Bars come in all sizes and shapes in NYC from very old historic ones to brand spanking new ones. But some of the most interesting bars are what are called ‘themed’ bars all set up to indulge your secret or not so secret fantasies while you drink and enjoy yourself. There are miles too many to list them all, but here’s a few of the themed bar genres you can dip into.
If you are into comic book heroes, head off to Gotham City Lounge in Bushwick and if you want to see what you’re getting check it out in the video. Then there’s The Way Station in Prospect Heights which all Dr Who obsessives will love and The Slaughtered Lamb Pub in West Village which will makes all werewolves feel at home.
Some themed bars make it their life’s work to recreate the places/activities that people just love so there is the Camping bar in Boerum Hill so you can slip into the fun of camping out without actually doing it, Reunion, a surfer bar in the Theater District and The Trailer Park Lounge in Chelsea.
Tiki bars are vey popular and the Zombie Hut in Gowanus is one of the best as is Otto’s Shrunken Head in East Village and the Sunken Harbor Club at Fort Defiance in Red Hook.
Bars which aim for an historical feel are Lillie’s with a fabulously overwrought Victorian theme which you can find in Times Square and you can get your medieval on if you vist the
Cloister Cafe in the East Village.
And of coure NYC speakeasy bars and all over the place, some of them origina hangovers from prohibtion times. Get yourself to Death & Company in the East Viallage, drop into Bathtub Gin in Chelsea and finish up at Backroom in the Lower East Side to indulge your 1920′s self.
There are some not easy to categorize but you should not miss them they’re so great. There’s The Beauty Bar in Gramercy where you can drink and have a manicure at the same time, the KBG in the East Village for those that are inclined to love all things Russian and Wicked Willy that supports pirates of all kinds.