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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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  • Aroma

    36 E. 4th St. New York, NY 10003
    212-375-0100 Aroma is like an an Italian wine bar with a California-casual sensibility, what with its sunny yellow walls, hefty wood bar table and outside seating. The venue is as much restaurant as wine bar, but a glass of wine and an appetizer or dessert might be all you're prepared to shell out for: entrees sound appealing, but run in the upper $20 range. The parmesan flan and quince panna cotta, and apple-cider homemade donuts on the dessert menu do sound worth the splurge with a glass of vino, however. Read more about Aroma >>

  • B Bar & Grill

    B Bar & Grill

    40 E. 4th St. New York, NY 10003
    212-475-2220 A blue-and-red neon sign outside B's announces three of its main components--cafe, bar, and grill--but still manages to exclude a lot. Behind the white brick wall, you'll find a quaint patio and accompanying bar, a tidy connecting dining room fitted with globular paper lanterns, and, toward the front, a smaller cocktail bar. Oh, and another bar room, this time with wine-red coloring and black-and-white photos of thespians in peculiar poses. The grandiosity of it all tends to keep out locals, but that patio sure is pretty on a cool summer evening. Read more about B Bar & Grill >>

  • Bar Jamon

    Bar Jamon

    125 E. 17th St. New York, NY 10003
    212-253-2773 Bar Jamón offers the wine list of champions/conquistadors. You'll find nearly 600 varieties here, culled from Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja, and 14 other spots in the general nexus of Spain. Blanco, rosado, and tinto are the primary types of wine, and they're all damn good, based on the numerous awards this selection has received over the years. And considering how Jamón's modest, wine-filled, no-gimmicks interior is always brimming, it seems the youngsters have caught on. With that said, please don't have the "We'll have to come back here later!" conversation when you encounter a crowded room here--stake out your territory and strike when a person or two departs. A helping of sobrasada and a beverage recommended by one of the kind mustachioed bartenders is worth the wait. Read more about Bar Jamon >>

  • Bar None

    Bar None

    98 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10003
    212-777-6663 Bar None is rarely a place where one starts their night, but often where those nights are finished. The closest thing to a dive 3rd Ave has these days, it's a great place to go for one last Budweiser. Or maybe three. Naturally, the crowd skews a little older, particularly if there's a big sporting event playing on the TVs. Oh, and did we mention happy hour starts at noon? Grandmaas Candy Box, an evening of stand-up hosted by Victor Varnado. Thu 10pm. Read more about Bar None >>

  • Bowery Electric

    Bowery Electric

    327 Bowery New York, NY 10003
    212-228-0228 Located just down the block from the legendary, defunct CBGBs, the Bowery Electric is a rock-centric, workhorse music venue with a robust concert calendar on the lower tip of the East Village. The bar plays at its famous ex-neighbor's punky dive-vibe, but the flat-screen above the bar which broadcasts the stage proves that the era of the haggard, DIY space has come to an end (at least in Manhattan). While it's not the hippest downtown venue, you will probably go see a friend's band play there at some point, and the downstairs main stage is surprisingly spacious and has great sound. The Bowery Electric succeeds in maintaining a healthy variety of musical acts on the block. The crowd varies quite a bit depending on who is performing, but the venue usually gets full. The drink options aren't particularly interesting (or cheap), but the staff is friendly and keep cool even when things get hectic. There's generally no cover for the ground-level bar, which features a nightly mix of singer-songwriters or DJs in the "Map Room." At most, 30 people can cram into the back room's microscopic area, but the stage points out to the main bar so the drinking crowd can enjoy the tunes from a distance. Read more about Bowery Electric >>

  • Brewsky's

    43 E. 7th St. New York, NY 10003

    Brewsky's is a lived-in neighborhood dive with plenty of quirky charmaa model train chugs away on tracks overhead while you drink. This is a bar that's serious about its beer: There are usually nine frequently rotated choices on tap, mostly domestic microbrews; if you're in the mood for fancier imports, next door's Burp Castle (same owners) mines the fine Belgian ale category. Nearby pub McSorley's draws in most of the tourists, so you're generally pretty safe here; the crowd is mostly regulars. Read more about Brewsky's >>

  • Caliente Cab Company

    21 Waverly Place New York, NY 10003
    212-529-1500 This tex-mex bar serves intense, brain-dimming margaritas ($13), along with the typical pseudo-Mexican fare. Communication is a distant, truly unachieavable concept hereaas the blood alcohol levels rise, doopy tourists and NYU students begin speaking at forbidding volumes. See Wesite for other locations. Read more about Caliente Cab Company >>

  • Company Bar

    Company Bar

    242 E. 10th St. New York, NY 10003
    646-454-9187!/photo.php?fbid=228212150573043&set=a.162069173854008.37179.114361341958125&type=3&theater 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 Tuesdays for buy one get one free hamburgers, Wednesday for Ladies Night, Sundays for Giants games, or any night of the week for a refreshing round of hot wings and cold drinks. Read more about Company Bar >>

  • Continental


    25 Third Ave. New York, NY 10003
    212-529-6924 Continental sits at the gateway to St. Marks, the East Village's tourist mecca, and lures 'em in with an unbeatable deal: "Five shots of anything, $10, all day/all night (yes, we're serious)." The '70s-wood-paneled insides are filled with studded leather booths, vintage Heineken advertisements, a grungy jukebox, and a projector screen. They pull in a few locals, too, and hey, with Four Loko no longer around, Continental has one of the cheapest drinking deals in town. Read more about Continental >>

  • D.B.A.


    41 1st Ave. New York, NY 10003
    212-475-5097 Their motto: "Drink good stuff." Thankfully, you have no other option but to do just that at this East Village beer bar. At D.B.A., you'll find an extensive selection of draught beers, Belgian imports, and hand-drawn ales, as well as a formidable stock of tequila (around 50 varieties!). For more perspective, the menu spans over a dozen chalkboards above the bar; the selection is overwhelming, but the room itself is not, featuring worn wooden fixtures, a Ms. Pac-Man arcade table, and a beer garden out back where patrons puff cigars. Here's where you go to maximize your beer-drinking street cred. Read more about D.B.A. >>

  • Dan Lynch Blues Bar

    221 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003

  • Dempsey

    Dempsey's Pub

    61 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003
    212-388-0662 Good ol' gregarious Dempsey's is notable for three reasons: 1) the daily "Bucket-o-Beer" special ($15 for 5 beers), which, for another five bones, comes with a side of hot wings; 2) traditional Irish music on Tuesdays, including a fiddle-wielding band; and 3) the dartboard, pool table, and "trivia night" trifecta. Sure, most Irish pubs tout like-minded treats, but few deliver them in the context of Dempsey's ultra-clean floors, unsullied walls, and uniformly jovial customers. Read more about Dempsey's Pub >>

  • Detour

    349 E. 13th St. New York, NY 10003
    212-533-6212 Detour rocks because it has live jazz seven nights a week and no cover, although you do need to pick up a couple drinks. I suggest grabbing a table for two. Read more about Detour >>

  • Double Crown

    Double Crown

    316 Bowery New York, NY 10012
    212-254-0350 This Old Empire-inspired bar and restaurant features culture-clash decor, cuisine, and libations from 19th-century Colonial Britain and Southeast Asia. The space, thought up by acclaimed design team AvroKO, mixes beautiful Asian-temple decor (alabaster lanterns, lattice-work prayer screens, neon-lit alters) in the main room and regal, English taste (leather couches and white paneled walls) in the back room. Double Crown's stylish and well-kept regulars particularly enjoy the drinks and cuisine, which mimic this fusion of influences. The marmalade-infused cocktails and miso-glazed beef marrow sum up this idea nicely. Read more about Double Crown >>

  • Epistrophy

    200 Mott St. New York, NY 10012
    212-966-0904 Till the throngs descend, you can be the super suave bastard among your friends, introducing them to the winsome, neighborhood Epistrophy just down the street from Lombardi's. It's the lounge with the well-priced selection of Italian reds ($6-$10 a glass), hefty wooden boards piled with Sopressata and fresh figs; and attractive Italian clientele, always milling about. Sardinian owners (and comely couple) Luca Fadda and Giorgia Zedda outfitted Epistrophy with all the "handsome den" comforts: dark wood shelves stocked with books, bottles, and a lone old-world globe; kitchen tables burnished to "Shabby Chic" perfection; folding chairs hanging from the wall for extra seating; and artwork from some painter no one's ever heard of. The great score here are the couches and cushions up against the front windows; it's better than sidewalk seating, since there's no fear of getting mowed down from frustrated pedestrians. Fadda and Zedda plan to roll out a more expansive menu of light fare in a month or two, adding easy dishes like carpaccio to the caprese salads and cheese platters already in place, as well as simple breakfasts of croissants and coffee. Expect a few jazz nights thrown in there tooathey didn't name the bar after a Thelonious Monk tune for no reason. Read more about Epistrophy >>

  • Great Jones Cafe

    54 Great Jones New York, NY 10012
    212-674-9304 Starting local in her quest for the quintessential morning cocktail, Spartos drops by the Great Jones CafA(c), dependable for good Cajun grub, an almost famous jukebox, and a chummy atmosphere. She orders up her poison from the longhaired bartender who talks Kinks with her neighbor, a middle-aged blue-collar type who has a knack for pounding brew. A sloppy drinker herself, Spartos spills some of her first sips of crimson vodka, but Drunk Neighborawho by now has put away three pintsaassures her, "Your nerves will get steady by the time you hit the bottom." Which is precisely the point, but this drink tastes like cocktail sauce, with floating bits of horseradish that stick to the gums. Read more about Great Jones Cafe >>

  • Hecho En Dumbo

    Hecho En Dumbo

    354 Bowery New York, NY 10012
    212-937-4245 Hecho En Dumbo started out as a pop-up restaurant in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, but recently moved to this space on the Bowery. It serves reasonably priced, slightly fancied up, adequate Mexican staples like tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and larger plates. The so-called corn smut quesadillas ($10) certainly resemble empanadas more than quesadillas, but they're tasty nevertheless. Cut through the crisp fried shell and a dark mass of the fungi comes tumbling out, enriched with queso fresco and queso blanco. Spoon on the spicy red salsa for a needed kick. Read more about Hecho En Dumbo >>

  • La Palapa Cocina Mexicana

    77 St. Marks Place New York, NY 10003
    212-777-2537 While more dinner destination than bar, Margaritte Malfy and Barbara Sibley's upscale East Village Mexican restaurant is still home to one of the finest happy hours we know of in downtown. From 5 to 7 p.m. at the bar, well-drinks and popular house cocktails are all half-off. This includes the fresh-fruit margaritas in a choice of flavors (pomegranate, passion fruit, hibiscus tamarind, blood orange, and more), usually $9, now $4.50; and the white hibiscus sangria, a hibiscus-flower-infused white wine, usually $8, now $4. Read more about La Palapa Cocina Mexicana >>

  • R Bar

    R Bar

    218 Bowery New York, NY 10012

  • Razor 33 Inc

    33 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003

    While the cosmopolitan has been the drink of choice for countless urban girls inspired by Sex and the City, Cafe Urge mango martini may be enough to banish that sweet pink concoction forever. Tasting like liquid fruit, it goes down easy, taking you far from the Gotham crowds and whisking you, or at least your mouth, away to a beautiful tropical paradise. Read more about Razor 33 Inc >>

  • Slainte


    304 Bowery New York, NY 10012
    212-253-7030 Slainte, the Scottish equivalent to the word "cheers," is just as welcoming as the name suggests. On a block of high-end restaurants, hotels, and cocktail lounges, the bar sticks out as the sole hyper-casual, hyper-energized spot to watch the English Premier and down one of the spot's 40+ brews. If you're stumped, give Ommegang's ale-and-cherry-lambic fusion Three Philosophers a try. The room itself is an update on the usual pub look, favoring a streamlined, gimmick-free interior, but with all the necessary conventions. Bangers and mash, for example, have not been excluded from the menu. Read more about Slainte >>

  • Solas Bar

    Solas Bar

    232 E. 9th St. New York, NY 10003

  • Spina Loft

    115 Prince St. New York, NY 10012

  • Sweetwater Social

    Sweetwater Social

    643 Broadway New York, NY 10012

  • Swift


    34 E. Fourth St. New York, NY 10003
    212-260-3600 Like its beer-bar brethren, Swift Hibernian Lounge requires multiple chalkboards to lay out their entire beer selection. The tastiest things, though, sometimes aren't on the list. Inquire about the Edelweiss, an Austrian white beer, and the Irish bartender might just tap the keg right then and there. The room itself, the walls hung with images from an 18th-century study chamber, pays tribute to legendary satirist Jonathan Swift: As soon as you walk in, you'll see a mural of him smiling and raising a pint. Nothing made him happier, apparently, than seeing another satisfied microbrewery customer. Read more about Swift >>

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