Bar Tour of Lower East Side
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Bar Tour of Lower East Side, New York, New York (A)

The Lower East Side has been described the most livable neighborhood in NYC. Unique and dynamic, LES has boutique shops, cafes and restaurants alongside great bars and museums. In this historic neighborhood, residents strive to preserve its roots. Here, you can find young professionals who challenge the norm through cuisine, mixology, and ideology. With “Bar Tour of the Lower East Side”, you can navigate the streets and discover its treasures.
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Guide Name: Bar Tour of Lower East Side
Guide Location: USA » New York
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 6.0 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Author: Melissa Ruttanai
Author Bio: An avid traveler, Melissa Ruttanai has visited over 25 countries and lived in both Japan and Thailand. Her travel articles have been published by and On Holiday Magazine. She currently lives with her husband in New York.
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Sixth Ward
  • Stanton Social
  • Bonus Sight: Creperie
  • Spitzer’s Corner
  • Whiskey Ward
  • Spur Tree
Sixth Ward

1) Sixth Ward

A key neighborhood pub, the Sixth Ward suffers from somewhat of an identity crisis. Part Irish pub, part lounge, part dive; the bar stocks the usual list of libations alongside its signature Sixth Ward Amber and self-proclaimed perfect pint of Guinness. Dark wooden fixtures and leather booths lend a warm ambiance while a pool table and photo booth add playful twists to the scene. In the open-air beer garden, pair your beer with an original Sixth Ward Guinness burger or chicken curry or Shepherds Pie. The staff is friendly and TVs draw a sports crowd during major events. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday 12pm-7pm. Friday until 6pm. 212-228-9888.
Stanton Social

2) Stanton Social

Though first and foremost a restaurant, Stanton Social offers a scene that draws a lively crowd and celebrity A-listers. Head to the second floor lounge decorated with cherry blossom painted screens and mocha leather couches. Enjoy unique concoctions such as Grey Goose and fresh berries called Strawberry Fields or an innovative Blood Orange-Jalapeno Margarita. Manager Anthony states, “the scene is convivial” and as the night draws on, groups merge in camaraderie and cocktails. Small bites are popular in the lounge. While you’re here, try the warm donuts, goat cheese pierogies, and the French onion dumplings. Hours: Monday-Wednesday 5pm-2am. Thursday-Friday until 3am. Saturday 11:30am-3am. Sunday 11:30am-2am. 212-995-0099.
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Bonus Sight: Creperie

3) Bonus Sight: Creperie

Food Network’s Bobby Flay came here for a Crepe Throwdown against owner Hava Spievak and she put him in his place, fast. A local favorite, the Creperie has fresh ingredients and a fun menu to satisfy that sweet or savory tooth. During the day, locals pop in for a quick snack, maybe a brie and basil crepe with fresh tomato or a prosciutto and mozzarella crepe. After dark, bar hoppers line up for a sweet treat nightcap. Popular choices include Nutella with bananas, the Smores crepe, and the “Famous Crepe” with strawberries, Nutella, ice cream and whipped cream. Hearty vegetarian options are available and delivery is free within 10 blocks. Check out lunch specials on weekdays. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11-2am. Friday 11-4am. Saturday 10-4am. Sunday 10-2am. 212-979-5521.
Spitzer’s Corner

4) Spitzer’s Corner

A laidback gastropub obsessed with beer, Spitzer’s Corner used to be a dress shop but now serves up an eclectic menu of brews and burgers. Long tables under tin lamps create a carefree, communal feel. Wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable about their 40 bottles and long row of drafts. The choices focus on craft and seasonal beers such as winter lagers and watermelon beers. Connoisseurs will love it here and foodies will want to stay overnight. The chef keeps the menu dynamic with Kobe burgers and Truffles Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Brunch is also served. Hours: Monday-Tuesday 12pm-3am. Wednesday-Friday 12pm-4am. Saturday 10am-4am. Sunday 10am-3am. 212-228-0027.
Whiskey Ward

5) Whiskey Ward

Looking for single barrel or single malt? Want some Scotch or rye or Bourbon? Whiskey Wards got you covered. They feature over 100 labels of both international and domestic whiskeys. Bartenders are welcoming and knowledgeable about their wares, so ask away before you commit to a glass. Try some Blantons, Yamazaki, or Red Breast Pure Pot Still. For about $9, buy a whiskey flight and sample 3 one-ounce pours. The Whiskey Ward also offers Signatory Vintage, a company that buys unfiltered, unchilled barrels of whiskey from Scotch distilleries and bottles them independently. The result is a full-bodied, naturally colored single barrel whiskey. Each bottle is labeled with its source, age, and cask. No two bottles are the same so each is considered a vintage experience. Open daily 5pm-4am. 212-477-2998.
Spur Tree

6) Spur Tree

Spur Tree is a mélange of art, cuisine, and reggae. Constructed with natural woods and playful lighting, the ambiance morphs between restaurant, dancehall, and cocktail lounge depending on the shifting mood and beats pumping through the sound system. The menu is a unique fusion of Jamaican and Asian, featuring grilled jerk wings, coconut curry kingfish, and veggie dumplings. While you sip your drink, check out the art gallery. Try their warm banana bread pudding while you lounge on the back patio. DJs spin beats almost every night, the sake is premium, and the décor is like a tree house for hip young professionals. Hours: Sundays, Tuesday-Thursday 6-11pm. Friday-Saturday 6-2am. 212-477-9977.
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