Harlem has a long history of places to quench one’s thirst, as this infographic charting Harlem speakeasys back in the day attests. Harlem is currently home to an ever-growing selection of old and new places to grab a drink and a bite. Below are some notable favorites.
67 Orange Street
From owner Karl Franz Williams (Society Café) comes a speakeasy-type Harlem bar.
2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
A Touch of Dee
This comfortable vintage bar is home plate for neighborhood old-timers.
659 Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox Ave.)
A much-needed Harlem beer bar provides distinct European, American and African brews in a no-frills, small setting.
2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
A throwback to the halcyon days of long-ago jazz, Bill’s Place has been built to cater to nostalgia for an era of Harlem history that few alive have ever actually experienced.
148 W. 133rd St.
Billie’s Black Bar Lounge
Billie’s Black Bar Lounge is the quintessential soul-food spot in Harlem.
271 West 119th St.
El Morocco opens in Hamilton Heights on June 4 with a VIP party.
Frizzante Bistro and Bar
With $7 glasses of wine and bottles that start at $23, Frizzante joins Frederick Douglass Boulevard as the latest date spot to pop up in Harlem.
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
The first bowling alley to open in Harlem since the eighties, paired with a convivial lounge.
2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
Tonic co-owner Stephen Daly and his wife, Sheri Wilson, have transformed a onetime auto-body shop and parking lot in Harlem into a handsome, high-ceilinged bar.
2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Homey Harlem bar specializing in southern eats, rum punch, and relaxation.
2308 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
A Harlem institution continues the jazz tradition.
288 Lenox Ave.
M & S Frontline Company
Taking the concept of a bare-bones dive-bar to regions no bare or bone has ever dared venture.
540 W. 145th St.
A Harlem institution is resurrected and brings bebop back to the neighborhood in the process.
208 W. 118th St.
If plush pillows and candlelight don’t put you in the mood, the creative Harlem-themed drinks just might.
2210 Eighth Ave.
Harlem’s first wine bar is a smart and modern.
2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Tried but true, this sturdy workhorse of a dive-bar has been a favorite with generations of Harlem residents.
2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
This corner jazz club may sport a quiet exterior, but looks can be misleading.
553 Manhattan Ave.
An unexpected, unpretentious den of activity off the 3 train.
695 Lenox Ave.
Clever cocktails and a quirky beer list at Marcus Samuelsson’s culinary love letter to Harlem
310 Lenox Ave.
Located just a block up from the mad bustle of Harlem’s 125th Street, Seville Lounge is a rough-hewn throwback.
2121 Seventh Ave.
A topﬂight music bar since 1942.
375 W. 125th St.
Shrine plays gracious host to artists inspired by the deep traditions of late-twentieth-century African music.
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
St. Nick’s Pub
A dilapidated uptown jazz bar that blows the Blue Note out of the water.
773 St. Nicholas Ave.