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Top 5 best Manhattan bars: Out-of-towners

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There are few things New Yorkers have time for, and at the very top of that list is teaching out-of-towners to “New York.” How to use public transportation, how to use a map, where to go for lunch, etc… While it may be a non-issue picking a new spot to invade with your fellow Manhattan friends, it’s key to have a few spots picked out for your visitors who will no doubt rely completely on you for any and every decision. If you happen to be a Manhattan-ite who finds him/herself with helpless visitors crashing on your couch every few months, here are a few go-to suggestions for possibly alcohol-influenced nights (or days) on the town.

The Black Hound Bar
The Black Hound Bar Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Black Hound Bar

This bar is perfect to take a small group of friends needing to catch up with each other after an extended period apart. Its lounge-y atmosphere offers a curated playlist and a wide-array of cocktails: the perfect backdrop for an intimate night in. You want to hear your conversation, but also want to feel like you’re actually leaving your apartment and taking your friends somewhere that will remind them of Sex and the City.

Fat Cat
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Fat Cat

Your friends can never sit still, so your night must be filled with drinking and a fair amount of activity. With live jazz, pool, and ping pong tables galore, Fat Cat is a bar that needs no further explanation.

BBar and Grill
BBar and Grill Photo: vxla at flickr

BBar and Grill

New York is an adventure for your wide-eyed visitors. You, however, could deal without constant crowds and commotion for one night. Head to BBar for a night that will make you forget you’re in New York. This spacious, partially outdoor location has three different bars, boasting with personality and delicious drinks.

675
675 Photo: Stuart Webster at flickr

675

You just want to dance but you don’t want to take your visitors to a clubby hotspot with a line out the door. 675 has the best of both worlds. Whether you choose to have your dance party or sit and have a drink instead, you’ll be in meatpacking, so it will definitely be a successful night out.

Frying Pan
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Frying Pan

You may have graduated from college, but your party days at XYZ University will never end. The Frying Pan is the perfect day-drinking location in a transformed boat on the Hudson River. It offers a beautiful view and at the very least, amazing people-watching opportunities.

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