That time of year is here once more, and the spooky spirit is coming back to the city in full force! The best Halloween bars New York City offers are in no short supply of seasonal drinks, parties, and activities, but finding the best ones can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re looking for. This nifty list will help you make the most out of Halloween weekend without missing a beat.


Duff’s Brooklyn

This gritty dive bar on the South Side of Williamsburg offers metalheads an eerily-lit atmosphere that blends horror with the music genre in a seamless way. Cold beers and loud music complement the memorabilia and posters adorning the inside of Duff’s. Come check out the games, jukebox regularly updated with new metal/rock music, and fake electric chair for great pictures. 


The Flying Fox Tavern

A ghoulish new haunt located in Ridgewood, The Flying Fox Tavern offers a year-round phantasmic atmosphere for its patrons to enjoy. Stop by to take in their delightfully dreadful drink menu, with hits like the Nosferatu- a savory coffee cocktail- or the Bunnicula: a simple vodka and carrot juice blend. The Flying Fox Tavern is set to host The Haunting of Woodward Avenue, a murder mystery dinner event where costumes are encouraged on the 27th and 28th of this month.


Oscar Wilde

Easily one of the top bars in the city during Halloween, Oscar Wilde goes all out every year, from creepy decorations scattered about to an extensive cocktail selection and an annual costume party! The Victorian-themed bar pairs well with the dramatic, spectral aesthetic, and service is both friendly and efficient- lending to the whimsical feel of the interior. Halloween is a busy time for Oscar Wilde so consider making reservations before you go.


Watermark Bar

This Seaport District gem boasts autumn and Halloween vibes alongside pints of tasty beer and hearty meals with a breathtaking view to boot! This year’s Halloween weekend offers a “Fear on the Pier” series of events running from the 27th to the 29th- with a spooky brunch, Fright Fest, and Haunted Pier Bash planned for the weekend festivities. Seaport is also hosting its first annual Pumpkin Fest that runs through November 7th near Pier 17 so there’s tons the neighborhood has to offer. 


Lillie’s Victorian Establishment

Oscar Wilde’s sister establishment transforms into an eerie setup filled with a festive ambiance draped in cobwebs and skeletons as soon as you enter. More than twenty unique cocktails are offered at the bar alongside a wide selection of respectable wines and beers. Lillie’s Victorian Establishment has two locations to choose from, one in Times Square and the other in Union Square. Both locations deck themselves out in decorations during the Halloween season.