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Taking a bite out of the Big Apple can sometimes be a tough mouthful to chew. New York is packed with tourist hotspots and must-sees that could keep you busy from sunup to sundown, no matter the length of your trip. While the streets continue to bustle well into the wee hours in the city that never sleeps, some alleys and byways come to life with stragglers disappearing through hidden doors, password-protected entrances and false shopfronts. If you’ve got the time, or are looking for something a little different, you may find it interesting to know that aside from the towering Statue of Liberty and austere facades of the city’s many galleries and museums, New York is home to a number of hidden bars. Here are a few of the most noteworthy examples, and the plain ingenuity they exhibit may alone be enough allure to soon have you ditching your original NYC bucket list for something a little more off the beaten track.
Located at 124 MacDougal Street, the Old Rabbit Club offers a selection of on tap beers and 60s British rock playlists. Look out for the giant rabbit mural on the wall next to the entrance!
With a very specific entrance procedure, it’s almost impossible to stumble upon this East Village hideaway. You’ll need to enter Crif Dogs restaurant, find the phone booth, pick up the receiver and ring the doorbell. The strict routine is worth it though… ‘Please Don’t Tell’ offers a variety of classic New York cocktails.
This one also involves entering a functioning restaurant to gain access to the bar concealed within. Follow the stairs inside the Five Guys in Greenwich Village until you reach the wood panelled bar at the top of the building. The Garret offers morning tea, which turns gradually into afternoon cocktails as the sun drifts across the skylight overhead. This is an easy place to while away the day without the chaos and noise of the streets below.
A hidden bar inside Grand Central Terminal? That’s right. The Campbell Apartment was previously a private room in the 1920’s, and still has the original tall stained glass windows, fireplace and high ceilings of the time, which provide the perfect ambience for a traditional speakeasy.
Two large metal doors fortify the entrance to Little Branch. Enjoy a drink, some live jazz and a chat with the bartender and other patrons in this casual setting.
Step through the hidden entrance and back in time at The Back Room, located on Norfolk Street. Enjoy the eccentricities of a cocktail served in a teacup, and a roaring fireplace completes the moody atmosphere.
This hideaway gets its name from its homemade alcohol which is stored behind the bar in old pharmacy pots. The menu is a bit on the pricey side, but worth it for the homemade touch and air of utmost luxury, elegance and exclusivity.
Hidden behind one of the doors inside Village Yokocho Japanese restaurant, lies the hyper secret Angel’s Share. Private parties are often hosted here, but if you catch an open night, be sure to try one of their whiskey cocktails.
Whichever of these New York secret gems tickles your fancy and peaks your curiosity, we’re sure that the adventure alone would make for a great post-holiday story. If you’re planning a trip to New York, be sure to go prepared with one of our USA SIM packages so that you can be connected and in touch, no matter where your secret adventures take you.
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