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When it comes to bars in New York’s Financial District, there’s no shortage of choices.
But you only want the best, so we’ve put together a list of the top 18 bars in the area, based on Yelp reviews, a consensus from FiDi locals, and our own experiences.
From Irish pubs to upscale restaurants where Wall Streeters wine and dine, these are the best spots to head this summer.
Brittany Fowler contributed reporting to an earlier version of this post.
Stone Street Tavern
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Stone Street is one of the most iconic drinking spots in FiDi, and Stone Street Tavern is right in the center of the hubbub. Since Stone Street is closed to traffic, you can easily enjoy a drink outdoors while people-watching.
Beckett’s Bar and Grill
Located in a circa-1603 building that used to house New York City’s first printing press, Beckett’s combines old-school style and new-school drinking with two floors and plenty of TVs.
Beckett’s is one door down from the Stone Street Tavern and has a similar outside-seating setup for summertime drinking.
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Built in 1719, Fraunces Tavern is one of the oldest bars in the country. George Washington even frequented the iconic tavern.
Today, it continues to draw patrons to its Porterhouse Bar with its cool history and large beer selection. If beer isn’t your flavor, the tavern’s Dingle Whiskey Bar has many fine whiskeys and liquors.
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Located near the old Fulton Fish Market in the South Street Seaport, Fresh Salt has a creative cocktail menu and a selection of simple food items like sandwiches and soup.
There’s a daily happy hour on wine and beer.
The Full Shilling
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The Full Shilling bills itself as an authentic Irish pub – and it is. The bar’s interior was shipped directly from Ireland, and the 105-year-old main backbar and counter are from Belfast.
The bar’s short distance from the New York Stock Exchange has made it a popular place for after-work drinks among Wall Streeters.
The Growler Bites and Brews
Another Stone Street favorite, The Growler Bites and Brews features a wide variety of beers and cocktails.
The bar is busiest on weekends, when patrons come for the $15 unlimited, build-your-own Bloody Mary bar (noon until 5 p.m.). There is also a cocktail bar called Underdog below the main bar. And for those who love dogs, the place is filled with murals and figurines of man’s best friend.
Ryan Maguire’s Ale House
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Ryan Maguire’s is a longstanding favorite drinking spot in the area. It has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and isn’t as rowdy as your typical Irish pub.
The restaurant serves brunch, lunch, dinner, and bar bites alongside beer, wine, and cocktails.
The Dead Rabbit
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Dead Rabbit won the prestigious title of “best bar in the world” last October, and rightly so. It takes the best bits of an Irish pub and mixes it with a prime cocktail bar experience.
It isn’t known only for its killer cocktails – it also has an exciting food menu. Expect a mix of substantial-sized bar snacks and heartier traditional English dishes such as shepherd’s pie ($19) and fish and chips ($20).
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This 28,000-square-foot complex is right on the Hudson River, overlooking the Statue of Liberty. It has four different bars inside, including a Cuban cocktail bar called Blacktail, which was created by the owners of Dead Rabbit.
Pier A is a great spot for after-work sundowners and snacks, plus there’s plenty of space to host private parties.
Mad Dog and Beans
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Mad Dog and Beans stands out as one of the few Mexican cantinas in the heart of the Financial District.
It serves some of the best guacamole with homemade chips and margaritas south of City Hall, and its decor is based off of scenes from the Mexican Revolution, complete with black-and-white photos of banditos.
Ulysses’ Folk House
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Named after the novel penned by Irish author James Joyce, this is one of New York’s best-known bars, top-rated for its beers, pub fare, and cocktails. It has a live music stage inside and outside seating on the Stone Street entrance.
121 Fulton Street
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This upscale gastropub serves American fare seven days a week. It has a long list of appetizers on the menu, so if you’re after a quick bite to go with your drink, this is the place to go.
On weekends, a classic American brunch menu is served between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Vintry Wine and Whiskey
While many FiDi bars focus on beer and cocktails, Vintry Wine and Whiskey likes to stand out with wine and whiskey.
The speakeasy-style bar offers 55 wines by the taste, glass, or bottle, with an additional wine list. The vast whiskey selection includes Scottish, American, Japanese, Canadian, and Irish whiskeys.
The Malt House
This is not your ordinary bar. The Malt House in an upscale American tavern that is known for its excellent food.
Happy hour runs Monday to Friday between 4 and 6 p.m., and you’ll find killer deals on drinks and bar food like $1 oysters and $6 fried chicken. On weekends, they offer bottomless brunch for $18 with an entree dish.
Trinity Place Bar & Restaurant
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Enjoy the rare opportunity to dine inside a bank vault at Trinity Place. Located in the Trinity Building, wining and dining takes place behind 35-ton bank-vault doors from 1904.
With dishes created by Irish chef Donal Crosbie, delicious drinks, and an elegant atmosphere, this is where Wall Street’s top players go to unwind.
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Opened by a group of native New Yorkers who have resided in the Financial District for over 10 years, Cedar Local is a true neighborhood bar.
The dimly lit haunt offers specialty cocktails whipped up by a master mixologist, a selection of 15 local beers and cider, a curated wine list, and small plates and bites.
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This beer hall is a great spot for large groups. You can sit in the large outdoor area and drink beer or play ping pong.
It’s known for its burger menu that has 20 different types to choose from, including the indulgent grilled cheese cheeseburger.
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If you don’t fancy the rowdy Stone Street bars and feel like getting a little bit out of FiDi to stretch your legs, Watermark Bar is a good choice. It has a large open-air space overlooking the East River, where you can sit and drink one of its classic cocktails.