Nightlife & Bars
Though perhaps not known for a non-stop party embraced by other neighborhoods, what you will find for nightlife in the area is excellent. Sophisticated wine bars, casual sports bars, cozy pubs for beer enthusiasts, elegant rooftop bars with breathtaking skyline views — whatever you’re in the mood for, it won’t be a challenge to find.
Named after Irish novelist James Joyce’s fictional protagonist Leopold Bloom, this Irish pub takes its heritage quite seriously. The brainchild of three Irish entrepreneurs, the tavern remains one of the few in town with a working fireplace. Soak up your choice of cocktails, beer, or wine with one of Bloom’s’ excellent steaks or pastas or try house specials like a beef-laden shepherd’s pie and a chicken pot pie.
208 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022
Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles
Sutton Bar Room
This vintage-inspired bar can get pretty crowded, but that’s how you know it’s a local favorite. Located in the cozy micro-neighborhood of Sutton Place, the bar offers no food—drinks only! Luckily, those drinks are fantastic, affordable, and served with New York speed. Whether you’re ordering an old-fashioned that infuses rye whiskey with 15-year Maduro tobacco or a rosé slushy crowd-pleaser, you’ll have plenty of reason to raise a glass to this lovable neighborhood spot.
1074 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022
Distance from hotel: 0.5 miles
German beers will feel at home at this sprawling indoor beer hall fitted with communal tables, a fireplace, and a free, serve-yourself popcorn machine. Whether you want to sit and enjoy your brews with some fitting German-American bar food or stay on your feet for ping pong and pinball, Treadwell Park has something for you.
1125 1st Ave, New York, NY 10065
Distance from hotel: 0.9 miles
Serena’s Wine Bar
Street seating is highly coveted in New York, and this boutique wine bar has some to offer. The globe-trotting wine list will take you from France and Sonoma to Argentina and back, while the grub menu spotlights panini and flatbread along with totally solid cheese and meat boards.
1268 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10065
Distance from hotel: 0.5 miles
Doc Watson’s lives up to the name with old school charm and a lively crowd. Here, find plenty of gut-sticking updates to the pub-grub standards—think a bacon-wrapped bratwurst, buttermilk fried chicken, or all-day Irish breakfast—to munch on while sipping your pint of Guinness. If the weather is nice, be sure to check out the bar’s sidewalk cafe or beer garden out back.
1490 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075
Distance from hotel: 0.6 miles
UVA Wine Bar
Stepping into UVA Wine Bar is like walking out of the hustle of New York City and into a cozy Italian farmhouse. This relaxed wine bar is accommodating in size but manages to feel intimate nonetheless, and you’ll have your pick between the main dining room, a private wine cellar, or the year-round patio. Classic Italian fare is served up alongside fresh takes, and an extensive wine list ensures you’ll enjoy your time in this rustic enclave.
1486 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075
Distance from hotel: 0.8 miles
San Matteo is a family-friendly piece of southern Italy nestled in the Upper East Side. The inviting atmosphere is only rivaled by the food. Authentic Neapolitan cuisine is served up, and you’d be wise to try their wood-fired pizzas. The space itself is open and inviting, and there are plenty of options you can choose from aside from pizza. Catch a seat at the bar fashioned from old wine bottles to watch your pizza being fired!
1559 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028
Distance from hotel: 1.1 miles
Dorrian’s Red Hand
Dorrian’s has been a staple of the Upper East Side since its humble beginnings as an Irish pub over 50 years ago. This timeless institution has grown from a small corner bar into a fully-fledged restaurant space with outdoor seating, and the space carries with it every bit of charm it had since inception. Dorrian’s has a strong regular crowd and has a rich history that only a bar of its age could establish.
1616 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028
Distance from hotel: 1 mile