Expat Genius 03 Apr, 2016

The 10 Best Bars In NYC's Washington Heights

By Michelle, Genius in New York

Located in the northern end of Manhattan, Washington Heights is home to one of New York City’s burgeoning bar scenes, so there’s no shortage of sizzling places that feature a wide selection of beers, spirits, and cocktails. From all-American bars to Irish pubs, this neighborhood offers a wide selection of unique bars with signature ambiences. Here are the ten best bars in which you can relax and enjoy the companionship of good friends.

Tryon Public House Interior | Image Courtesy of Tryon Public House

Tryon Public House Interior | Courtesy of Tryon Public House

Tryon Public House

Established in 2014, this spacious gastropub fosters a warm and inviting atmosphere with rustic, industrial accents such as brick walls and a wooden bar. Offering an ample collection of rotating international and locally brewed craft beers, this watering hole offers a drink to suit every palate; Bronx, Founders Red Rye IPA, Lagunitas, Narragansett, and Flying Dog are all excellent choices. Patrons will also find a wide selection of whiskeys and cocktails, from margaritas to bloody marys. For the sports fanatics, there are television sets throughout this venue so you never have to miss a game. The most enticing offers occur during weekend happy hours from 4pm to 7pm, with selected draft beers, wines, and cocktails for only $6.

Tryon Public House, 4740 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 918 7129

Tryon Public House Interior | Image Courtesy of Tryon Public House

Tryon Public House Interior | Courtesy of Tryon Public House

Le Chéile

Le Chéile is a family-friendly Irish pub with a quaint interior showcasing photographs and trinkets lining the walls. Add to that a stunning view of the George Washington Bridge, and you have a calm, romantic atmosphere in which to enjoy your drinks. The bar features 12 beers on tap, such as Le Chéile Red beer, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde, pumpkin lager, Knoig Ludwig, and cider. Their drink menu has an extensive collection of wines, spirits, and cocktails from which to choose.

Le Chéile, 839 West 181st Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 740 3111

Locksmith Burger Bar

Locksmith Burger Bar is a small neighborhood tavern with brick walls and dim candle lighting, fostering a casual, laid-back atmosphere. This weekend hot spot offers a great mix of retro music with live DJs. In addition to signature cocktails like the cucumber martini and the coconut mojito, this tavern serves a fine collection of wines. Stop by on Tuesdays to discover Locksmith Burger Bar’s newest concoctions.

Locksmith Burger Bar, 4463 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 304 9463

Buddha Beer Bar's Irish Whiskey Collection | Image courtesy of Buddha Beer Bar

Buddha Beer Bar’s Irish Whiskey Collection | Courtesy Of Buddha Beer Bar

Buddha Beer Bar

Buddha Beer Bar has a cozy ambience backed by trendy music and multiple televisions screening games and the news. This modern, American sports bar offers an extensive and rotating medley of 26 craft beers on tap. Signature beers include Allagash, Black Hog THC Vic Secret, Smuttynose Finestkind IPA, Pumpkin Pale Ale with Cinnamon Brown Sugar, and Wells & Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, so pair your favorite with classic American bar bites such as burgers and chicken wings. Their fine selection of spirits and cocktails are irresistible — TCT recommends the Furcal Dominican Car Bomb, the Bee’s Knee’s, and the Nueva Amsterdam.

Buddha Beer Bar, 4476 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 861 2595

Buddha Beer Bar Patrons | Image Courtesy of Buddha Beer Bar

Buddha Beer Bar Patrons | Courtesy of Buddha Beer Bar


This saloon exhibits a cheerful, casual ambience with typical pub décor, including sports jerseys, beer adverts, and Irish memorabilia hanging alongside autographed photographs of celebrity guests. Coogan’s serves scrumptious concoctions like the Blue Hawaiian, the Hennessy Colada, and Long Island Iced Tea, alongside wine and beer. Since it is right by the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, police station, and fire station, it is a favorite gathering spot for locals, hospital staff, med students, policemen, firefighters, and local politicians. The outdoor patio is perfect for cocktails in the warmer months.

Coogan’s, 4015 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 928 1234

809 Sangria Bar & Grill

The elegant chandeliers at this signature sangria bar make for an intimate drinking ambiance. For dancing enthusiasts, the club/bar area upstairs plays salsa, Bacharach, dance, and reggae music. Live performances by Dominican bands liven up the bar. While their signature Champagne, red and white sangrias are phenomenal, this Dominican establishment also serves a variety of spirits, wines, and cocktails, such as the guava margarita and the Chilean Carmenere.

809 Sangria Bar & Grill, 112 Dyckman Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 304 3800

Heights Tavern

Heights Tavern has added a special touch to this predominantly Dominican neighborhood with its chic American style and an industrial, red brick décor. Complete with a mahogany bar, high ceilings, and exposed pipes, the tavern presents a cozy, upbeat atmosphere. Handcrafted French doors open to the sidewalk on warm evenings. Their drink menu includes a wide variety of craft beers, wines, and cocktails, from honey harvest beer to frozen margaritas and pink grapefruit cosmopolitans. Pair this with one of their gourmet food offerings.

Heights Tavern, 3910 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 740 5700

Apt. 78

Apt. 78 brings a unique retro café-bookstore vibe to the neighborhood with an intimate wooden bar that provides a relaxed, mellow ambience. Be sure to sample their extensive and well-executed concoctions such as the guava mimosa and house-made sangria. They offer inventive cocktails on the weekends for $7 and events throughout the week like Sangria Sunday and jazz music on Wednesdays. Live DJs play a nice blend of mixed tracks like R&B, hip hop, and dance music.

Apt. 78, 4447 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 490 4657

Dyckman Bar's Bar Area | © Schlomo

Dyckman Bar’s Bar Area | © Schlomo

Dyckman Bar

Small and chic, Dyckman Bar has a refreshing, exuberant atmosphere. This contemporary establishment is a weekend hot spot in the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods. The drink menu features countless signature concoctions like mango and coconut mojitos and margaritas. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or a dancer, their televisions and DJ sets have got you covered. While relishing a few luscious cocktails, the bar also provides Jenga sets for patrons to have an amicable competition.

Dyckman Bar, 221 Dyckman Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 360 3018

Dyckman Bar's Bar Full View | Image Courtesy Of Dyckman Bar

Dyckman Bar’s Bar Full View | Courtesy Of Dyckman Bar

Manolo Tapas

This elegant, charming Spanish tapas bar’s décor is akin to a wine cellar, with dimly lit fairy lights fostering an intimate, romantic atmosphere. Live band performances from Wednesday to Sunday keep Manolo Tapas lively, with Latin and Spanish tunes from flamenco fusion to pop. The bar serves over 100 wines, 50 imported beers, and Spanish cocktails such as the ‘Muriel Crianza’ and the ‘Señorio de Sarria Rose.’

Manolo Tapas, 4165 Broadway Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 923 9100


By our Genius in New York Michelle

After graduating from the University of Manchester with a Master of Business in Global Business Analysis, Michelle has relocated to New York City from Sunnyvale, California and is writing about culture from a global traveler perspective. She enjoys perusing galleries in the Chelsea and SoHo areas, jogging in Central Park, and salsa dancing.

This article was originally published on The Culture Trip