Best Indoor/Outdoor Bars in Downtown Manhattan

There are many important factors when it comes to what makes a great bar. Having both indoor and outdoor space is at the top of our list when selecting a bar to hang out at. As the weather gets warmer, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the best indoor/outdoor bars.  Places where you can stand outside and enjoy the breeze with a drink in your hand, and then heading inside to the dance floor to warm up when it gets a little chilly. You know the theory that you can only find happiness if you’ve known sadness? Well the better theory is you can only enjoy the indoor section of a bar once you’ve been to the outdoor section. That’s why we are sharing with you some of our favorite indoor/outdoor bars.

Pier A

Pier A Outdoor Bar Area

The outdoor promenade at Pier A Harbor House is one of the most beautiful spots in Manhattan, and the perfect place to enjoy a drink while watching the sun set over the Hudson River. No denying the promenade is the highlight, but Pier A is a 28,000-square foot complex made up of multiple outdoor and indoor sections. On a cloudy day you are going to have to settle for the gigantic and elegant indoor dining area or the intricate cocktail bar.

Brookfield Place (PJ Clarke’s and Beaubourg)

Beaubourg restaurant and bar

Yes, technically PJ Clarke’s and Beaubourg are restaurants, but one can enjoy a drink on their outdoor terraces without ordering food. That’s good enough for us to add it to our list. Another factor that makes a great bar is great food. There is no contesting the grub at PJ Clarke’s and Beaubourg (try the whiskey bread pudding at PJ Clarke’s, it’s our favorite). Both spots, similar to Pier A, are exceptionally beautiful at sunset as they overlook the Hudson River.

Watermark Bar

Watermark outdoor bar view

Perched on the double level Pier 15 overlooking the East River, Watermark Bar is a fantastic modern cocktail bar with prime views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the lower Manhattan skyline. The 10,000 square foot venue also hosts live music, serves great food, and is a great spot to host a corporate event.

Conrad Hotel (Atrio & Loopy Doopy)

Conrad Hotel Atrio Bar

The Conrad Hotel has two bars inside of it; one indoor and one outdoor, which when visited together make the perfect combination. Atrio Wine Bar & Restaurant, the indoor bar, is located in the lobby, and Loopy Doopy, the outdoor bar, is located on the rooftop. Start your night at Atrio with a Mediterranean dish and glass of wine, and end it at Loopy Doopy Bar as you gaze out over the Hudson River.

Stone Street

stone street

Not only is Stone Street one of the oldest and most historic places in Manhattan, it’s also one of the most fun places in Manhattan. Stone Street is made up of a handful of old-school bars and restaurants that line a cobblestone street that contains rows of tables for the public. Grab a beer at the Stone Street Tavern or Mad Dog. If the weather is nice, find a table and enjoy some of the friendliest New Yorkers you’ll ever meet.

The Delancey

The Delancey bar

The Delancey is a three level club that has everything party-goers could ever want. Looking for great music and a place to let loose and dance?  Head to the first floor which features a DJ and a bumping dance floor. More in the mood for lounging?  The second floor contains an intimate main level bar with comfy seating.  Ready for some fresh air and great views?  The third floor featuring a  rooftop garden area is the place for you! There’s no denying The Delancey has something for everyone.

El Vez

El Vez mexican restaurant

Another restaurant bar with an outdoor patio, El Vez has an awesome atmosphere and drink selection (and don’t leave without ordering the Rayo De Jalisco Guacamole that has pomegranates, blood orange, a queso fresco). Serving up margaritas, sangrias, and tequila drinks, El Vez is the go to place for a Mexican style cocktail. Don’t expect a party, but then again you never know when the tequila gets flowing!

City Winery at Pier 26

city winery pier 26

City Winery has a location on Varick Street, but its City Vineyard location has the indoor/outdoor combination. On a beautiful night, enjoy the stunning waterfront and rooftop deck sections, and on a gloomy day enjoy the rustic indoor setting as you sip a top notch glass of wine.

Hotel Rivington

Hotel Rivington

Hotel Rivington is a modern masterpiece. The S’Zen Lounge on the second floor features a first class cocktail bar, but the Penthouse is the main feature. Penthouse on Rivington was voted Best Event Space in 2016 by and for good reason. The stunning 3,500 square foot penthouse provides picturesque panoramic views of Manhattan from indoors and outdoors, and even though it’s technically a private event space, this space is one of the must-try spots in Manhattan.

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Date Ideas in Downtown NYC

Date night can bring a lot of pressure because the expectations are high and the demand for a romantic spot is even higher. The worst thing you can do is to not plan ahead, which is why we are here to help. There are a ton of fantastic options in downtown Manhattan ranging from romantic upscale restaurants to the ultimate date night movie theater. We have selected a few of our favorite destinations.

* Pricing is for 2 People

Ipic Movie Theater – $32-$64 – 11 Fulton Street, FiDi

iPic Movie Theater Date Night in FiDi

For the ultimate movie date night head to Ipic and relax on their leather chairs with a glass of wine or a cocktail while snacking on gourmet dishes or sweets served at your seat. Book well in advance on holidays or for opening nights.

Barbalu – $35 – $60 – 225 Front Street, FiDi

Barbalu Restaurant Date Night in FiDi

Barbalu is the marriage of husband and wife team Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque. Their authentic Italian restaurant by the South Street Seaport is a quaint spot perfect for a tasty romantic date. This little gem was rebuilt after Barbarini closed following superstorm Sandy. Thankfully, all the charm was preserved. Make sure to order their delicious home made fettucini with Beef Ragu or their Spaghetti allo Scoglio and to finish with the tiramisu.

Amelie Wine Bar – $50 – $90 – 22 West 8th Street, West Village

Amelie Wine Bar Date Night West Village

Considered one of the best wine bars in the world, Amelie Wine Bar is located in the West Village, 15 minutes away from the FiDi. The ambiance is cozy and lively at the same time. This is a great late night spot for a special date or wine tasting with or without dinner. For brunch goers, this wine bar additionally serves as a cute brunch date.

Augustine – $100 – $250 – 5 Beekman Street, FiDi

Augustine Restaurant Date Night in FiDi

An elegant and classically designed restaurant started by Keith McNally, Augustine is a French Brasserie located in the Beekman Hotel that serves fantastic food for all times of the day as well as a large assortment of creative cocktails. The ambiance is buzzy and fun. A new favorite for New Yorkers, conveniently located in the FiDi. Take advantage of the proximity and try to sit at the bar.

One if by Land, Two if by Sea – $250 – $500, Greenwich Village

OneifByLand Date Night in Greenwich Village

Voted the 5th most romantic restaurant in the world by Architectural Digest, One if by Land, Two if by Sea is the go to place to celebrate a special occasion. The food is fantastic and the ambiance is one of a kind.

Amada – $40 – $120 – 250 Vesey Street, Battery Park

Amada Restaurant Date Night in Battery Park

Chef Jose Garces, an appraised chef from Philadelphia, opened a branch of his very popular Andalusian tapas bar in Battery Park City. The atmosphere is lively and contemporary and the separate menus for brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour gives us an excuse to return frequently! The tapas are delicious, the half pig and wagyu beef are favorites for the common regulars. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose.

Blacktail – $70 – $145 – 22 Battery Place, Battery Park

Blacktail Restaurant Date Night in Battery Park

Blacktail is located on Pier A in Battery Park. The ambitious goal of Blacktail was to create the best cocktail bar in the world and it shows. Besides the first class cocktails you can also enjoy a nice steak if you’re looking for more than just drinks.

Chinese Tuxedo $50 – $120 – 5 Doyers Street, Chinatown

Tuxedo Restaurant Date Night in Chinatown

Once home to an opera house, 5 Doyers Street in Chinatown is now home to Chinese Tuxedo a contemporary Chinese restaurant with beautiful décor and delicious food. If you love authentic Chinese food and are looking for a romantic dinner date, look no further.

Fowler & Wells – $150 – $250, FiDi

Fowler & Wells Restaurant Date Night in FiDi

Located in the Beekman Hotel (next door to the lively Augustine), Fowler & Wells is the quieter, more cozy and upscale alternative. Fowler & Wells boasts a quintessential New York City ambiance and makes for a great breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night drinks and dessert date.

The Rink at Brookfield Place (Ice Skating) – $30, Battery Park

The Rink At Brookfield Place Date Night in Battery Park

Ice skating right off the Hudson River at Brookfield Place makes for a very romantic date. On a sunny day, after a short walk to battery park, go and try the best-located ice rink in the city, a few steps away from the Battery Park marina.

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