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What Tourists Should Know about Visiting Bars in New York City

New York City is unlike any other city. Therefore, it stands to reason that the bars in New York may be a bit different than bars in other cities. If you're visiting the area, knowing about these differences can help you fit in like a local. Even those who live in the city may learn something new.

Why are there kids at the bar?

Tourists may be surprised to find kids sitting at the bar. Don't be alarmed; it's all within the limits of the law. There are many restaurants with bar in the city. If an adult comes in with a child, the child is allowed to sit at the bar to eat, as long as the adult is sitting there too. If a bar does not serve food, children are not allowed to enter and sit at the bar.

The city that never sleeps

Since New York is known as the city that never sleeps, it shouldn't be surprising that bars here can remain open later into the night than those in other cities. New York City is always lively. No matter what time of day or night you step outside, you'll be able to find something to do.

  • Alcohol can be served until 4:00 a.m.

  • Bars can start serving alcohol again at 7:00 a.m. except on Sunday, when alcohol cannot be served until noon.

  • Bars can remain open between four and seven in the morning, but they just can't serve alcohol.

Can you order a drink?

While New York is unique, one area where it is the same as the rest of the country is the drinking age. You must be 21 years of age to order a drink in the city. The drinking age was raised from 19 to 21 in 1985. Therefore, while someone underage may be able to enter the bar, they cannot order a drink, and another person cannot order them one either.

If you get the chance to visit NYC, be sure to check out the area bars. They are all unique. Some have entertainment, some have game nights, they all have a special atmosphere and vibe that only a bar in New York City would have. You'll have a great time. It's a nice way to mingle with the locals and see what New York's nightlife is all about.

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