Manhattan's Best Big Bars for Groups

Large groups are often the most fun to go out with, but sometimes finding a space to fit the group can be a bit of a challenge, especially in the tight confines of NYC. These five bars are spacious and welcoming, making for perfect group destinations. Get your drink (and your eat!) on at any one of these fine establishments next time you’re traveling Manhattan with a large group in tow.

Best of NYC Biggest Bars for Groups: Houston Hall (West Village)

Houston Hall is one of New York City’s most unique beer halls, and the rustic design and high ceilings make it ideal for large groups visiting the city. This always entertaining establishment also frequently hosts themed events, including DJ Saturday Nights and Hangover Sundays for those looking for good deals and a good time. Enjoy $2 sliders, $6 drinks, and $6 appetizers from 4pm to 7pm Monday through Friday, along with a menu consisting of 12 draft beers, nine classic cocktails, and 10 house wines. 222 W. Houston St., 212-675-9323,

Best of NYC Biggest Bars for Groups: The Tippler (Chelsea)

Beneath the Chelsea Market resides The Tippler, a NYC bar that’s drenched in history and filled with innovative craft cocktails and locally sourced ingredients. The cellar space that The Tippler is hidden within makes for a speakeasy vibe, while the actual space itself is still large, expansive, and great for large groups. Cocktails include Monkey Business (Bulleit Rye Whiskey, banana, walnut, Angostura, and orange bitters) and That’s My Jam! (Macchu Pisco, blueberry jam, lemon, orange, wheat beer), while marinated mushrooms, smashed fingerling potatoes in queso fresco, and Cuban sandwiches can be found on the food menu. 425 W. 15th St., 212-206-0000,

Best of NYC Biggest Bars for Groups: The Jeffrey (Upper East Side)

Once the weather warms up, The Jeffrey’s outdoor patio is the perfect place to hang out, drink up, and even get caffeinated. The bar spends the mornings brewing up locally-roasted artisanal coffees from Brooklyn Roasting Co., and later transforms itself into a spacious bar with 30 rotating, hard-to-find international and local brews. With 10 taps, a custom-built draft system, an array of organic wines, and a full menu of “gastro-bites” (house made beef jerky, paninis, pickled veggies, and Murray’s Cheese sandwiches), The Jeffrey is a one-stop shop for you and your entire group. 311 E. 60th St., 212-355-2337,

Best of NYC Biggest Bars for Groups: West End Hall (Upper West Side)

Enjoy both private and communal tables at West End Hall, the Upper West Side’s upscale beer hall that features both a modern interior and backyard garden. Choose between 30 bottled beer options and 20 draught beers and ciders on rotation while you also get some snacking done. The Parmesan Truffle Hand Cut Fries are an absolute must, as are the Maya Shrimp Tacos and Loaded Nachos. 2756 Broadway, 212-662-7200,

Best of NYC Biggest Bars for Groups: The Penrose (Upper East Side)

The porcelain tile flooring, exposed brick walls, and reclaimed wooden interiors at The Penrose come together to create a beautifully intimate yet spacious bar and gastropub. 13 Draft Beers and 13 bottled beers are available at the bar, along with an impressive selection of whiskies (single malt, bourbon, American, rye, and Irish). As far as eats go, you won’t go hungry at The Penrose, with a large variety of plates ranging from fried chicken sandwiches to fish and chips. 1590 Second Ave., 212-203-2751,

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