Meet the 5 best bars in Harlem
Known to the world for its jazz scene, soul food eateries and rich African American heritage, Harlem also happens to boast a flourishing bar scene. Here are Thirsty’s five favorite watering holes in the neighborhood.
Address : 3612 Broadway
Hours : Mon-Thurs 12pm to 2am Fri-Sat 11am-4am Sun 11am -2am
Super cozy but high energy. This pub is perfect for craft beers, uncommon bar food and innovative cocktails, like the Twizzler Vodka Lemonade. Harlem Public delivers a much-needed communal style bar in the gentrifying Hamilton Heights section of West Harlem.
Address: 321 Malcolm X Blvd
Hours: Mon – Wed 11am to 2am Thurs 11am to 3am Fri-Sat 11am to 4am Sun 11am to 2am
Corner Social makes for the perfect a group dinner destination and after-work hangout. The sports bar offers a full dinner menu, a quintessential liquor cabinet and even an occasional DJ set and live music. This place can get lively on the weekends, so be prepared for loud noises and plenty of dabbing and milly-rocking.
Address: 3604 Broadway
Hours: 5pm to 2am every night
This 70s themed cocktail bar serves as more intimate option than its sister bar Harlem Public. Honeywell provides a laid-back basement feel with a fabulous Boogie Nights twist. Super cool cocktails are presented here The Rubber Band Man (cognac, dark rum and benedictine) and The Disco Inferno (rum, dark beer, egg and cinnamon). There are also fun small plates like the quirky Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake.
Address : 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Hours : Mon – Thurs 12pm to 2am Fri 12pm to 4am Sat 11am to 4am Sun 11am to 2am
A beer garden that spans a whopping 7,000 square feet, Harlem Tavern can seat 350 people and offer 80 selections of beer. Gather up all of the homies for live music on the weekend and a Moroccan spiced lamb burger that tastes just as savory as it sounds.
Address : 2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Hours : Mon-Fri 4pm-2am Sat 4pm to 2am Sun 4pm to 2am
Mess Hall is like an easygoing summer camp lodge with flea market decorations that also happens to offer select craft beers, cocktails and a wicked assortment of bourbon. It’s a narrow space that gives off a kitschy vibe. Be ready to talk to your neighbor while indulging in the 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. happy hour special that includes a can and a shot for only $5.