When showing your parents around NYC, it’s natural to want to take them to all your favorite places, but chances are your favorite bar isn’t quite up to mom and dad’s standards.
Here are five bars that are perfect for parents but also cool enough that you’ll keep coming back even after your parents are gone.
Give your parents a history lesson (with a side of booze) at Fraunces Tavern in the Financial District. This historic watering hole is NYC’s oldest bar-restaurant, and it served as George Washington’s headquarters during the American Revolution. After you’re done sampling some of the 200+ whiskeys on offer, be sure to take mom and dad to the museum upstairs to further explore the landmark’s history. If you’re not a whiskey drinker, the tavern also serves more than 140 craft beers, as well as wine and creative cocktails.
54 Pearl St., 212-968-1776, frauncestavern.com
Don’t let your parents come to visit without taking them to a rooftop bar with a view worth writing home about. At Spyglass Rooftop, you’ll get just that. Located atop the Archer Hotel on the building’s 22nd floor, this rooftop bar has a view of the Empire State Building that can’t be beat, plus expertly crafted cocktails and light bites from Charlie Palmer. The contemporary space is luxurious and intimate — perfect for treating your out-of-town guests.
47 W. 38th St., 212-730-0538, spyglassnyc.com
The Campbell, located within Grand Central Terminal, is another NYC drinking establishment with a lot of history. The bar’s main room was once the private office of millionaire railroad executive John Williams Campbell, and its Gatsby-esque interior has landmark protection. The old-fashioned cocktail bar’s drink menu focuses on the classics like the Manhattan, negronis and a martini. Beer, wine and other cocktails are also available.
15 Vanderbilt Ave., 212-297-1781, thecampbellnyc.com
Death + Co.
If your parents love fancy cocktails, Death + Co. is a must. Regarded by many as the most influential NYC cocktail bar, this speakeasy-style bar specializes in putting creative twists on classic cocktails. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better cocktail in town, and the intimate, classy interior will make your parents feel like they’re being treated to something really special.
433 E. 6th St., 212-388-0882, deathandcompany.com
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
Make mom and dad feel at home in the Big Apple by taking them to Aldo Sohm, which feels like an upscale living room and serves up a wide variety of wines curated by Le Bernardin’s star sommelier, Aldo Sohm. The food is perfect for sharing and designed to enhance the wine, so be sure to order a few dishes for the table in addition to your drinks.
151 W. 51st St., 212-554-1143, aldosohmwinebar.com