Ward III (Temporarily Closed)
111 Reade St.
(bet. W. Broadway and Church)
American (Traditional), Bar

Three friends—Michael, Abdul, and Kenneth—with experience working at various bars in the neighborhood decided to open their own place in 2009. The room is high-ceilinged with brick walls; to the front there’s lounge seating, while in the back are restaurant tables (and the bar is in the middle). Ward III is predominantly a bar—specializing in “bespoke” cocktails (where you don’t order so much as give the bartender an idea of what you want, although you can simply order, too)—but there’s a nice little menu of “good tavern food,” in one bartender’s words. The bar can be a bit of a post-work scrum late in the week, and on Mondays, whiskey devotees take over. NOTE: Ward II is closed till fall as the building undergoes renovations.

Ward III