Tree Lighting 2016: Best Bars by Rockefeller Center

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The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center is the worldwide mecca of the holiday season in NYC. Every year, thousands of tourists adn New Yorkers alike brave the cold and crowds for a glimste of the “Big Tree” which is being lit up in all of its glory tonight.  Since spirits are always highest after a few cocktails, here are some of the best bars by Rockefeller Center.

Best Bars by Rockefeller Center

Bar SixtyFive

Bar Six Five Rockefeller Center NYC

Looking to class up your post tree viewing adventures? Check out Bar SixtyFive, located at 30 Rock and perched 65 stories above the famous tree at Rock Center, for creative cocktails and lite bites. The terraced-venue at the iconic Rainbow Room also has sweeping city views, and is the perfect spot for holiday celebrating. 30 Rockefeller Center, 65th Floor, 212-632-5000, www.rainbowroom.com/bar-sixty-five

Bill’s Bar & Burger

Bills Bar & Burgers Midtown

After a long day of touristing and taking in the must-see tree for that perfect Insta story, it’s time for a beer and a burger. No better place than Bill’s Bar & Burger. Conveniently located just steps from the tree, Bill’s serves up a variety of brews along with a solid selection of juicy burgers. Also: don’t miss the spiked milkshakes! 16 W. 51st St., 212-705-8510, www.billsbarandburger.com

Morrell Wine Bar

Morrell Wine Bar Best Bars by Rockefeller Center

A cozy spot located directly in Rockefeller Center, Morrell Wine Bar is the ideal place to escape the tree-gawking throngs. Sit back and unwind with a glass of wine – they have over 150 options, including tasting flights – or a signature cocktail while enjoying some snacks. 1 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-262-7700, www.morrellwinebar.com

The Rum House

The Rum House Midtown

A short distance from Rockefeller Center, The Rum House is serving up some serious cocktails with a focus on rum, natch. Don’t get freaked out by its proximity to Times Square – the crowd is great and they even feature live music. Score. 228 W. 47th St., 646-490-6924, www.therumhousenyc.com

Lantern’s Keep

Lantern's Keep Times Square

Sometimes, just sometimes, you come across a place you enjoy so much, you kind of want to keep it a secret. Lantern’s Keep is that place. Tucked away in the back of the Iroquois Hotel, Lantern’s Keep is a bartender favorite pick, with a super chill vibe and fantastic cocktails. 49 W. 44th St., 212-45304287, www.iroquoisny.com/lanternskeep

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