Best Bar to Observe Dotcom Absurdity (2008)
If you were invited to any of the hundreds of dotcom launch parties of the last year, chances are you've passed through the storefront-y doors of Tonic and down into its dark cave of a basement. The Lower East Side bar/club has become, along with the Razorfish-sponsored Slipper Room, Silicon Alley's unlikely answer to the Algonquin. Upstairs, at street level, it's a good place to hear live music. Downstairs, though, the giant wine-cask booths that line the wall have provided the setting for many a venture-capital pitch. Which means before slipping into one of the casks, you may want to brush up on your geek-speak: IPOs, WAPs, SQLs, and the like. Of course, if the dotcom game isn't your thing, you can always sneak into one of the darker rear casks, which are perfect for pitches of a more intimate kind.