The West Village started out as a vacation village for residents living in what is now the Wall Street area. The atmosphere of fun still exists though. While often small and crowded, spaces in the West Village offer some of the most lively nightlife options in the city, plus a location right next to the popular Meatpacking and Chelsea neighborhoods. While nightspots come and go, the following West Village bars should be around for a while, all known as neighborhood favorites. Enjoy.
The first of our West Village Bars: Le Poisson Rouge
Le Poisson Rouge is a state-of-the-art multimedia performance space founded by musicians. Popular among tourists, it offers numerous performances and an adjoining gallery for art and events.
158 Bleecker Street
Tortilla Flats moved to the West Village in the 80’s, and has been promoting its eccentric brand of entertainment since then. With great margaritas, interesting people, hula-hoop contests and tasty, Tortilla Flats is always an option for late night fun.
767 Washington Street
This relaxed space on the West Village’s border with Chelsea continues its 20 year run with changing gallery exhibits and a digital jukebox. Art Bar offers specialty cocktails, a daily Happy Hour, and a sociable atmosphere that’s not so common in this city.
52 Eighth Avenue
Now with locations all over the US, Bowlmor continues with its drunken parties and celebrity sightings. Always a standby for a late night bowling craving, Lindsay Lohan can personally tell you that drunken bowling is much more fun than you think it’s going to be.
110 University Place
One of the last bohemian bars in the West Village, Corner Bistro has been serving its cheap beer and burgers for longer than anyone we know can remember. Widely considered to serve the best burgers in the city, or at least one of the best, Corner Bistro is always able to keep its seats filled.
331 W. 4th Street
Designed to look like the parlour room of an old New York City brownstone, The Dove Parlour will transport you to a lost era, even if the drunk New York University students outside bring you right back when you leave. With an extensive selection of boutique wines and inventive cocktails, old world elegance is still alive in the West village.
228 Thompson Street
A favorite of NewYork60, this Hudson Street Art Deco restaurant/bar will impress you with its drinks and decor. Cocktails mixed with lavender scented gin and a speakeasy atmosphere will entertain even the most discerning guests.
510 Hudson Street
From the people behind the Lower East Side’s wildly successful bar “Milk and Honey West”, Little Branch focuses similarly on quality drinks.
20 Seventh Avenue South
Ping pong, pool and Pabst (or other beers). A great place to relax with friends over a game and a drink. Named New York’s best pool hall by New York Magazine, Fat Cat also offers foosball, backgammon and even shuffleboard.
75 Christopher Street
White Horse Tavern
The last of our top West Village Bars is known for its celebrity patrons of times past. White Horse Taven boasts a reputation as a historic landmark. Personalities such as Dylan Thomas, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Mary Travers, Michael Harrington, and more still haunt the old building in the best of ways.
567 Hudson Street