The Draft

157 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002
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.


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