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Best Day-drinking Spots in NYC

Deciding which neighborhood or restaurant to have brunch can be a difficult decision amongst any group. Thankfully we have a Bitchtastic Brunch Finder that will make that part as easy as one-two-three. Finding a place to continue imbibing after brunch is another story. It’s tough to find a place that’s open at 3 p.m. and not dark, dingy, or completely dead inside. We’ve got you covered with the absolute best spots to continue the festivities after brunch.

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Broken Shaker at The Freehand

Broken Shaker is one of our go-tos in Miami, so the Bitches were naturally ecstatic as soon as the rooftop oasis arrived in the city. The space is oh-so-cute and serves up delectable tropical cocktails. We highly recommend heading up to Broken Shaker after brunch at the Freehand. Check out our brunch experiences at Simon & the Whale and Studio at the Freehand.

The Freehand, 23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY (212) 475-1920

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Mother of Pearl

Make your way to Mother of Pearl for a serious daytime celebration. The Polynesian bar is filled with island vibes to transport you out of the dog days of winter. The menu is comprised of drinks named after songs. The cocktail menu is seasonal and rotates often. These aren’t your basic tiki drinks, but rather cocktails reimagined with a Polynesian flair. Since tiki typically implies rum, Mother of Pearl takes it a step further and blends Mezcal, tequila, and other spirits. Read all about the insane cocktails here.

Mother of Pearl, 95 Avenue A, New York, NY (212) 614-6818

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Pizza Beach

This LES hotspot isn’t just for great pizza. The airy and beachy blue interior is perfect for soaking up some sun indoors. The restaurant is spacious and great for groups to stroll in and lounge at the bar. Plus, there’s usually someone cute at the bar with whom you’ll want to strike up a conversation.
Pizza Beach, 167 Orchard St, New York, NY. (646) 852-6478

Santina Brunch

Santina

If the biergarten at the Standard is a bro-fest, head to Santina for fun drinks and a guaranteed good time. Imagine you’re in the Italian countryside instead of the New York City and saddle up with a cocktail or two. Enjoy brunch here earlier and continue the festivities at the bar. Read about our incredible brunch experience here.

Santina, 820 Washington St, New York, NY (212) 254-3000

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The Spaniard

This sexy spot is our favorite for not only brunch but for popping in for daytime drinks. Plus, you never know who you’ll meet at the bar at this dude-friendly spot. With mimosas, Bloody Marys, and a fully stocked bar, there’s something for just about everyone. But be warned, this place gets packed. Read more about our brunch experience here.

The Spaniard, 190 West 4th Street, New York, NY (212) 918-1986

The Woodstock
If you’re strolling the High Line and looking to pop off for drinks, the Woodstock is a bright idea. The ‘60s-inspired cocktail bar is just steps beneath the 14th St. Highline entrance. If you’re so over drinking $18 cocktails in the Meatpacking District, look no further than The Woodstock. High-quality cocktails are available for just $10 all day. The lively space includes a fuchsia pool table, communal seating, and a lounge area. Learn about our experience here.

The Woodstock, 446 W 14th St, New York, NY (212) 633-2000

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While We Were Young

Looking for ‘gram-worthy photos? While We Were Young serves up the most adorable cocktails on a marble-top bar and has the cutest lavender tufted seating. You never know what whimsical creations they’ll whip up at the West Village spot. It’s a great spot for catching up with your squad while painting the town pink. Read our brunch review here.

While We Were Young, 183 W 10th St, New York, NY (917) 675-6272

Shruti Shah

NYC Editor & Resident Vegetarian

Shruti has a love affair with gin and spicy food. By day she's hustling in PR for leading consumer brands. When she's OOO, you can find her at Daybreaker dance parties, exploring kitschy cocktail bars and reviewing veggie-friendly brunches.

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