At last count, New York City has somewhere between 1500 - 1800 bars in operation at any given time. With statistics of that caliber, it's incredibly difficult - natch, pretty much impossible - to declare a top 10 list of the best watering holes in the five boroughs. We're even doubtful that someone could identify the top 10 bars in Manhattan, let alone Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and Queens.
With that in mind, we here at 10Best took a crack at identifying a list of haunts that have earned a special spot in the hearts of New Yorkers. From dive bars like Bar 169 in Chinatown and American Trash on the Upper East Side, to swanky hotspots like Mulberry Project in Little Italy and The Wren on Bowery, this list attempts to provide you with a guiding light to explore a particular neighborhood by way of a well-respected bar that's earned its stripes.
While in no way inclusive of all of the bars deserving of this title, these 10 stand out for their ability to hold a crowd, dazzle with delicious cocktails, or simply to keep us entertained with bar games when we grow tired of chatting with our friends.
Without further ado, we present to you 10 of the best bars in the city.