The 10 Best New Bars in NYC, 2014

Another year, another smashing set of bars opening in NYC. This city has long been world-class for imbibing, and 2014 upped the ante again. Without further ado, our 10 best new bars of 2014.

10. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, 151 West 51st Street, 212-554-1143

Le Bernardin wine director Aldo Sohm launched this affiliated wine bar in midtown, a more casual -- yet still immaculate -- spot to eat and drink. The deep by-the-glass list skews Old World and classic, with selections from Burgundy and Bordeaux interspersed with wines from Germany, Austria, Greece, and Argentina. Voice wine writer Lauren Mowery points out that the Coravin wine flight might be the best way to go, economically; you get three pours of thematic wines for $30, and the set changes frequently.

The 10 Best New Bars in NYC, 2014
Eve Turow for the Village Voice

9. Fools Gold, 145 East Houston Street, 212-673-2337

Fools Gold is what happens when the owners of the Beerly Legal Group (which owns beer havens Alewife in Astoria and The Jeffrey on the Upper East Side) team up with the proprietors of East Village beer bar Idle Hands. This cavernous Houston Street space is devoted to both brews and whiskeys, and the team ensured that drinkers would find the best of both worlds when bellied up to the bar. Fools Gold's more than 30 taps pour rare suds from all over the world, and the back bar holds more than 80 rare expressions of American whiskey. The casual vibe and roomy digs ensure this spot is always full but comfortable -- it's a good place to go with a group.

8. Grand Banks, Pier 25, Hudson River Park, 212-960-3390

What's better than patio drinking? Boat drinking. And while a few ventures took to the water this year, none were as successful as Grand Banks, a 142-foot schooner that's a piece of living history. Board this seasonal vessel and toss back oysters with cocktails before moving on to lobster rolls and beer. Be sure to check out the old photographs and artifacts that line the walls, and stay for the occasional lecture, too.

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