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Yelp: Best lounge bars with dj in New York, NY

Woman’sDay: 9 Crazy Cocktail Concoctions

Yelp: Best DJ bars in New York, NY

Yelp: Manhattan’s Best 2-For-1 Happy Hours

Time Out Love New York Awards:  2nd place, Runner Up

Yelp: Best cozy fireplace bar near East Village, Manhattan, NY 

Yelp: Best cozy fireplace bar in New York, NY

Yelp: The Best 10 Lounges in New York, NY

Time Out New York: 13 amazing NYC Happy Hours to go late

CBS New York: CBS New York: 5 Best Happy Hours In the East Village

CBS New York: NYC’s 6 Best Bloody Marys

Gothamist:  The 7 Best Late Night Happy Hours In NYC

Foursquare: The 15 Best Places with Happy Hour Specials in the East Village, New York

Thrillist: Rolo shot and Brain Damage shot

Thrillist: 60 NYC Bars with Fireplaces

Thrillist: 10 weird and awesome shots you need to do right now

Citysearch: Best Bloody Mary in New York 2009

Citysearch: Best bartender in New York 2008

Citysearch: Best signature drinks in New York 2006

Cityysearch: Best signature drinks in New York 2005


In 2001, we, Attila and Gyuszi left Hungary to try our luck in the US. We combined our many years of bar experience from London and Hungary to open what was to be the best local bar in New York City. With just the shirts off our backs, we managed to construct an incredibly warm and cozy environment by hammering our fun spirit into every element of the bar, from the wood-burning fireplace to the vivid pictures on the walls.
When we opened KEYBAR Manhattan’s doors in October 2002, it quickly became a local favorite. In the next couple of years, KEYBAR continued to establish a strong presence in not only the East Village, but all five boroughs, by winning several “Best of New York” awards on Citysearch and receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews on Yelp, Google, Facebook, Zagat and many other online guides.

 KEYBAR is the home of the famous Rolo shot and many other delicious award-winning cocktails, martinis and shots created by owner/mixologist Attila, whose inspiration was to satisfy the most demanding palates. The other key to KEYBAR’s success is the great music played every day. By working with many talented up and coming DJs as well as established international DJs, KEYBAR provides a huge variety of musical styles and trends from the 80s 90s to the latest electronic and deep house music. The combination of tasty drinks, great music and fantastic hospitality from the owners, bartenders, DJs and regulars makes an experience that will keep you coming back. See you soon!




For me, KEYBAR satisfies my four greatest passions in life. Hosting, DJing, being a Mixologist and Designing. When I see the looks of satisfaction on my customer’s faces, I realize that the combination of these passions results in a sum that is greater than the whole.
KEYBAR attracts an eclectic crowd of A-listers. Local artists and regulars from all parts of the world who share the love of music and life. So if you want to have a real New York experience with an underground edge, come to KEYBAR!
I’m Attila and welcome to KEYBAR


keybarOur customers always ask my opinion about what is the most important thing in bar business? Of course, there are many important factors to run a successful bar. The most important one is to create a vibe, which is different from your day to day life. Someplace where you can feel as comfortable as you are in your own home. Relaxed as you are with your friends and family. Excited as when you are on a new date. Happy as you are on your own birthday.
If KEYBAR achieved all this than I know I gave you something important, hospitatlity. I can’t imagine running my bar any other way.
I’m Gyuszi and welcome to KEYBAR.