Get your drink on at one of many Harlem speakeasies

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.
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A Touch of Dee
This comfortable vintage bar is home plate for neighborhood old-timers.
659 Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox Ave.)
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Bier International
A much-needed Harlem beer bar provides distinct European, American and African brews in a no-frills, small setting.
2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
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Bill’s Place
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.
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Billie’s Black Bar Lounge
Billie’s Black Bar Lounge is the quintessential soul-food spot in Harlem.
271 West 119th St.
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El Morocco
El Morocco opens in Hamilton Heights on June 4 with a VIP party.
3534 Broadway
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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.
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Harlem Lanes
The first bowling alley to open in Harlem since the eighties, paired with a convivial lounge.
2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
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Harlem Tavern
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.
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Judi’s
Homey Harlem bar specializing in southern eats, rum punch, and relaxation.
2308 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
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Lenox Lounge
A Harlem institution continues the jazz tradition.
288 Lenox Ave.
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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.
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Minton’s Playhouse
A Harlem institution is resurrected and brings bebop back to the neighborhood in the process.
208 W. 118th St.
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Moca Lounge
If plush pillows and candlelight don’t put you in the mood, the creative Harlem-themed drinks just might.
2210 Eighth Ave.
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Nectar
Harlem’s first wine bar is a smart and modern.
2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
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Paris Blues
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.
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Perk’s
This corner jazz club may sport a quiet exterior, but looks can be misleading.
553 Manhattan Ave.
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Real’s Lounge
An unexpected, unpretentious den of activity off the 3 train.
695 Lenox Ave.
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Red Rooster
Clever cocktails and a quirky beer list at Marcus Samuelsson’s culinary love letter to Harlem
310 Lenox Ave.
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Seville Lounge
Located just a block up from the mad bustle of Harlem’s 125th Street, Seville Lounge is a rough-hewn throwback.
2121 Seventh Ave.
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Showman’s Cafe
A topflight music bar since 1942.
375 W. 125th St.
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Shrine
Shrine plays gracious host to artists inspired by the deep traditions of late-twentieth-century African music.
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
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St. Nick’s Pub
A dilapidated uptown jazz bar that blows the Blue Note out of the water.
773 St. Nicholas Ave.
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