Last week, a hundred-year-old dream came true for all New Yorkers: the new 2nd Avenue subway finally opened to the public. The Q train runs along the line stops at three brand-new stations – 72nd, 86th, and 96th Streets – slicing through Manhattan’s Upper East Side which neighborhood residents rejoicing, and party-goers planning to bar hop along the new 2nd Avenue stops.
Now that New York history has been made, clink your glass and sip to the subway expansion at these 9 Bars Near The Second Avenue Subway.
Bars Near the 72nd St. Subway Stop
When the temp dips to the 30s, lean toward cozy nooks to keep warm. Hibernate at Seamstress where guests can warm up by the fireplace with comfort food and America-inspired cocktails. The Captain’s Remedy will do the trick with Cutty Sark Prohibition scotch, Manzanilla wine, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, honey, tamarind and bacon mist. 339 E 75th St, 212-288-8033, seamstressny.com, @seamstress_ny
Jones Wood Foundry
Warm and welcoming, this British taproom highlights traditional pub grub – think fish n’ chips and scotch egg – with a massive draft beer selection and secret courtyard garden. 401 E 76th St, 212-249-2700, www.joneswoodfoundry.com, @joneswoodfoundry
Eli’s Night Shift
It’s called Eli’s “Night Shift” for a reason. Starting at 5pm daily, the daytime cafe transforms into a vibrant bar for local crafts on draft, light and bright cocktails and damn-good hamburgers. Try the One Headlight, created by proprietor Oliver Zabar – A nice day-to-night cocktail as it’s made with whiskey, in-house cinnamon chile syrup, lemon and Eli’s house-made Apple Cider.
189 E. 79th St., 212-879-7160, www.elizabar.com, @elisnightshift
Bars Near The 86th Street Subway Stop
We said it once and we’ll say it again – The Daisy definitely brings downtown style to the Upper East Side. Introduced to the neighborhood by James O’Hanlon (Agave), the New American inspired gastropub has a very strong beverage program and offers seasonal small plates to go along with the drinks, serious agave-based cocktails like The Scorcher…oh, and bottomless boozy brunches in a subdue setting. 1641 2nd Ave. at East 85th St, 646-964-5756, www.thedaisynyc.com, @thedaisynyc
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Last month, we announced the opening of Duke’s new Upper East Side location featuring its self-serve beer wall. Well, we’re still talking about it. Consider Duke’s for your next Sunday Funday with friends – Load up on house-smoked specialties and hit the taps (unlimitedly) to pour your own pint. 1596 2nd Ave. at East 83rd St, 212-717-2020, www.dukesnyc.com, @dukesnyc
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Hands down a “cool-drinking establishment.” The Penrose is truly ideal for any friendly gathering – date night, group dinner or weekend brunch. Enjoy good conversation with a draft beer or well-crafted cocktail *cough* The Penrose Negroni, in hand. With exposed-brick walls, reclaimed wooden accents and vintage decor, it sure feels like home. 1590 2nd Ave., 212-203-2751, www.penrosebar.com, @penrosebar
Bars Near the 96th St. Subway Stop
The Milton NYC
Similar to other British-themed pubs, The Milton serves classic pub fare by Executive Chef David E. Diaz plus craft beers and flavorful libations like the chipotle-infused Straw Sombrero in a warm, rustic space. Call dibs on a cozy corner-table where a party of eight fits comfortably. Don’t you dare dip out before late-night happy hour. 1754 2nd Ave., 212-369-1900, www.themiltonnyc.com, @themiltonnyc
Manny’s on Second
Hey sports fans – Manny’s on Second provides 40 TVs, beers on tap and a pool table for commercial breaks. The second level is dedicated to live-music acts and private parties. 1770 2nd Ave., 212-410-3300, www.mannysonsecond.com, @mannysonsecond
Lengthy list of European wines and reasonably priced American fare in a very lively atmosphere. Can’t go wrong here for either brunch and dinner. 1504 Lexington Ave., 212-722-8959, www.abvny.com