NYC Bars Permanently Closed Due to Covid-19 Pandemic

covid-19It gives us great pain every time we update this page. In fact, sometimes I am literally ill after posting another story of economic carnage caused by the pandemic shutdown.

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 and other covid-related restrictions are lifted. Some of them gave it a shot, and could not continue in the current business environment:


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

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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]

Baker Street: 1152 First Ave. (63rd St.) New York, NY
English pub & sports bar Baker Street (2000-2020) is permanently closed
Bar Sardine: 183 W. 10th St. (W. 4th St.), Greenwich Village, New York, NY.
Neighborhood gastropub and oyster bar Bar Sardine (2014-2020) announced August 13, 2020 via instagram that their doors will close on August 27th. They were “unable to find an arrangement with the owner of our building that reflected the reality of the public health crisis and the constraints restaurants are operating under” and “had no responsible choice other than to close.”
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

Bedlam: 40 Avenue C (3rd St.) New York, NY
Bedlam (2010-2020) closed during the original shutdown in March, 2020, and did not re-open. In June, co-owner Daniel Nardicio announced via instagram that they are trying to sell it to focus more on Club Cumming Productions.
Benson’s: 181 Essex St. (between Houston & Stanton St.) New York, NY
Australian restaurant & Bar Benson’s (2015-2020) closed in October. Owners wrote on their website: “Obviously COVID-19 was not the way we wanted to go out…We can’t wait to share a beer with you on the other side.”
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 forward as an arts organization, organizing art exhibitions, performances, collaborations and more.
Bleecker Street Bar 56 Bleecker St. (Crosby St.)
Bleecker St. Bar (1990-2020) in NoHo announced on August 13 on instagram that they would close at the end of August. “All of our efforts to negotiate a reasonable lease extension with our landlord have failed. We will be looking into some possible future incarnation of Bleecker Street Bar, and we will keep fighting the good fight, but the one thing we know for sure is that our industry has taken some fatal blows, and the future is very uncertain.”
They have a petition to support their plans to relocate at 648 Broadway



Blue Smoke: 116 E. 27th St. (between Park Ave. S. & Lexington Ave.)
Union Square Hospitality Group announced December 2 via facebook that Blue Smoke (2002-2020) and The Jazz Standard (1997-2020) are closing. “Almost two decades ago, Union Square Hospitality Group set out on a pioneering journey to marry authentic pit barbecue with great jazz in New York City with the opening of Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard in NYC’s Flatiron neighborhood. It is with great sadness that USHG shares that Blue Smoke Flatiron and Jazz Standard will not be reopening on 27th Street.”

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Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room: 6 W. 24th St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.) New York, NY.
New Orleans themed Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room (2013-2020) in the Flatiron District announced on Sept. 9, 2020 via social media “It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to close our doors for the foreseeable future this coming Saturday the 12th.”
Brazen Fox: 106 Third Ave. (13th St.) New York, NY.
EV Greive reported on Sep. 21 that the Manhattan location of the White Plains, NY gastropub “abruptly shuttered last week. They had been open for takeout and curbside service”.

  • Closings: Brazen Fox, the Nugget Spot, Hu Kitchen, Mancora and Apna Masala

Chumley’s: 86 Bedford St. (between Grove & Barrow St.) New York, NY.
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]

Coyote Ugly Saloon: 153 First Ave. (between 9th & 10th St.), East Village, New York, NY
Lil’ Lovell, owner and founder of the legendary dive bar Coyote Ugly Saloon (1993-2020) announced Sept. 12, 2020 via youtube and social media: “We have been shuttered for 6 months in accordance with New York State Covid-19 restrictions and simply cannot continue to pay the rent.”

  • Famed NYC bar Coyote Ugly to Shut Down After Failed Rent Negotiations [NY Post]
  • The original Coyote Ugly Outpost Closes; New Location Expected on 14th Street [EV Grieve]

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 []

Dangerfield’s: 1118 First Ave. (between 61st & 62nd St.) Upper East Side, New York, NY.
Dangerfield’s (1969-2020), the comedy club founded by legendary comic Rodney Dangerfield announced on their website “with great sadness that after 50 years of continuous operations we will be closing our New York City venue effective immediately…The State of New York and New York City’s continuing Covid-19 lockdown, the banning of public venues, no official guidance as to when or if such public gatherings will be allowed or in what capacity, has placed a severe financial burden on Dangerfield’s making operations in New York City untenable.”

  • Legendary Dangerfield’s comedy club in NYC has Permanently Closed, Building for Lease [The Comic’s Comic]
  • NYC Comedy Club Dangerfield’s Closes After 50 Years Due to COVID-19 []

18th Room 134 Ninth Ave. (between 18th & 19th St.), Chelsea, New York, NY.
Cocktail speakeasy 18th Room (2018-2020) announced August 31, 2020 via instagram: “Due to the devastating impact of COVID-19, we regret to inform you that we will be closing our doors. We are proud of our success over the past two years, and hope to return to you at a new location soon.”
Eliza’s Local: 2 St. Mark’s Pl. (between Second & Third Ave.) East Village, New York, NY.
Beer bar on St. Mark’s Place Eliza’s Local announced via instagam on September 23, 2020: “Until we meet again…We have fallen in love with this neighborhood and we promise you haven’t seen the last of us. Please support Local bars and Restaurants In this challenging time.”
The Ellington: 936 Amsterdam Ave. (106th St.), Upper West Side, New York, NY.
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.
Existing Conditions: 35 W. 8th St. (MacDougal St.), Greenwich Village, New York, NY.
Cocktail bar Existing Conditions (2012-2020) has closed. On August 26, 2020, owner Greg Boehm posted on the bar’s website and social media: “After much deliberation, I have had to make one of the most difficult and painful decisions of my career. Existing Conditions will not reopen…Unfortunately, the mandated shutdown has taken many options off the table and the bar is not sustainable financially.”
Fedora: 239 W. 4th St. (between W. 10th St. & Charles St.), New York, NY. reported that Fedora in the West Village is not re-opening. “Fedora was unable to turn a profit from the city’s expanded outdoor dining program due to the restaurant’s narrow frontage.”

  • Decades-Old West Village Restaurant Fedora Closes for Good []

Finnerty’s: 221 Second Ave. (between 13th & 14th St.), New York, NY.
East Village sports bar Finnerty’s (2006-2020), home to all Bay Area sports fans, announced via social media on December 21, 2020, that they would not re-open: “We are gutted to share that we have had to make the decision to permanently close Finnerty’s due to the pandemic. ”

  • Finnerty’s, popular Bay Area sports bar in the East Village, has permanently closed [6SqFt]
  • Finnerty’s is closed. It is a Sad Day [McCovey Chronicles]

Flats Fix: 14 E. 23rd St. (between Broadway & Madison Ave.), New York, NY. reports that the second location of Flats Fix (2018-2020), the Mexican taco y tequila bar, has closed. The location was the popular Live Bait for over 30 years (1987-2018).
Flight 151: 151 Eighth Ave. (between 17th & 18th St.), New York, NY. reported in October that Chelsea bar & restaurant Flight 151 (1992-2020) has closed
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 []

Hog Pit: 37B W. 26th St. (between Broadway & Sixth Ave.) New York, NY.
Sports bar & southern barbecue restaurant The Hog Pit (2008-2020) announced October 21, 2020 via instagram: “after 25 years in business, we have made the difficult decision to close our doors. . It’s been a fun & wild ride full of incredible memories and we hope you remember the great times we had together over the years. We are grateful for all your support… stay safe everyone! Cheers!” Founded in 1995 in the Meat Packing District, The Hog Pit re-located in 2008 into the space formerly The Black Pearl.
The Horsebox: 218 Avenue A (between 13th & 14th St.) New York, NY
East Village bar The Horsebox (2010-2020), known as the home for Baltimore Ravens and Orioles fans in NYC, closed in March 2020 during the original shutdown, and never re-opened.

  • The Horsebox Closes on Avenue A [EV Grieve]

Ipanema: 13 W. 46th St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.) New York, NY.
Ipanema (1979-2020) Brazilian bar & restaurant, a mainstay in W. 46th St.’s “Little Brazil” for 41 years, announced on September 3, via instagram: “It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to leave our home in New York City after 41 amazing years…While this closure marks the end of one chapter, we remain intent on keeping Ipanema alive”. In December, they re-located and re-opened Ipanema in Norwalk, Ct.
Jake’s Saloon: 875 Tenth Ave. (57th St.) New York, NY.
The Hell’s Kitchen location of Irish pub Jake’s Saloon (2002-2020) has closed. Their Chelsea locations are still open.
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 Jameson’s 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
The Jazz Standard: 116 E. 27th St. (between Park Ave. S. & Lexington Ave.)
Union Square Hospitality Group announced December 2 via facebook that Blue Smoke (2002-2020) and The Jazz Standard (1997-2020) are closing. “Almost two decades ago, Union Square Hospitality Group set out on a pioneering journey to marry authentic pit barbecue with great jazz in New York City with the opening of Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard in NYC’s Flatiron neighborhood. It is with great sadness that USHG shares that Blue Smoke Flatiron and Jazz Standard will not be reopening on 27th Street.”

  • The Jazz Standard Is Silenced by the Pandemic. More Clubs May Follow. [NY Times]
  • I Remember the Jazz Standard [Medium]
  • New York’s Jazz Standard Announces Permanent Closure [DownBeat]

Joshua Tree 513 Third Ave. (between 34th & 35th St.)
Joshua Tree, the Murray Hill sports bar and home to Michigan State Spartans alumni, has closed. Manager Regina Stavropoulos posted on facebook November 16, 2020: “My heart is broken as I closed the doors of Joshua tree today for the last time.”

Lansdowne Road: 599 Tenth Ave. (between 43rd & 44th St.) Hell’s Kitchen New York, NY.
Lansdowne Road (2006-2020) announced on their website they are permanently closed. Event before the covid-19 pandemic, owner Patrick Hughes told the NY Post “I am absolutely thinking of pulling out of New York” due to rising costs of doing business, citing expenses including lease, property tax and wages.
The Lost Lady: 171 Avenue C (between 10th & 11th St.) East Village, New York, NY.
The Lost Lady (2017-2020), a cocktail bar in the East Village announced on June 24 via facebook that “The Lost Lady is sailing away”. The same ownership group opened Lost City Oyster House & Beer Garden at this location.
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

M1-5: 52 Walker St. (between Broadway & Church St.)
Tribeca sports bar & lounge M1-5 (2003-2020) announced March 7, 2021 via instagram: “Lights out. 18 years. Thanks to everyone that came through. Had a great run.”
Maloney & Porcelli: 37 E. 50th St. (between 5th & Madison Ave.)
Maloney & Porcelli (1996-2020), the midtown restaurant & bar serving new American classics, announced their closing on October 14, 2020 via their website and social media “After a festive 25-year run”. They invite you to consider visiting one of their other midtown restaurants: Quality Bistro 120 W. 55th St. (between Sixth & Seventh Ave). and Quality Italian 57 W. 57th St. (Sixth Ave.)
Maxwell’s: 59 Reade St. (between Broadway & Church St.), Tribeca, New York, NY
Vandalism on top of the covid-19 shutdown was too much for Maxwell’s (2011-2020) to bear. Fox 17 in Michigan (for some reason) 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]

The Mean Fiddler: 266 W. 47th St. (between Broadway & Eighth Ave.) New York, NY.
The Mean Fiddler (2006-2020) an Irish pub, sports bar, live music venue and wild party spot near Times Square, announced Oct. 16, 2020 via facebook that they will close at the end of the month. “We have tried in vain to make a deal with the landlord but it wasn’t to be.”

  • Popular Irish Pub The Mean Fiddler to Close at the End of October [NY Post]

Mermaid Inn: 96 Second Ave. (between 5th & 6th Ave.), East Village, New York, NY.
The original East Village location of The Mermaid Inn (2003-2020) chain of four oyster bar & seafood restaurants has closed. The owners told “The situation is untenable…The PPP has run out. There’s no money to pay landlords.” The Mermaid Inn has three other locations in Manhattan: Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and the Upper West Side.

  • Crowd-Pleasing Seafood Spot Mermaid Inn Shutters After Nearly Two Decades []

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 []

Monkey Bar: 60 E. 54th St. (between Park & Madison Ave.) New York, NY
NY Post reports that Graydon Carter, owner of Monkey Bar at the Elysee Hotel is “handing over the keys to the famous Midtown eatery, leaving its fate up in the air”

  • Graydon Carter Giving Up Helm at Posh Monkey Bar After 12 years [NY Post]

Murphy’s Pub 977 Second Ave. (between 51st & 52nd St.) New York, NY
Murphy’s Pub, an Irish pub in midtown, announced August 28, 2020 via instagram “Murphy’s will not be opening its doors again. Sadly our lease is ending and the building is gonna be sold…We are truly indebted to you all for being a part of our journey over the past 30 years.”
Murphy’s Tavern 6 Stone St. (between Whitehall & Broad St.) New York, NY
Murphy’s Tavern (2010-2021), and Irish pub in the Financial District announced on January 21, 2021 via instagram: “Thank You for all the fun times you’ve share with us over the years here at Murphy’s Tavern. It’s been an Amazing 10+ years. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we have shut our doors for the Final time.”

Nightcap: 151 Rivington St. (Suffolk St.) New York, NY
Lower East Side cocktail bar Nightcap (2016-2020) announced September 28, 2020 via instagram “It is with broken hearts, that we announce the permanent closure of Nitecap… sadly COVID-19 and its tidal wave of destruction, have left us unable to find a path forward.”

  • Goodnight, Nitecap [Punch]

Offside Tavern: 137 W. 14th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave.) New York, NY
Offside Tavern (2017-2020), the sports bar known as the home to N.Y. Islanders fans in NYC, announced Sept. 3, 2020 via social media: “we tried our absolute best to weather the storm and reopen with only outside seating, but with the changed landscape of the city, plainly put, it’s not enough.”
The bar remained open for the Islanders post-season, but closed after the Isles were eliminated in the conference championship.

Otto: 1 Fifth Ave. (Waverly Pl.) Greenwich Village, New York, NY.
Grub Street reported on Nov. 4, 2020 that Joe Bastianich’s upscale pizzeria & enoteca Otto (2003-2020) has permanently closed.

  • Joe Bastianich’s Otto Has Closed for Good [Grub Street]

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 Blues 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. (121st St.) New York, NY.
Harlem Jazz club Paris Blues (1968-2020)

  • Farewell to Paris Blues Jazz Club, Which Won’t Be The Same Without Sam []

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 via facebook: “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.”

  • After 147 years at the Seaport, The Paris Café is Closing for Good [Tribeca Citizen]

Pegu Club: 77 W. Houston St. (West Broadway) 2nd floor, New York, NY
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.
P J Moran’s: 3 E. 48th St. (between Fifth & Madison Ave.) New York, NY.
upscale Irish pub & restaurant P J Moran’s (1985-2020) closed during the original shut-down in March, 2020, and did not re-open
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 []

Pyramid Club: 101 Avenue A (between 6th & 7th St.)
Legendary East Village nightclub Pyramid Club (1979-2020) announced on April 1, 2021 via instagram: “It is with the most sad and heavy heart that we must announce to our local and worldwide community and family that The Pyramid Club NYC will not reopen. We are another sad consequence of Covid-19.”

  • Exclusive: Iconic East Village venue The Pyramid Club will not be reopening after year-long PAUSE []

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”
Rathbone’s: 1702 Second Ave. (between 88th & 89th St.) New York, NY.
Upper East Side neighborhood bar & restaurant Rathbone’s (1976-2021) announced February 1, 2021 via instagram: “we regrettably announce the closure of our beloved Rathbones. Since the onset of the pandemic almost a year ago we have weathered the storm but, as restrictions continue, we are unfortunately left with no choice.”
Rendezvous: 2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (between 112th & 113th St.) New York, NY
RDV Harlem, a French bistro, has closed. Chef Kfir Ben-Ari announced in May 2020 via facebook: “It is with a heavy heart and light tears, but with a lot of great memories and superb shifts that I have to announce the end of the first chapter of my beloved Rendezvous.” Ben-Ari vowed to “get another Rendezvous in another location once it’s all over”
The Riddler: 51 Bank St. (W. 4th St.) New York, NY.
The NYC location of the SF champagne bar (2019-2020) announced August 21 via instagram: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that we will be permanently closing both locations of The Riddler, in the West Village and San Francisco”.

  • Sexy Champagne Bar the Riddler Shuts Down SF, NY Operations []

Rosa Mexicano: 1063 First Ave. (58th St.) New York, NY.
The original location of Rosa Mexicano (1984-2020) Mexican restaurant & bar announced on August 10, 2020 via instagram: “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to evaluate the long term stability of this location and after exploring every avenue in order to keep it afloat, we have made the regrettable decision to permanently close. We worked with our landlord to find an equitable path into the future and were unable to come to a mutually beneficial agreement.⁣⁣” They “look forward to hosting you at our other locations in New York and in nearby Hackensack, New Jersey.”
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 []

Rye House: 11 W. 17th St. (between Fifth & Sixth Ave.) New York, NY
Rye House (2009-2020), a cocktail bar in the Flatiron District, closed during the initial shut-down and never re-opened.
Sala One Nine: 35 W. 19th St. (between Fifth & Sixth Ave.) New York, NY.
Tapas bar Sala One Nine (2004-2020), known for flamenco dancing, closed on July 30, but optimistically stated on facebook “This may be goodbye for now but know that Sala will once again return, one way or another”

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Saxon & Parole: 316 Bowery (Bleecker St.) New York, NY.
East Village gastropub Saxon & Parole appears to be closed, according to several sources

Spoon Table & Bar 40 E. 33rd St. (between Madison & Park Ave.) New York, NY.
Chef Melissa Chmelar’s Spoon Table & Bar (2016-2020) announced via facebook on June 27, 2020: “With a heavy heart and tears in our eyes the words good bye catch in our throats.”
Sweetwater Social: 643 Broadway (Bleecker St.) New York, NY.
Sweetwater Social (2014-2020), and underground cocktail bar below Bleecker Kitchen & Co., did not re-open
Therapy: 343 W. 52nd St. (between 8th & 9th Ave.) New York, NY.
LGBT lounge Therapy announced July 19, 2020 via facebook: “It’s with tears in our eyes that we have to admit it is highly unlikely that Therapy will ever reopen.” Their website later confirmed they are closed permanently.
Thirsty Scholar: 155 Second Ave. (between 9th & 10th St.) New York, NY.
East Village Irish pub The Thirsty Scholar (1999-2020) closed during the initial shutdown, and never re-opened. Since it did not serve food, it did not stand a chance. EV Grieve reported in March 2021 that new owners are planning to open The Long Pour in the space.

  • New Owners in Line for Former Thirsty Scholar Pub on Second Avenue [EVGrieve]

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.”

Ward III: 111 Reade St. (W. Broadway) New York, NY
Tribeca cocktail bar Ward III (2009-2020) announced on October 25, 2020 via instagram “This has been a trying time for so many people in our industry and we feel it is the right decision for us to call it a day.”
The West End Lounge: 955 West End Ave. (107th St.) Upper West Side, New York, NY
The West End Lounge announced in October, 2020 that it would not re-open.

  • West End Lounge to Close for Good [West Side Rag]
  • Upper West Side Bar Closing After 23 Years In The Neighborhood []

W. 3rd St. Common: 1 W. 3rd St. (Broadway) New York, NY.
The instagram account for W. 3rd St. Common (2009-2020) states “Permanently closed due to Covid-19.” There is a gofundme for the employees. 100% of proceeds will go directly to our bartenders, servers and back-of-house employees.
Windfall: 23 W. 39th St. (between Fifth & Sixth Ave.) Garment District, New York, NY.
Windfall (1999-2020), the popular after-work spot, announced on Sept. 28, 2020: “We tried to wait out this pandemic, but with no end in sight, we have no choice but to close our doors permanently.”
The Writing Room:1703 Second Ave.(between 88th & 89th St.) Upper East Side New York, NY
The Writing Room (2013-2020), a casual fine dining restaurant & bar that opened in the location of the famous Elaine’s, announced on October 1, 2020 via social media: that they are closing, noting: “Ultimately the challenge of operating a casual fine dining restaurant through the Covid-19 restrictions proved to be too much to overcome.”

  • The Writing Room Restaurant Closes After 6 Years On UES []

YN Bar: 227 Mott St. (between Spring & Prince St.) SoHo, New York, NY.
Café, bar & restaurant YN Bar (2011-2020) closed its doors in June and did not re-open. They announced via instagram on June 27: “When we put down our shutters today, we will take some time to decide what the future of YN looks like.” Their website later confirmed they are permanently closed.
Zagara: 216 Seventh Ave. (between 22nd & 23rd St.) Chelsea, New York, NY. reported that Zagara, an Italian wine bar in Chelsea, is closed, with a “store for rent” sign in the window.

ZAVŌ: 201 E. 60th St. (Third Ave.) Upper East Side, New York, NY.
Zavo (2017-2020), an upscale Mediterranean restaurant & lounge, announced their closing on August 19, 2020 via instagram



Alameda 195 Franklin St. (Green St.) Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY.
Owner Nick Padillia announced via instagram that Greenpoint neighborhood bistro Alameda (2012-2020) is closed. “Its been a great run. Grateful for everyone that came in and made this place what it was.”

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Baby Grand 55 McGuinness Blvd South (between Engert Ave. & Newton St.), Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY.
Brooklyn spin-off of the Manhattan karaoke lounge Baby Grand (2017-2020) announced May 18 via instagram: “We’ve closed our doors and will be taking a much needed vacation. Thanks to everyone for your support over the last couple years. We hope to see you in a brand new setting once this whole pandemic thing blows over. Until then, stay safe and healthy!”
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
Building on Bond: 112 Bond St. (Pacific St.) Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY.
Robert: 104 Bond St. (between Atlantic Ave. & Pacific St.) Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY.
Building on Bond (2008-2020) and its adjacent cocktail bar Robert (2015-2020) announced September 22 via social media: “Building on Bond and Bar Robert will not be reopening at this location…and perhaps never again”.
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 []


The Diamond: 43 Franklin St. (between Quay St & Calyer St), Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY.
Greenpoint beer bar The Diamond (2007-2021) announced on Dec. 17, 2020 via instagram that it would close in January after thirteen and a half years in business. “It’s been a wild ride, Greenpoint, but I’m afraid we are at the end of it.”
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.”
Franklin Park: 618 St. Johns Pl. (between Classon & Franklin Ave.), Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY.
Crown Heights beer garden Franklin Park announced on social media on Dec. 13, 2020: “Some sad news — after 12 1/2 years in Crown Heights, our beloved beer garden is closing.” There is a gofundme campaign to support the workers that were laid off.

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.
Noorman’s Kil: 609 Grand St. (between Leonard & Lorimer St.) Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
Noorman’s Kil (2011-2020), the Brooklyn saloon famous for its whiskey and grilled cheese, announced August 20, 2020 via instagram: “It was a difficult decision, but we have decided it’s time for us to finish our drinks and say goodbye for the last time.”
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.”
Trophy Bar: 351 Broadway (between Keap and Rodney), New York, NY.
Trophy Bar (2007-2020) announced Aug. 23, 2020 via instagram that they will permanently close on Sunday August 30. “We are one of thousands of Brooklyn-NYC small businesses who will forever shut their doors due to the detrimental effects of Covid 19 on our ability to operate profitably.” Trophy Bar t-shirts are available for a limited time.
200 Fifth: 200 Fifth Ave. (Union St.) Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.
Park Slope sports bar 200 Fifth (1987-2020) announced via facebook on June 29th that they will not be re-opening.
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 []

The Well: 272 Meserole St. (between Bushwick Pl. & Waterbury St.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
The Well (2012-2020) announced August 21, 2020 via facebook that they will not be re-opening: “It may come as no surprise that the insurmountable financial pressure placed upon the business due to the COVID-19 crisis has forced our hand. The team wanted nothing more than to party with you again when the risks were behind us and the city had fully reopened, but the future of nightlife in NYC is too uncertain for us to see a path forward.”



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.

The Creek & the Cave: 10-93 Jackson Ave. (between 11th St. & 49th Ave.) Long Island City, Queens, NY.
Creek and Cave (2006-2020) owner Rebecca Trent announced on Nov. 12, 2020 via twitter: “I wanted to wait until the election was over before I let you all officially know something that I’m sure most of you already know. The Creek & The Cave is not going to reopen.”

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]

John Brown Smokehouse: 10-43 44th Dr. (between 10th & 11th St.), Long Island City, NY.
John Brown Smoke House (2012-2020) is leaving it’s location on 44th Dr. They announced on August 18, 2020 via facebook that “business has become untenable at our present location and it’s time to move on”. But don’t despair, Kansas City barbecue lovers, they will re-locate to the space of their sister, Mothership Meat Company at 27-20 40th Ave. in Long Island City. So technically, it is Mothership Meat Company that is ultimately the one closing.

  • John Brown Smokehouse in Long Island City to Close, Owner Puts it Down to ‘Pandemic’ and ‘Idiot Politicians’ [LIC Post]

Mikkeler Brewery: 123-01 Roosevelt Ave. (Seaver Way at 38th St.) Corona, Queens, NY.
Mikkeler, the international brewery, announced via facebook on October 19, 2020 they are closing their Citifield location: “With no foreseeable customers at Citi Field, Mikkeller is consolidating its NYC brewery with its San Diego brewery and closing Mikkeller NYC.”

  • [Who’s in Control? Closure of Mikkeller NYC Spurred by Confusion Over Ownership as Leaders Think Globally, Fail Locally [Good Beer Hunting]
  • Fountain Beverage and EBBS Brewing to Replace Mikkeller NYC at Citi Field []

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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