A PR Girl’s Cheat Sheet to NYC Happy Hour

We’ve been working on our District PRofiles for a couple months now, but we still get plenty of emails and tweets asking our favorite places to chill out with friends and get our drink on. Below I’ve listed a couple of our favorite places for after-work or kick-off-the-weekend drinks, depending on your mood and area of the city.

Upper East

Classy: Uva – It’s hard finding a wine bar that isn’t sleazy or too much like a restaurant on the Upper East Side.   Try Uva for some great small plates and care-free atmosphere.   Fun Fact, John Hamm hosted a birthday party for his girlfriend there earlier this year.

Sassy:  Bar Coastal – If you’re in the mood for a dive bar, head to Bar Coastal.   They’re one of the few bars I’d actually walk into that has a “Ladies Night,” and the crowd is always fun.

Upper West

Classy: Stone Rose – One of my personal favorite locations in the city.   Amazing views from the top of the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, and they make a mean   cosmopolitan.

Sassy: PJ Clarkes – Aside from boasting some of the best burgers in town, the Upper West Side location is a known hangout for preppy types grabbing a drink before dinner or a show.


Classy: The Library Hotel – Beautiful views from the enclosed rooftop, and a laid back atmosphere.

Sassy: Park Avenue Tavern – A cool watering hole for those working in the mid 30’s, and a welcome change from Brother Jimmy’s and The Wharf.


Classy:  Asellina – We’ve recommended Asellina before.   Try the back patio while the weather is still warm.

Sassy: Rodeo Bar – No mechanical bull, but there is live music on the weekends and peanut shells on the floor.   Best frozen margaritas in the city, in my opinion.


Classy: Pravda -an elegant vodka bar in Nolita.   They create their own infused vodkas – try the apple martini with cinnamon for a soothing taste of fall.

Sassy: Though downtown doesn’t usually pick up until after 10pm, we have a couple of suggestions here.   We’ve already reviewed Frying Pan and The Anchor, but if you’re looking for something a bit different try Common Ground.   Cool dive bar with tons of board games to play (great ice breaker for that cutie in the corner).


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