NYC Bars Permanently Closed Due to Covid-19 Pandemic

covid-19It gives us great pain every time we update this page.

Every announced bar closing represents a dream that has ended: Countless jobs and opportunities lost, from the front of the house (bartenders, wait staff, managers, security, and bar backs) to the back of the house (kitchen, janitorial, clerical); Potential financial ruin for the ownership; Loss of clients for all the vendors that supply each venue; Plus the loss of community and family that each bar provides for their clientele and their neighborhoods.

New York City will get through this, and rise again, but unfortunately, without these venues. The bars listed below have announced that they will NOT be re-opening when the NY-Pause is lifted, or gave it a shot and could not continue:


Augustine: 5 Beekman St. (Nassau St.) New York, NY
Augustine (2016-2020), the upscale French brasserie at The Beekman Hotel in the Financial District, will not re-open. Owner Keith McNally announced via instagram: “Due to the impact of Covid, I’m sorry to report that Augustine will have to close permanently. I have tried very hard to find a solution with our landlord, but he was simply not flexible enough to make this happen. “

  • Keith McNally’s FiDi Showstopper Augustine Permanently Shuts Down []
  • Keith McNally Is Closing Another Restaurant [GrubStreet]

Aqua Grill: 210 Spring St. (Sixth Ave.), SoHo, New York, NY.
SoHo oyster bar Aqua Grill (1996-2020) announced their closing in June. “We extend our deepest gratitude and love to each of our treasured employees, cherished patrons and sensational vendors.” There is a GoFundMe campaign for their employees: The Aquagrill Employee Relief Fund
Beacon Bar: 2130 Broadway (between 74th & 75th St.)
Mike Mishkin of reported that Beacon Bar, the cocktail bar at Hotel Beacon, closed in June, according to bartender Mike Manjon

Beverly’s: 21 Essex St. (between Hester & Canal St.) New York, NY.
Lower-east side art bar Beverly’s (2013-2020) announced July 1 via instagram:”As the NYC Phase 3 for bars has been postponed, we are looking reality in the face, and know that we cannot afford to keep the bar at 21 Essex any longer. We have simply been shut down too long, and the exorbitant costs of having a bar in Lower Manhattan are far too expensive to pay without being able to operate at full capacity.” They plan to move foreward as an arts organization, organizing art exhibitions, performances, collaborations and more.
Chumley’s: 86 Bedford St. (between Grove & Barrow St.)
Reports say that Chumley’s, the historic West Village bar dating to prohibition era (1927-2007; 2016-2020) has closed. The contents of the bar were placed up for auction but where then withdrawn.

  • Iconic NYC speak-easy Chumley’s closes [NY Post]
  • Has the Chumley’s Reboot Been Eighty-sixed? [GrubStreet]
  • Iconic NYC speak-easy Chumley’s closes [NY Post]
  • Greenwich Village Speakeasy Chumley’s Reportedly Closed For Good [Gothamist]

Coogan’s Pub: 4015 Broadway (169th St.) Washington Heights, New York, NY.
Coogan’s was a Coogan’s is a neighborhood saloon with an Irish feel and a multicultural clientele (1985-2020). David Hunt, Peter Walsh, & Tess O’Connor McDade announced the closing on facebook on April 20, 2020.

  • An Elegy for an Old Friend: Coogan’s. [Medium]
  • Coogan’s, NYC’s Track and Field Bar, Is Closing, But the Memories (and Paraphernalia) Live on[Runners World]
  • Farewell Coogan’s- a Marine’s Tavern

Copacabana: 268 W. 47th St. (between Broadway & Eighth Ave.) Times Square, New York, NY.
The fourth location of “the hottest spot north of Havana” (2011-2020) has closed but plans to re-open at a new location in the future.

  • Iconic Manhattan nightclub Copacabana closing to move to undisclosed location next year [Daily News]

Crispo: 240 W. 14th St. (between Seventh & Eighth Ave.) reports that Crispo (2002-2020), the Italian restaurant & wine bar, has closed. They had set up a GoFundMe for their employees back in March, and on April 18 wrote: “We did not get the funding from the government even though we applied on the day it was announced.”
The Cupping Room Café: 359 W. Broadway (Broome) New York, NY.
Soho restaurant & bar The Cupping Room Café (1977-2020) announced on June 18 via instagram: “like many other restaurants, we have fallen victim to COVID 19. It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that we will be closing our doors for good.”
Daddy-O’s: 44 Bedford St. (between Leroy St. & Carmine St.) Greenwich Village, New York, NY.
West Village bar closed for good on April 30.

  • West Village Dive Bar Favorite Daddy-O Has Permanently Closed []

The Ellington: 936 Amsterdam Ave. (106th St.)
Upper West Side gastropub The Ellington (2013-2020) announced July 1 via instagram: “We are sorry & sad The Ellington will not reopen after covid, however we are happy to say we will back again very soon at a new location only one block away.” They were planning to re-locate to Broadway & W. 105th St. before the pandemic hit. They also run The Ellington in the Park, the outdoor bar & restaurant in Riverside Park at W. 105th St.
Foley’s: 18 W. 33rd St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.) New York, NY.
Foley’s was a legendary sports bar known for its enormous collection of sports memorabilia. (1994-2020). Owner Shaun Clancy announced on facebook May 29th that Foley’s would not re-open. 

  • Revered Midtown sports bar Foley’s, with its memorabilia and memories, to close doors for good after coronavirus shutdown [Daily News]
  • New York’s Best Baseball Bar Has Closed. What Will Happen to Its Incredible Memorabilia Collection?[GrubStreet]

Gotham Bar & Grill: 12 E. 12th St. (between 5th & University Pl.) Greenwich Village, New York, NY.
Gotham Bar & Grill was a Greenwich Village hotspot for 36 years (1984-2020). reported they were permanently closing with their final night March 14, just before all restaurants & bars were ordered closed, because because “the unforeseen situation created by the coronavirus has made operation of the restaurant untenable”.

  • Inside the Rowdy, Crowded Final Night of Gotham Bar and Grill []

Highlands: 150 W. 10th St. (between Waverly Pl. & Greenwich Ave.) Greenwich Village, New York, NY. reported on June 3 that Highlands, the Scottish gastropub with extensive scotch collection in Greenwich Village (2009-2020) will not re-open.

  • West Village Scottish Gastropub Highlands Closes After a Decade []

Lucky Strike: 59 Grand St. (between Wooster & West Broadway) Soho, New York, NY
Soho French-American bistro (1989-2020). You can donate to Lucky Strike Employee Covid-19 Relief Fund via GoFundMe

  • Keith McNally’s Lucky Strike Has Permanently Closed After 31 Years

Jameson’s: 975 Second Ave. (between 51st & 52nd St.) New York, NY.
Midtown Irish pub Jameson’s (1987-2020) announced July 27 via their social media: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that Jamesons will not be opening its doors again. Our attempts to negotiate re-opening that would allow us to operate and recover from the pandemic proved unfruitful.” They will have one final night with live music on Friday, July 31, 2020
Maxwell’s: 59 Reade St. (between Broadway & Church St.), Tribeca, New York, NY
Vandalism on top of the covid-19 shutdown may be too much for Maxwell’s (2011-2020) to bear. Fox 17 reports that owner Michael Casey said “We’re done. There’s too much destruction…The bills keep piling up. The phone calls keep coming in.” Their Harlem location,Maxwell’s Central Park, 1325 Fifth Ave. (between 111th & 112th St.), remains open.

  • Maxwell’s closed, then was looted, and now might be done [Tribeca Citizen]
  • Former NY firefighter says looters destroyed bar, now he must close and file bankruptcy[Fox 17]

Momofuku Ssäm Bar: 207 Second Ave. (13th St.)
East Village Korean bar (2006-2020) will re-locate to Momofuku’s Wayo location at the South Street Seaport when restaurants are allowed to re-open

  • The Legacy of David Chang’s Ssäm Bar, an NYC Icon Leaving Its East Village Home []
  • Momofuku Will Close Three Restaurants []

Oxbow Tavern: 240 Columbus Ave. (71st St.) Upper West Side, New York, NY.
The upscale American tavern announced on June 3 via facebook and instagram: “We’re sad to report that Oxbow Tavern has closed. But we’re pleased to report (to paraphrase Mark Twain) that ‘reports of our death are greatly exaggerated!’ – we intend to reopen. The reason we are closing is we think it will be a long time – possibly as long as 1-2 years – before fine dining returns to 2019 levels.”
Paris Café: 119 South St. (Peck Slip) New York, NY.
Operating since 1873, Paris Cafe at the South Street Seaport announced on May 3, 2020 “Through no fault of anyone but the outbreak of this virus we are unable to forge a way forward that makes economic sense. We had no option but to close our doors.” [posted on facebook]

  • After 147 years at the Seaport, The Paris Café is Closing for GoodTribeca Citizen

Pegu Club: 77 W. Houston St. (West Broadway) 2nd floor
Pegu was one of NYC’s premier cocktail bars (2005-2020).  Owner Audrey Saunders announced the closing via twitter on April 30, 2020. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”. You can donate to the staff via GoFundMe.
Perdition: 692 Tenth Ave. (between 48th & 49th St.) New York, NY.
Perdition was a bar & lounge in Hell’s Kitchen (2005-2020). Owner Sean Byrne posted on facebook on June 9: “I’m so sorry to have to tell you that Perdition is no more. Unfortunately Covid 19 has been the end for us. We will miss our amazing staff and customers. I can honestly say that the time we shared was a great pleasure.”
Pig ‘n’ Whistle on 3rd: 922 Third Ave. (between 55th & 56th St.) New York, NY.
The Pig ‘n Whistle on Third Ave. (1999-2020) was one of a group of Pig n Whistle Irish pubs in NYC.  Owner Ken McCoy announced on May 1, 2020 via facebook & instragram that it will not be re-opening.  There was a GoFundMe for their employees.  Ken invites patrons to visit his other Farmhouse hospitality properties: The Horny Ram and The Flying Cock.
Professor Thom’s: 219 Second Ave. (between 13th & 14th St.) New York, NY.
EV Grieve reports that East Village sports Professor Thom’s (2005-2020) has closed. It was the home for all New England sports fans in NYC.

  • Professor Thom’s Doesn’t Look to be Reopening []

Randall’s Barbecue: 359 Grand St. (Essex St.) New York, NY.
Barbecue restaurant & bar on the lower east side.  Chef/owner Jared Male announced on April 1 via facebook. “We tried keeping our doors open as long as possible, but the time has come”
The Rusty Knot: 425 West St. (W. 11th St.) New York, NY.
Nautical themed bar The Rusty Knot (2008-2020) in the West Village has closed. Owner Taavo Somer posted on instagram: “…we succumb to another New York City landlord during a pandemic”

  • Ken Friedman’s Nautical West Village Dive Bar the Rusty Knot Closes []

Toro: 85 Tenth Ave. (15th St.) New York, NY.
Barcelona style tapas restaurant Toro in Chelsea announced on facebook March 25 that “Toro NYC has come to the end of our journey”.  You can donate to the staff of Toro via GoFundMe.

  • Freewheeling Tapas Spot Toro NYC Has Shuttered Permanently []

Trading Post: 170 John St. (South Street Seaport), New York, NY.
classic American restaurant & bar Trading Post (2013-2020) announced on their website: “We are so sorry to say that Trading Post will not be opening again after COVID-19. Thanks to our staff and patrons who supported us over the years. We will miss you!”
Vin Sur Vingt: 66 West Broadway (between Warren & Murray St.)
Tribeca Citizen reported on June 26 that the Tribeca location (2017-2020) of Vin Sur Vingt, the chain of French wine bars, will not re-open. The owners noted: “Given the uncertainty and risk with operating such an intimate space both from a business and social distancing standpoint during this time, it would have likely been difficult to manage.”

Zagara: 216 Seventh Ave. (between 22nd & 23rd St.) reported that Zagara, an Italian wine bar in Chelsea, is closed, with a “store for rent” sign in the window.


Brooklyn Cider House 1100 Flushing Ave. (between Varick & Porter Ave.) Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.
Brooklyn Cider House (2017-2020) announced on June 10 on instagram: “Unfortunately, we will be closing our Bushwick location permanently. With the pandemic cancelling our events and wedding business and the need to continue to social distance and limit capacity in the coming months, we felt it would not be possible for us to sustain the high operating costs.⁠⁠” Brooklyn Cider House continues to produce cider at their cidery and farm in New Paltz in the Hudson Valley. Their ciders will still be available for NY state delivery and at retailers, restaurants and bars throughout NY, NJ, PA, VA, and Washington DC
Cherry Point: 664 Manhattan Ave. (between Norman & Nassau Ave.) Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY.
Cherry Point, a British-inspired tavern (2016-2020) will not re-open. They have a GoFundMe page to help support the staff that are out of work.

  • Cherry Point Permanently Closes as Relief Fund Raises Money for Staff []

Divine Bar & Grill: 896 Broadway (between Arion Pl. & Belvidere Dr.) Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.
Divine Bar & Grill (2013-2020) owner Eric Goldspiel announced on May 22 that they would close May 31, 2020 after 7 years. “A bar is simply not a bar without socialization; it just doesn’t work.”
The Douglass: 149 Fourth Ave. (Douglass St.) Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.
Park Slope neighborhood sports pub The Douglass (2016-2020) announced via social media on July 25: “The Douglass has poured its final pint. Unfortunately we are not able to reopen in these uncertain times. We are gutted. It has been a fun and wild ride introducing ourselves to the community and hopefully giving you all a place to grab a pint and a bite and to have a chat. A huge thank you to all of our staff throughout the past 4 years that have helped create an atmosphere where all were welcome.”
Glady’s Caribbean: 788 Franklin Ave. (Lincoln Pl.), Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY.
Glady’s Caribbean rum bar (2013-2020) announced on June 26 via instagram: “Unfortunately, due to the financial stress of Covid-19 and failed negotiations with our landlord, Glady’s will be closing indefinitely”. They invite you to their sister restaurant, Mo’s Original and bar Any Thing in Prospect Lefferts Gardens

  • Crown Heights Caribbean Stunner Glady’s Shuts Down[]

Green Grape Annex: 753 Fulton St. (S. Portland Ave.), Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY.
The Green Grape announced via instagram on April 24 that they will be closing their Annex down the block. “We’re sorry to inform all of our loyal customers that Greene Grape Annex is officially closed.”

  • Fort Greene Cafe Greene Grape Annex Closes for Good Due to Coronavirus []

Jack the Horse Tavern: 66 Hicks St. (Cranberry St.)
Brooklyn Heights neighborhood tavern Jack the Horse (2006-2020) announced on their website: “After 15 years of serving guests and friends in Brooklyn Heights we are closing the doors of Jack the Horse Tavern. The events surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have weighed too heavily on us financially for us to continue.”
Kinfolk: 90-94 Wythe Ave. (N. 11th St.) Wi
Kinfolk, the cafe, cocktail bar, performance space & pop-up store in Williamsburg, announced on July 14 via instagram: “It is with great sadness we share the news that Kinfold will not be returing & is closing its doors permanently…the reality of the extended shut down and piling up operational costs has essentially forced the decision to be made for us”
Mullanes Bar & Grill: 71 Lafayette Ave. (S. Elliot Pl.) Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY. reports that Mullanes, an Irish pub and sports bar in Fort Greene, has closed.
Pequena: 86 S. Portland Ave. (between Fulton St. & Lafayette Ave.) Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY.
Brookyn Mexican Restaurant Pequana (2006-2020) announced July 6 via instagram: “Pequena has permanently closed… We simply do not have the capability to fulfill the dining requirements for the current climate.”
The Way Station: 683 Washington Ave. (between Prospect & St. Marks) Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY
Self-described “nerd bar” The Way Station(2011-2020) announced the closing on June 23: “the reality of business after the Covid-19 lockdown is that due to social distancing we will never be able to have enough customers in the bar over the next 12-18 months to generate enough revenue to remain open. It is for this reason that we have made the painful and difficult decision to close our doors permanently.” Their website has a “ghost tip jar”, where you can venmo tips to their out of work staff

  • Prospect Heights Nerd Bar the Way Station Permanently Closes[]


Alewife: 5-14 51st Ave. (between 51st St. & Vernon Blvd.) Long Island City, NY.
Alewife is a craft beer bar in Long Island City (2011-2020). Owner Patrick Donagher announced on facebook June 9: “we’ve been forced to let go of our beloved Alewife NYC due to the financial pressure of the pandemic.” Alewife Brewing Company is still selling it’s own craft beer out of its soon to be opened brewery based in Sunnyside, Queens. “I think July will be our last month in LIC, hopefully the brewery will be up and running soon after.” You can donate to the staff via GoFundMe.
Dutch Kills Centraal: 38-40 29th St. (39th Ave.) Long Island City, Queens, NY.
Dutch Kills Centraal gastropub (2012-2020) announced on June 14 via their website: “With a sad heart and much soul searching, we are unfortunately not able to re-open Dutch Kills Centraal and have closed permanently. We thank you, our patrons and community, and, are moved by the emotions expressed from neighbors and friends in sharing their disappointment at our ceasing of business.”
El Coqui Billiards & Lounge: 54-19 Myrtle Ave. (Palmetto St.), Ridgewood, NY.
Second floor billiard lounge El Coqui (2011-2020) announced closing on May 23 via facebook: “Thank you Ridgewood for all the wonderful memories. Due to Covid-19, we will not be re-opening. God bless and stay safe.”
Gussy’s: 20-14 29th St. (between 20th & 21st Ave.), Astoria, NY.
Gussy’s announced on facebook on March 20: “That’s all folks. I wanna thank ALL the bands who were cool who played Gussy’s past 11 years. All the people who came in support of live local music…I love yooz all, the final nail in the coffin has bean struck!”
Irish Cottage: 108-07 72nd Ave. (Austin St.) Forest Hills, NY.
The Irish Cottage was a family-run Irish Pub owned by the McNulty family (1960-2020). Mrs. Kathleen McNulty passed away in April, and shortly after, her son Danny announced the closing on facebook, noting: “My mom would say…There’s no use crying in your beer. May the fond memories & good times shared by our patrons of the Irish Cottage burn bright in their hearts forever more”

Jack & Nellie’s: 108-25 Ascan Ave. (between Burns St. & Austin St.), Forest Hills, NY.
Jack & Nellie’s new American restaurant & bar (2012-2020) announced on May 24 via instagram that it will not re-open. “It is often the uncontrollable factors of what life hands us that determine how we move forward; sadly, our time serving you is cut short.”

  • Jack & Nellie’s Bar/Restaurant in Forest Hills Shutters After 8 Year Run [Sunnyside Post]

Woodhaven House: 63-98 Woodhaven Blvd. (Fleet Ct.), Rego Park, NY.
Woodhaven House was a large Irish Pub & restaurant in Rego Park (2004-2020). Owners John Cregan and John Gallagher announced the closing May 7, 2020 via facebook, noting “it’s not financially possible to continue”.

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