Get in the Spirit at These Festive Holiday Bars

IMG_2659Union Square is home to two of the five Best Holiday Bars in New York City, as rated by Huff Post New York. Just a short walk from the world-famous Union Square Holiday Market, these are the perfect spots to embrace the holiday spirit after finding that one-of-a-kind gift.

Lillie’s Victorian Bar & Restaurant
b4c660d478bf11e383070ea72d1523a0_8Making the list was Lillie’s Victorian Bar & Restaurant on East 17th Street just off Union Square Park. Lillie’s is known for their classic Victorian decorations. The bar’s ornate wooden carvings and antiquities create a comfortable atmosphere. Huff Po recommends patrons try The Lady Gimlet.

Lillie’s Bar & Restaurant
13 East 17th Street (between Union Square West and Fifth Avenue)

Pete’s Tavern2014-12-10-petestavern-thumbOpening in 1864, Pete’s Tavern is considered the oldest continuously operated tavern in the city (during prohibition the place continued disguised as a flower shop). During the holidays, Pete’s is decked out with wreaths and festive garland under the glow of a ceiling completely covered in holiday lights.  At Pete’s, Huff Po recommends trying the Egg Nog.

Pete’s Tavern
129 East 18th Street (at Irving Place)