There are some people who are purists when it comes to drinks.  Some who believe the best drinks are the oldest.  Who pick drinks based on what their older relatives have always had. Who value tradition over fads. If you belong to this group, check out our list of some of the best places to grab a drink, your way.


Dublin House

Dating back to the Prohibition Era, Dublin House is a true New York bar with Irish roots. This bar is unpretentious and friendly.  Don’t expect any umbrellas in your drink, and you won’t be disappointed.  It opens at 8am on weekdays, and noon on Sunday.  Look for the iconic harp sign if you happen to get lost.

225 West 79th Street

New York, NY


Ear Inn

Some places are classic because of their historic significance. Located in the James Brown House, the Ear Inn has been serving drinks to New Yorkers for over a hundred years. It’s so old that there are ghosts said to be haunting the upstairs.

326 Spring St

New York, NY

(212) 226-9060


The Campbell Apartment

Luxurious and comforting, this spot has old New York charm.  Like a relic frozen in time, the bar glows with sophistication.  A great place to order a whiskey, and enjoy a moment to yourself in a cozy atmosphere.

15 Vanderbilt Ave.

New York, NY

(212) 953-0409

Pete’s Tavern

It’s said that O. Henry, author of “The Gift of the Magi” frequented this old New York staple. Pete’s Tavern continues its long-held tradition of serving delicious Italian-American fare alongside their famous house ale.  The perfect place for a pint when you don’t want to be bothered with pretense.

129 E. 18th St.

New York, NY

(212) 473-7676


Hudson Bar & Books

Non-smokers may not appreciate the atmosphere in this cigar-friendly bar, but if you are an avid cigar aficionado and enjoy a smoke with your drink, this may be the place for you. Cozy, yet sophisticated, this bar is lined with books. If you’re a fan of whiskey, come on Tuesdays when your favorite drinks are on special.

636 Hudson St. New York, NY

(212) 229-2642

2nd Floor on Clinton

Are you one who prefers discretion? The 2nd Floor on Clinton is the spot for you. Comfortable and quiet, this bar has a great brandy list and excellent chocolates for those with a sweet tooth.

67 Clinton St.

New York, NY

(212) 529-6900


What is your favorite bar in the city? Let us know where you go to unwind after a long week of work before heading home on one of our Seastreak ferries!

Sea you soon,

The Seastreak Family

Filed Under: Destination Guides, New York City