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Best Rainy Day Bars In New York City

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New York City isn't always bright and sunny, but even when it's raining there's still plenty to do. Looking for a low-key bar where you can kick back and relax? In the mood for some arcade games and pool? Leave it to The Big Apple. Here are five of the best rainy day bars in New York City.

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Bowlmor Times Square
222 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 680-0012

What could be better than bowling, arcade games and delicious alcoholic beverages on a rainy day? Grab a group of friends and head to Bowlmor Times. Order a signature cocktail, beer, glass of wine or "Big Swig," and participate in a friendly game of bowling. Make your way toward the arcade, where you'll find retro games, kids games, glow-in-the-dark air hockey, prizes and much more. If you're feeling hungry, order some grub to keep you going from Bowlmor's menu, which includes appetizers, burgers, wraps, wings, flatbreads, pizzas and desserts. When it's time to go home, you won't want to leave!

Blue and Gold
79 E. 7th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-8918

Blue and Gold is just the type of bar you want to hang out in during a New York City rain storm. Enjoy a Lower East Side laid-back atmosphere, where drinks are strong and well-priced. Order a single malt scotch for $5 or a draft beer for $4, pick your favorite song on the jukebox, and sit back and relax. If you're up for a little friendly competition, join in on a game of pool.

Henry Public
329 Henry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 852-8630

If you're looking for a bar with an old-timey feel to frequent during those rainy days, look no further. Henry Public is a Brooklyn saloon located in Cobble Hill/Brooklyn Heights with pressed tin ceilings and wooden vintage decor. The bar is known for its selection of quality cocktails, beers, and New York state wines. Hang out at the bar or grab a table and order one of Henry Public's grass-fed hamburgers. Note: Henry Public is cash only, so don't forget to hit the ATM beforehand.

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Fat Cat
75 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-6956

If you like music and you like games, then Fat Cat is where you should be on a rainy day in New York City. With 10 pool tables, 10 ping pong tables, three foosball machines, three shuffleboard tables, plenty of chess and checkers, and many more game options, this is the ultimate stop for game enthusiasts. Due to Fat Cat's large space downtown, you will always be able to find a seat. If you're not in the mood to play any games, then sit back with your beer and listen to some live jazz music.

The Skylark
200 W 39th St.
30th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 257-4578

Enjoy gorgeous views of Manhattan year round, even in the rain! Located on the 30th floor, The Skylark is equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows that will impress anyone with its jaw-dropping views of the city. Sip on a cocktail while hanging out in the main lounge, and grab a bite to eat from The Skylark's small plate menu, which includes dishes such as Mac & Cheese Cupcakes and General Tsao's Crispy Cauliflower. You can also head over to the pool room for a quick game. Make sure to come back when the skies have cleared and check out the outdoor rooftop bar, open to the public on weekdays, and by reservation on the weekends.

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Lanya Trypupenko is a freelance writer living in NYC and covering all things New York. She is a self-proclaimed shopaholic who is always on the lookout for the latest trends and deals. Her work can be found on

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