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Bars & Nightlife

Though perhaps not known for a non-stop party embraced by other neighborhoods, what you will find for nightlife in the area is excellent. 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.

Sofia Wine Bar & Café
Located steps away from the Fifty NYC, this pint-sized wine bar fuses the ethos of Italian wine bars and cafés with a chic New York sensibility. Here, pair your choice of over 50 bottles of wine from a rotating list with a number of delicious traditional dishes like housemade gnocchi, assorted salumi, and baked eggplant parmigiana.
242 E 50th St #A, New York, NY 10022
Distance from hotel: 0.2 miles

One of the original pioneers of the hybrid restaurant-club scene in New York City, this buzzy bi-level concept offers a DJ-soundtracked nightclub downstairs and an upscale southern Italian restaurant on the ground floor. After consuming the likes of a 16 oz. Kobe meatball, eighteen-inch lobster-scampi pizza, and dessert of Oreo zeppoles, dance the calories off downstairs.
39 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022
Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles

The Campbell
For a sip of bygone New York, visit this sophisticated landmark bar and lounge connected to the Grand Central Terminal. The space has played many roles and passed through many hands throughout its storied history: it started as an office and entertainment hall to railroad baron and American financier John W. Campbell, but also served as a police station before becoming a bar in the late 90s. Despite several revamps, plenty of its original fixtures are still intact, including a stone fireplace and distinctive leaded-glass windows.
15 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017
Distance from hotel: 0.6 miles

The Long Room
Irish pub, meet midtown lounge. Just far enough from Times Square, this dimly lit haunt caters primarily to the after-work crowd with plush couches and 44 beers on draft. Sidle up to the aptly long bar up front to grab a brew or choose from their long list of whiskeys, or grab your drink and head over to the lounge in the back.
120 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Distance from hotel: 1.7 miles

Connolly’s Pub
The Midtown East outpost of this homegrown, family-owned Irish pub chain offers a consistently good pub experience with a slightly upmarket flair. Soak up the beers with pub grub classics including Buffalo wings and spinach-artichoke dip, or go bigger with a variety of burgers that include the standout Gaelic burger with Irish bacon, cheddar cheese, and caramelized onions. And true to Irish pub fashion, you can also find a solid take on shepherd’s pie and bangers & mash.
14 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017
Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles

La Cava
Brunch lovers take note, this sleek wine bar offers a great deal for all-you-can-drink brunch. Dinner here is also strong, with a fantastic selection of both Old World and California wines paired with a curated selection of cheeses and simple foods such as lamb chops, duck paté, and several Italian paninis.
939 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022
Distance from hotel: 0.2 miles

Treadwell Park
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 Avenue, New York, NY 10065
Distance from hotel: 0.9 miles

Ophelia Lounge
Perched atop the roof of the famed Beekman Tower, this indoor-outdoor cocktail lounge spotlights inventive mixology along with fantastic views of Manhattan and the East River. The name nods to the building’s history: it was once home to the only hotel managed entirely by women, and later became a social club for working women. Expect a mix of after-work revelers and tourists enjoying the opulent decor and thoughtful drinks.
3 Mitchell Pl 26th floor, New York, NY 10017
Distance from hotel: 0.5 miles