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Published January 4, 2024
11 NYC Hotspots You Can Still Go to When You're Not Drinking
Don't stay home just because you're doing Dry January.
by New York Bucket List
Whether it’s a holiday, birthday party, date night, or dinner with friends, going out in New York and maintaining a social life often involves drinking. And if you’re someone who’s taking a step back from alcohol—whether you’ve committed to Dry January or need to get up early for a presentation tomorrow—you might be tempted to skip out on plans. But scaling back doesn't have to mean compromising on experiences.
We partnered with Samuel Adams, who has mastered non-alcoholic beer with their Just The Haze IPA to highlight some of the best spots in the city to enjoy a night out without the buzz! Sam Adams crafted Just The Haze, a world-class non-alc IPA, to deliver a beer so good, you’ll never know it’s non-alcoholic. Don’t believe us? Ask the Brewer’s Association, who awarded it the Gold Medal for ‘Best Non-Alcoholic Beer in America.’ In other words, you can still get together for happy hour with your coworkers or watch the playoffs with your pals without stressing about your alcohol consumption.
Bonus: From now through March 31, you can buy a Sam Adams Just the Haze and get $4 back. Where Just The Haze is sold, scan the QR code seen on posters, take a photo of the receipt, submit it, and find the money in your Venmo or Paypal.
Where to Go Out in NYC When You’re Not Drinking
Much more than drinks and bites, Amsterdam Billiards is the place to be when you want to go out but still want to keep things lowkey. They have games like ping pong, darts, and foosball, plus 27 pool tables, so there’s always something to do. The food is great, and they have a full bar menu that includes Just the Haze for anyone looking to cut back on their alcohol intake.
Where: 110 E 11th St at 4th Ave, New York, NY
Bayard's Ale House
Grab a non-alc drink at a historic Irish pub in the heart of the West Village. Bayard's Ale House has a history that dates back to the Revolutionary War. It’s the oldest structure on Charles Street and has been designated an official landmark of the City of New York. You’ll find a welcoming ambiance and some of the best wings and burgers in the city.
Where: 533 Hudson St, New York, NY
For a place to watch the game or take in views, head to Beer Authority in Times Square, where you’ll find Sam Adams non-alc drink options, elevated pub fare, an open-air rooftop, and state-of-the-art HD TVs.
Where: 300 W 40th St, New York, NY
Enjoy a night of good old-fashioned fun at Brooklyn Bowl, where you can try your best to get a strike while watching NY sports and chowing down on French Bread Pizzas. More than your run-of-the-mill bowling alley, Brooklyn Bowl has TVs for watching every touchdown, themed nights, shows, family days, and a mouthwatering menu.
Where: 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Playoff season is almost here, and if you need a place to gather the gang and watch your favorite team, Pioneers Bar in Chelsea is a good go-to spot. They play every NFL game on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays, plus they have games like Giant Jenga, Star Wars Pinball, Boxing, Basketball, Beer Pong Master, and more. You’ll also find non-alcoholic drinks like Just the Haze and Gold Rush (a non-alcoholic golden lager) on the menu.
Where: 138 W 29th St, New York, NY
From brunch to burgers to daily specials and more, Brewski’s has all the trademarks of a friendly neighborhood bar. With an outdoor patio, a comfortable atmosphere, a large selection of craft beers, and options for non-alcoholic drinks, it’s an easy crowd-pleaser when you’re looking to accommodate a group of friends.
Where: 3718 E Tremont Ave, Bronx, NY
Another Irish Bar nestled in the West Village, Hudson Hound boasts a design-forward interior, including a cozy fireplace perfect for winter outings. You’ll find traditional bar bites alongside menu items like housemade Irish soda bread and sticky toffee pudding, plus a selection of plant-based dishes and non-alcoholic beverages.
Where: 575 Hudson St, New York, NY
Tryon Public House
Spend a day at Inwood’s Fort Tryon Park (one of the most underrated parks in NYC if you ask us). From stunning Hudson views to nature-filled greenways, this sprawling space is a bit of a hidden gem in Upper Manhattan. Then, make your way to Tryon Public House, only a few steps away from the park and the A train, for a friendly neighborhood spot to kick back and relax with bar bites, craft beer, non-alcoholic drinks, or weekend brunch.
Where: 4740 Broadway, New York, NY
Five Iron Golf
Spend a night out with friends working on your swing at Five Iron Golf. Whether you’re an experienced golfer or you’ve never picked up a club, you’ll have fun with flexible event spaces, locally crafted food menus, table games like ping pong and shuffleboard, and widescreen TVs.
Where: Various locations
This local bar in the heart of Williamsburg has something for everyone. They have trivia and karaoke nights, games like skeeball and pinball, plus a free personal pizza with every drink purchase—including non-alcoholic bevs.
Where: 174 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Take the Tramway to Roosevelt Island (an experience in and of itself) and stroll through the Riverwalk Commons—a pretty waterfront park with skyline views and green space—before making your way to Granny Annie’s. The cozy Irish Pub is full of charm and offers views of the Queensboro Bridge and both Manhattan and Queens. You can also host private events and parties, and they’ve got Sam Adams Just the Haze on their drinks menu.
Where: 435 Main St, Roosevelt Island, NY
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