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If there is one place in New York that does whiskey and pickle-back shots, it's gotta be Whiskey Tavern. Tucked amidst the baffling conundrum of Chinatown, this bar has been a local haunt for the after-work denizens and friendly folks of downtown. They pride themselves on an impressive drink menu with a notable beer selection, apart from the staple whiskeys and cocktails. This place truly lives up to its reputation, with no signs of pretense, just a warm and cozy tavern where the drinks flow and good times roll. The setup itself is simple, with a wood and brick theme, background music, televisions and garden area. And if you're not that buzzed you could toil away the night with a game of Ultimate Jenga or Connect Four!
Home Sweet Home is the Lower East Side's most popular dive bar, where people from all over the city gather to chill out and have a great time. The ambiance can somewhat be termed as mellow when the crowd hasn't picked up yet. The dimly lit bar has some surprises for visitors, with taxidermied animals that call the bar home. Home Sweet Home is also known for throwing cool parties such as the Halloween bash which is an annual success. A must visit for bar lovers.
Through an alleyway and up some steps, one will be transported to something of a different era. The Back Room boasts a big mirrored bar, chandeliers and large scandalous paintings. The old, wooden, dimly-lit space includes bouncy barstools and very comfortable and inviting lounge spaces for large parties, if you can get them. Prohibition-esque booze is served in tea cups. Hey, c'mon, it's a speakeasy! Nevertheless, the Back Room is worth a visit to bring out your inner flapper.
Pianos is a bar with a split-level interior located in an old piano shop. Considered one of the hottest joints on the Lower East Side, its entertainment includes a steady stream of underground groups, performers, such as the vocalist Jean Grae, or the Brukina Bastion, with their traditional African percussion sounds are part of the rainbow mix found at Pianos. Hot DJ tracks provide the music in the upper lounge.
Pieces Bar opened in 1993, and is still going strong today. The bar is always thinking of fun and creative events to engage the community and its visitors. Some of these events are karaoke nights, live performances, costume parties, drag shows and contests, and many more. The staff at Pieces are also a unique bunch from a variety of different backgrounds, and it's no trouble at all to get accustomed to the friendly ambiance at this gay bar.
As its name implies, Top of the Standard is located on the top level of the Standard Hotel in the West Village. The central lure of this lounge is its unmatched 360 degree views of New York and New Jersey, enchanting views that impress even born and raised New Yorkers. This lounge features live music, as well as a dance floor with a DJ. Order up a round of signature cocktails as your stare out onto the Empire State Building and surrounding landmarks — views just don't get much better than this.
The Tippler is ensconced underneath Chelsea Market in a space that has been out of use for over 100 years. The bar, probably because of its basement location, has a real speakeasy feel, while still providing a warm and comfortable atmosphere with exposed beams, wrought iron work and marble table and bar tops. The cocktail menu is impressive, featuring libations they have borrowed from various other establishments around the country, as well as their own originals and of course, the classics. There is also a good selection of wines and craft beers, as well as light bar dishes like toasts, sandwiches, jars and salads.
The Rose Bar and Jade Bar are two of New York's hottest night spots. The elegant and super plush decor of these sister bars in the Gramercy Park Hotel is highlighted by the paintings and furnishings of renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, and Julian Schnabel - and by the hot young celebrities who frequent them. If you're willing to pay the steep prices you will be sure to enjoy many gawking opportunities, as well as a great cocktail.
This Brooklyn institution that was once a run down old pool shop is now converted into a kitschy neighborhood bar. Blue booths, green tiles and tin walls give this place an old time charm. If the pub gets too crowded, just saunter out into the outdoor terrace area and enjoy the relaxed party atmosphere. DJs spin some crazy tunes while you sip on innovative drinks concocted by the imaginative bartenders. You can also catch live performances and other events here. This place also has a photo booth, so you can click a few pictures and take home some memories. Cheers!
Located in Brooklyn, the Black Rabbit Bar has a groovy ambiance that's reminiscent of the 19-century classic pubs. Saloon doors, dimly-lit interiors and a gorgeous fireplace adorn this bar, making it perfect place to hangout during those chilly winter evenings. An outdoor area with picnic tables is available for those who like to enjoy their drinks in open-air; and also for those who prefer to smoke. A good selection of beers and cocktails is served, along with a decent range of pub bites like Acme Smoked Trout Plate, Bratwurst and Frito Pie.