Williams is a sweet tea vodka and water cocktail.
After a long shift, you want to spend time with friends and relax, rather than having to leave twenty minutes after you sit down because the bar’s already closing. Choose a spot that’s open late so you have time to enjoy your night.