Sometimes you just need to unwind before heading back on the LIRR. Stressful days, colleagues wanting to get a drink, playing hooky from house chores—whatever the case, we have you covered with four bars right by Penn Station. Drink a beer or sip a cocktail at one of these joints before the trek back to Long Island.
Juniper Bar: 237 W. 35th street, between 7th and 8th
Juniper is a comfortable combination between cocktails and beer. The bar is upscale—backlit bottles of liquor invite you for another round and TVs play far enough above your head that either ignoring or watching them is easy. Tables are available if you’re hungry for American fusion, and happy hour—$6 glasses of wine, IPA and a house rosemary gin & tonic—is available from 4‑8 p.m. Go.
Tir Na Nóg: 315 W. 39th street, between 8th and 9th
The Penn Station location is closed for renovations until June, but the Times Square location is only a few blocks away. Unapologetically Irish, Tir Na Nóg has various sections both big and small for whatever vibe you’re looking for. There’s a wide-open central bar, a second, cozier bar, tables on a raised and sectioned off platform and a faux cottage. Happy hour is from 4 to 7pm with $5 beer, wine and cocktails and live music every Wednesday at 7pm. If you’re hungry you could always order shepherd’s pie or pork chops. Go.
John Sullivan’s: 210 W. 35th street, between 7th and 8th
John Sullivan’s is a cozy pub that can fit a number of bills. Downstairs there’s a bar, tables, TVs and a low ceiling; if you walk upstairs, a slightly higher brow bar waits with a tabled area that can be rented out for private meetings. Happy hour is available all day every day, which isn’t really happy hour anymore, but hey, $5 domestic bottles of beer are always available. Go.
Skylark: 200 W. 39th street, between 7th and 8th
Need to feel like a million bucks? Head to the 30th floor and walk into Skylark. A posh cocktail bar (“business/upscale casual dress” suggested), Skylark has a stunning view of Midtown Manhattan, from Times Square to the Hudson River. Reservations are recommended for a table, however if none are available you can relax in the communal bar area. Or you could play pool with the Empire State Building as the backdrop to your game. It’s only open Monday through Friday, so take comfort that Skylark seems to be geared toward a calm, after work crowd. Go.