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This place tries to fuse Asian decor with modern hip/hop R&B. I guess it works. It's very modern, edgy, trendy, very Chelsea, West side. The music is great, you're guaranteed to find a 'new friend', the drinks are fantastic and it's perfect for groups and birthday parties, although they require an outrageous bottle purchase per group. But they have great private lounges overlooking the whole dance floor. Great place to spend a birthday party. Don't bother eating there, go to dinner and meet up at Lotus late, around 11-12ish Don't bother with the early parties.
Dress Code: Dress to impress, meaning definitely no jeans and sneakers, heels, go get your nails and hair done, dress in your most kicking outfit, and they really, really mean it when they say dress to impress. Granted, there are those who WILL show up in jeans and flats, but they will definitely stand out. And the bouncers can be choosy, so if you impress them, you're in! :-) Otherwise...you might as well just head home.
Address: 409 West 14th Street
Directions: 14th Street and 9th Avenue.
Take the A, C, E; L at 14th St-8th Ave
Phone: (212) 243-4420
Luna Park is one of the city's best outdoor drinking locales (AND outdoor pool table!). So if you're coming to visit NY in the spring/summer seasons, definitely check out Luna Park for choice outdoor drinking experience! (a rare experience that only comes close when you picnic in Central Park!)
Dress Code: Think: Fab.
Address: 50 E. 17th Street
Directions: On 17th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South. Take 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W at 14th St.-Union Sq.
Theme: Eating and Drinking
Dress Code: Casual.
Address: 145 Bleecker St.
Directions: between LaGuardia Pl. and Thompson St.
Theme: Eating and Drinking
Known for being one of NY's best gay bars/nightclubs (won the 2002 NY award for Best Gay Dance Club), SPNY, or Splash Bar New York has some of the best cocktails and best male dancers in Manhattan. Some call it sleazy, but that's what makes it fun, the beautiful, hard-core ripped men dancing in boxer briefs. Watch out for the erotic video screens dispersed throughout the club!
Dress Code: From casual to dressed-to-the-nines, depending on what night it is (i.e. event)
Address: 50 W. 17th Street
Directions: On 17th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue. Take the F/V at 14th Street or the 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R at 14th Street-Union Square
The Living Room at the W offers fantastic decor and atmosphere, very trendy, swanky and fabulous in the lobby of the W Hotel near Union Square. Usually filled with after-work yuppies and hotel guests, this bar also accomodates the party-hoppers of Manhattan. The room itself is fantastic, airy, and 'cavernous'. And their menu of cocktails changes with the season!
Dress Code: Think: very trendy, swanky, fabulous.
Address: 201 Park Avenue South
Directions: On Park Avenue South and 17th Street. Take 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W at 14th St.-Union Sq.
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HILARIOUS review of what Karpaty's is like now! One of my favorite bars in all of Manhattan! I'm a very down-to-earth, low-key kinda girl (at heart, at least). I like warm, cozy, places where you really don't have to dress up and Karpaty's gives me just that, with private little boothes, a small, dark atmosphere where you can nurse your drink as long as you'd like. I bring all my friends to Karpaty's, during the week, on the weekends...it's definitely a place for the East Village and like we always say, we're battling the idiotic gentrification of the East Village! Woo! It's like Rent...Only in real life! Over a pub! haha
Check out Karpaty's with some buddies. Great, cheap drinks. I know some of the bartenders. Incredibly friendly, but tough enough to get rid of immature, barely legal drunken hipsters. Mixed crowd of Ukranians (from Veselka's next door, see my Veselka tip!), college kids and East Village locals. Watch out for the ceiling mirror ladies! You'll see many guys staring up into the ceiling mirror and down into your shirts!
Dress Code: Incredibly casual. People here are usually too drunk to realize what you're wearing anyway. Actually, I take that back. It's the East Village. Wear whatever the heck you want! I dressed up to go there on my 21st and other people were in jeans and flip flops. Wear clothes. That is all.
Address: 140 2nd Avenue
Directions: On 2nd Avenue, between 8th and 9th Streets
Theme: Eating and Drinking
One of my best friends ever guest bartended here one night (during the week, of course). It's a nice, typical pub. Very clean, warm, friendly, casual. Sometimes they have events, like sports events or drinking games, parties, etc. And they have amazing spring and summer drink specials. Town Tavern is great because it has these great big windows that open up into the street and you can always count on meeting new people here.
It's location is also fabulous, right in Greenwich Village next door to MacDonalds (for movie buffs, it's the MacDonald's Adam Sandler goes into in the film, Big Daddy and the basketball court across the street is where he tried to get rid of the homeless guy).
Dress Code: Definitely casul, jeans and a t-shirt are all that are needed. But do remember that NYC casual is a little nicer than what other places call casual. Even our jeans/t-shirt combinations are considered trendy. Wear a nice Rogues Gallery T-Shirt (amazing ones. You find them at Barneys) and a pair of nice jeans (we're not talking Gap).
Address: 134 West Third Street
Directions: On West Third Street, between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street, right next to MacDonalds.
Theme: Eating and Drinking
This place is commonly known as a neighborhood bar with neighborhood music and its true. A good alternative to the now-very outplayed, touristy CBGBs (although they at times, have good bands), Arlene's Grocery is a low-key bar that shows local bands (no, not all of them are college bands) that really sing out the heart of New York.
Arlene's Grocery is 21+, they do card, great for dates, great of hanging out with friends, great place to meet people and cozy up to the fireplace. But watch out. The staff can be a little unfriendly to underaged kids and immature rowdy-ness (understandably).
Some insider info:
Monday nights at 10pm starts the karaoke madness with live bands!
Dress Code: Casual. It's downtown Manhattan, so seriously, wear whatever you want. But if you want to fit in, the clientele is typically the trendy, rocker, college, punk style. Think relatively dark, great accessories, trendy hats, jewelry, wristbands. Or just wear jeans and a t-shirt with a pair of pumas and you're set. It's seriously all about the music and the beer. Just a sidenote, they say that Arlene's is full of hipster, but I disagree. I think the clientele is just as diverse as Manhattan itself.
Address: 95 Stanton Street
Directions: Take the F/V to 2nd Avenue
Take the J/M to DElancey Street
On Stanton Street between Ludlow and Orchard
Theme: Live Music
What's interesting about this place is that is it housed in a former church (known as the Holy Communion Episopal). Just walking in feels sinful, much less participating in what goes on inside. (just kidding!) It's all classy, good-clean fun. Some drinking, dancing, partying, Avalon used to be known for catering to the barely-legal NYU students who need a place to relax after midterms.
As for Avalon itself, it's a very modern, trendy, queeny-esque atmosphere, with a touch of sinfulness (remember, you're in a church), with pods for the DJs, club photographers (taking future ad photos), a large dance floor, an exclusive party room upstairs, dancers and performers and occasional live rock shows.
I've almost always had a good experience at Avalon, except one time when the strobelights were on and they kept them on for way too long and we all got quite nauseous and left. :-/ Oh well, you can't always win 'em!
Dress Code: Totally dependent on what event is going on: the Over-18 Parties are pretty casual, sometimes they require full dress (meaning no jeans or sneakers). Most of the time a nice clubbing top (think black or shiny or sparkly, halter, tank, billowy, off-shoulder) and heels or nice flats. For men, nice shirt and nice-night jeans (dark jeans, no stone washed. In fact, no one should wear stone washed...EVER)
Address: 662 Sixth Avenue
Directions: Sixth Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets
Phone: 212 807 7780
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