Hamilton Heights knows how to have a good time. In addition to having a diverse array of restaurants and local businesses, the neighborhood features a handful of excellent bars. Locals have identified some of the following bars as their favorites, and we can’t agree more.
Harlem Public is your classic neighborhood bar. They have an extensive brunch, food, beer, and drinks menu, which includes great burgers that are all ground in-house and a rotation of 16 draft beers on tap. The staff are super friendly and even have a text notification system to notify when your table is ready. It’s a trendy place where you can grab drinks with friends, watch sports on the large TVs, and enjoy each others’ company.
The Grange has got a good list of creative foods and a comfortable ambiance. Furnished with drafting tables and old tiling on the ceiling, the place gives off scents from past decades of Harlem. Their whiskey flight is affordable and enjoyable (with whiskey aged 15-20 years), but you can’t go wrong with anything else on their seasonal and locally sourced menu.
ROKC stands for Ramen, Oysters, Kitchen and Cocktails, and word on the street is that they deliver on all fronts. Being a sister branch of the infamous Angel’s Share in East Village, ROKC serves up great cocktails, both in terms of visuals and taste. The cocktails come in eclectic glasses and with unique presentations; they’ve even got a chocolate warm cocktail for the winter months. Not to mention, they make a mean bowl of ramen. Some of the more popular items on the menu include the Tokoyo and Kyoto. It’s an elegant, chic place with soft jazz music, so make sure you get there early. There are fresh oysters you won’t want to miss out on!
If you’re looking for cheap beers and greasy food, then make At the Wallace your go-to bar. They’ve got a huge selection of beers and a menu of cocktails (they don’t skimp on the alcohol!) at reasonable prices. They share a kitchen with Harlem Public, so you can expect drool-worthy dishes. You can also find life-size Jenga, arcade games, a good collection of board games, pinball machines, and a photo booth in the back area to make fun memories.
Treat yourself to a nice Italian menu and great wine. When you enter Anchor Wine Bar, you’ll be transported from the streets of Harlem to a vintage, rustic restaurant in Italy. The place has got old subway tiles, rod iron, reclaimed wood, and wine bottles as decor and plenty of seating in the indoor and outdoor spaces. Happy Hour starts at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. so get going on those drinks and follow up with pasta.
You’ll be drawn to this cocktail bar right from the street. When you step inside, you’ll feel like your time traveled back to the ’70s. With its quirky decor and leather bar chairs, The Honey Well gives off a cool swanky vibe. The menu proves to be just as legit with enough choices to stay up all night. A good Mascal Mule, Manhattan, and Old-Fashioned is only $9 during Happy Hour on all weekdays until 8 p.m. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask for the off-menu choices — you’ll be wowed.
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Chad Vigneulle (@chadvig) is the Harlem restauranteur behind local favorites @theharlempublic, @thehoneywellnyc, and @atthewallace . With Common members moving into our first Harlem home in just a few weeks, we sat down to ask him about his vision for his businesses and the neighborhood. Check it out with the link in our bio! Photography by @thehoneywellnyc
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