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Huckleberry Bar

Huckleberry Bar

Joining joints like Jimmy's #43 and Cantina, Huckleberry is one of those bars that offer amazing food made in equipment-challenged micro-kitchens.


The Forum, one of the few lounges in Union Square territory, brings peace during the weekdays and boisterous partying on the weekends. Saturdays, for example, require plus-sized bouncers to monitor the swarms of cocktail-craving, dancing citizens.
Company Bar

Company Bar

If the hockey jerseys lining the walls at Company Bar don't draw you in, the great food and unpretentious atmosphere surely will. Stop by any night of the week for a refreshing round of hot wings and cold drinks.

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  • 12"

    179 Essex St. New York, NY 10002

    Record geeks rejoice! Hi-Fi Bar beware! Now there's a dive called 12"ayes, named after the vinyl format. The space is tiny, but the walls are cutely papered with record covers, and they have DJs. Read more about 12" >>

  • 151

    151 Rivington St. New York, NY 10002

    This unmarked, cavernous little hideaway is done up in cool taupe mod-patterned wallpaper and stucco, with stylish brown leather furniture and a metallic beaded curtain. So it's all the more surprising that 151 is a boisterous, unpretentious space where the bartender sports an unironic AC/DC shirt and air-guitars along with the cock rock that blasts at top volume. It's these kinds of wondrous contrasts that make New York what it is. Read more about 151 >>

  • 24-7 Bar & Lounge

    247 Eldridge St. New York, NY 10002

    This unpretentious bar is a welcome addition to a growing number of theme joints in the area, but loses brownie points for lying to usaturns out it's not open 25 hours after all. Thereas not a lot of seating, so guys and dolls should leave those uncomfortable stilettos behind. Read more about 24-7 Bar & Lounge >>

  • Abaya

    244 E. Houston St. New York, NY 10002

    This minimalist lounge opens at 10 p.m., so youad expect it to rock hard until at least 8 a.m. Sadly, thatas not the caseatheyall boot you out at 4. However, the stark design, white walls, and contrasting black furniture make for an interesting atmosphere. Read more about Abaya >>

  • Barrio Chino

    Barrio Chino

    253 Broome St. New York, NY 10002
    212-228-6710 Getting a seat at this cute little Lower East Side spot can sometimes be difficult, but don't worry, it's worth the wait. Step in and you'll understand why it's so popular with dates: it¹s cozy, dimly lit and flowing with good booze. Exposed brick, thick wooden tables, paintings and hanging paper lanterns give the place a homey, intimate feel. Don't expect some kind of fusion cuisine--the name actually refers to the fact that the restaurant borders both a Latino and Chinese neighborhood. The food is upscale Mexican, with dishes like mole enchiladas, grilled ahi tuna with spicy mango pico de gallo, and tacos stuffed with ingredients like citrus-marinated tilapia and calamari. The bar features a huge selection of tequilas and small-batch mezcals, available in cocktails or straight-up with a sangrita chaser. The downtown crowd also indulges in margaritas, sangria and other Latin American specialty cocktails.—Keith Wagstaff Read more about Barrio Chino >>

  • Belly

    155 Rivington st. New York, NY 10002

    What is it about bars with red walls? Belly (no, not that '90s band) boasts crimson-hued interiors in spades, a relaxed, intimate setting, and cute mixed drinks like "Cuban Iced Tea" --a tasty cross between a mojito and an iced tea--and the inevitable martini bastardizations, like the "Sake-tini." Read more about Belly >>

  • Beverly


    21 Essex St New York, NY 10002

  • Black Crescent

    76 Clinton St. , 10002

  • Bonnie Vee

    17 Stanton Street , 10002

  • The Box

    The Box

    189 Chrystie St. New York, NY 10002
    212-982-9301 Fashioned from a renovated 1930's sign factory, the Box is like one of those fabled, flapper-cluttered Gatsby parties--with the addition of burlesque dancers, circus oddities, and other strange folks you might find on Ripley's Believe It or Not. The old-timey, Prohibition-era decor--crystal chandeliers, an abandoned merry-go-round horse, the sepia color scheme--make the place appear as though it were plucked from your crazy great great aunt's photo album. But unlike Gatsby's parties, you can't just show up. Get a reservation or buddy up with the bouncer. Read more about The Box >>

  • Clandestino Cafe & Bar

    35 Canal St. New York, NY 10002

  • Cloak

    152-A Orchard St. New York, NY 10002

  • Copper & Oak

    157 Allen St. New York, NY 10002

  • CV

    105 Rivington St. New York, NY 10002

  • Darkroom

    165 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002

  • The Delancey

    The Delancey

    168 Delancey St. New York, NY 10002
    212-254-9920 The Delancey is structured in descending madness, not unlike Dante's Inferno. The roof bar is an idyllic green deck of palm trees and picnic tables, a perfect purgatory for happy hour and amiable heathenry. The main level is a dark dance floor where scantily clad DJs spin pop and house for the preppy, well-to-do sinners. And the basement is a steamy, cavernous hole with gleefully abhorrent punk bands and discounted lukewarm beer. So, it should go without saying, you want to head straight for the underground--as Bart Simpson once said, "All the best bands are affiliated with Satan." Read more about The Delancey >>

  • Donnybrook

    35 Clinton St. New York, NY 10002
    212-228-7733 The calming, Asian-inspired bamboo and blond wood decor at Lotus makes you almost want to do yoga and eat sushi instead of chugging cheap beer and eating Fritos. It's one of the most laid-back bars around; by day, it's a charming little coffeehouse. Read more about Donnybrook >>

  • The Draft

    The Draft

    157 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002
    212-777-7708 Across the street from the Lower East Side's prized indie-rock venues--the Cake Shop, Pianos, and the Living Room--sits the Draft, a real outlier on the block. Few tight-jeaned, flamboyantly plumed natives enter, and those that do are here for the same reason as the other patrons: to watch sports on one of several jumbo TVs. Though beer-pong games are regularly in session, the Draft doesn't generally fit the sports-dive formula: Rather than a can of Bud, $2 PBR is the drink of choice, though upstanding craft beer pilsners are also available. Likewise, the walls are covered in a crimson Victorian print instead of framed football-player stills. This is the closest you'll get to a sports bar on the L.E.S. Read more about The Draft >>

  • Epstein

    Epstein's Bar

    82 Stanton St. New York, NY 10002
    212-477-2232 Formerly Living Room, this space is now Epstein's Bar, a low-key tavern that tends to draw in a very college-y crowd. That's to be expected with 25-cent wing specials, $2 plates of fries, and a big plasma-screen TV behind the bar. Apparently the venue is named for Warren Epstein, the Puerto Rican/Jewish Sweathog of "Welcome Back, Kotter"aand ain't a play on Epstein's Barr. Read more about Epstein's Bar >>

  • Essex St Market

    Essex St Market

    120 Essex St. New York, NY 10002
    212-388-0449 This two-story Lower East Side restaurant has the feel of a gigantic artist's loft, with the hip staff and clientele to match. It's absolutely mobbed on weekend mornings when the brunch crowd comes in hungry for egg dishes and potato pancakes. The dinner menu is contemporary American with international influences: wasabi-encrusted salmon and spicy chipotle pork loin share space with more casual fare like a half-pound Angus burger and a Cuban sandwich. Seats upstairs, illuminated by a large skylight, provide a nice view of the rest of the restaurant. Thirsty? Grab a pitcher of mojitos or Sauza margaritas and start the night out right (the restaurant also has an extensive, moderately priced international wine list and craft beers from all over the country). Dollar oysters and a Tuesday all-you-can-eat deal on mussels and fries make it clear that, despite the sleek décor, this restaurant isn¹t just for those with deep pockets. —Keith Wagstaff Read more about Essex St Market >>

  • Fools Gold

    145 E. Houston St. New York, NY 10002

  • Freemans


    Freeman Alley New York, NY 10002
    212-420-0012 Finding this obscurely located joint just east of Bowery off Rivington, propelling yourself down an alley that feels like something in a Jack the Ripper movie, and then finding a seat in a thronged dining room hung with stuffed animal heads is the challenge. The modestly inventive food tastes much better than it looks;We're thinking in particular of a gray poached chicken engulfed in carrots and celery;and sets you back less than you'd expect. The lamb sandwich and adult macaroni and cheese also merit commendation, although many of the seasonal dishes seem like bar snacks for the overpriced wines and cocktails. Read more about Freemans >>

  • Googie

    Googie's Lounge

    154 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002

  • Hotel Chantelle

    Hotel Chantelle

    92 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002

  • Iggy

    Iggy's Keltic Lounge

    132 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002
    212-529-2731 Save for a few seats in the back, there is nothing lounge-y about Iggy's Keltic Lounge. Like a distant cousin of the Communist-themed KGB Bar in the East Village, the entire room turns blood red at night: Random decorations (a toy car, soccer trophies, lamp posts, etc.) clutter the room, as do the randoms who inhabit this dive. No aspiring rock stars here, just those who feel no need to deal with the cool kids at Cake Shop and Pianos up the block. Read more about Iggy's Keltic Lounge >>

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