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NYC Hot Spots: Holiday Bar

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From ambiance to happy hour to events to location, here’s everything you need to know about Holiday Bar, a vibey West Village hot spot

  • Address: 10 Downing Street
  • Neighborhood: West Village
  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 5:30pm-11pm (Bar ‘til Late)
  • Best Time to Go: Group Dinner at 9pm 
  • Vibe: ‘80s, Gay, Crowded (in a good way)
  • Website: HolidayBarNYC.com
  • Instagram: @HolidayBarNYC 

Overview of Holiday Bar

Holiday Bar is from the same people who brought us Saint Theo’s and American Bar. While some of its food menu offers nods to some of the dishes at American Bar, Holiday Bar feels completely different from its sister restaurants — and decidedly much gayer. 

About a year and a half ago it overtook the amazing corner that the extremely basic Café Clover used to occupy. Its presence brings vibrant energy to the corner of Sixth Avenue and Houston Street, giving you the opportunity to stop in for a late dinner or pregame drinks. 

The food is solid, drawing inspiration from “coastal cuisines from throughout the world,” meaning that it leans heavily on seafood. Standout dishes include the peanut chicken salad, miso black cod and jerk chicken. The steak frites also come with curly fries, which is a fun twist.

But, really, you don’t come here for the food. You come to Holiday Bar to eat while you drink, to see and be seen and to start your night. Chances are someone you’re with will run into someone they know. Or, even better, someone famous. Taylor Swift came here with HAIM the night that she released 1989 (Taylor’s Version), it’s a noted favorite of several RHONY women and Julia Fox once at dinner at Holiday Bar with Emily Ratajkowski.

Why go to Holiday Bar?

Holiday Bar has the appeal of a neighborhood restaurant but turns it on its head: Instead of having a chance encounter with your downstairs neighbor, you’ll probably have a chance encounter with a guy you made out with once. You come to Holiday Bar for the vibes, the classic cocktails and to get a touch of the scene before a night out. 

Ambiance of Holiday Bar?

The ambiance at Holiday Bar is distinctly ‘80s, in an intentional way. The booths are off-white and tubular — try to snag a big, round one with a group of friends. The bar is often packed with a combination of dates and people waiting for their tables under a neon light in the shape of a god. The rapport between the staff and the diners is familiar and friendly, like you’re both at the same party.

If you like these other restaurants… you’ll like Holiday Bar:

  • Saint Theo’s
  • The Tyger
  • Cafeteria

Holiday Bar not your thing? Here are other restaurants nearby:

  • Fairfax
  • Bar Pitti
  • Cecchi’s

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