Lower East Side

Lower East Side

**UNDER CONSTRUCTION** Bars without descriptions have reviews coming. They are still in geographic order. 

East to West: FDR; Columbia; Pitt/Montgomery; Ridge; Attorney; Clinton; Suffolk; Norfolk; Essex; Ludlow; Orchard; Allen; Eldridge; Forsyth; Chrystie; Bowery;   North-South:  Houston; Stanton; Rivington; Delancey; Broome; Grand; and points south to water.

 

Loreley: German Beer Garden. 7 Rivington @ Bowery; Huge Steins. Great German food. Classic Bavarian bar. Beer selection highly traditional. Two levels; Private Parties; Munich feel- drink from a liter stein. Try the schnitzels, pretzels; Beer garden outside in back in summer. Opens daily at noon. www.loreleynyc.com/;

 

Jadis: Wine Bar. 42 Rivington @ Eldridge; Classy French wine bar; Opens at 5pm;  Cozy scene; Ideal for pre-dinner glass of vino;  Happy Hour daily 5-7pm;  Wine is $8-$14 by glass;  Carafes available;  Small menu of small bites;  Draft beers are $6-$8  http://jadisnyc.com/

 

Bowery Ballroom: Live Music Venue. 6 Delancey St @ Bowery; Live music- style: Rock, Indie, Alternative mostly;  Big, cheap, 3 bar set-up; Cover charge usually for great bands.  Easily the best ‘smaller’ live music venue in the city.  Incredible acoustics. Very popular and deservingly so. 6pm-2am daily.  www.boweryballroom.com/;

 

Marshall Stack: Bar/Pub. 66 Rivington @ Allen; Unpretentious rock bar with a jukebox that gets endless plays; Serves beer and wine only- but great selection of both; Daily happy hour;  Beers $5-$9.  Really friendly bartenders that try hard;  Cool laid back scene; Great for conversations and to chill. Cash only. http://marshallstacknyc.com/

 

Antler Beer & Wine: Wine Bar/ Craft Beer. 123 Allen @ Delancey;  Wildly popular and cool scene; Daily Happy Hour until 8pm; Opens 5pm daily; Small plates;  Casual scene – ideal place to chill;  Have old school games.  Beer/wine $7-$8 on average.  Not a fancy place. www.antlerdispensary.com/

 

La Caverna: Tapas/ Lounge. 122-124 Rivington @ Bowery; Very cool interior- like a cave; Italian small plates for food;  Sexy Date spot or meet singles; Downstairs is a huge man-made cave with couches –dark décor- absolutely cool. Cocktails $10, Wine $7; Opens 5pm; Dancing at night.  www.lacavernanyc.com/;

 

Fools Gold:

 

Happy Ending: Lounge. 302 Broome @ Forsyth – Eldridge; 18/15/M;  www.happyendinglounge.com/2005/; Lounge w/ DJ and singles scene down below. Bar up top; Major hook up spot; 20s-30s; Private Parties;  Banquettes on top floor are cool; Lots of dancing downstairs; No cover; Free Vodka 11pm-12 on Tuesdays. Former massage parlor.

 

Botanic Labs:

Chloe 81:

 

Ten Bells: Wine Bar. 247 Broome @ Ludlow; 24/22/E; www.thetenbells.com; Absolute gem; Organic wines;  Named after London pub frequented by Jack the Ripper; Incredibly good nibbles;  Wine list is excellent and reasonably priced; Impress a date – classy scene – but nothing fancy; Can get crowded weekend nights.

 

Above Allen: Hotel Bar. Thompson Hotel; 190 Allen @ Stanton; 7th Floor; 23/23/VE; Retractable rooftop; Overpriced drinks; Attractive hipsters and guests of the hotel mingle and enjoy the incredible views; Gorgeous bar and perfect for 1-2 before a nice evening out; http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/nyc/thompson-les/drink/above-allen

 

Slipper Room: Comedy/ Bar. 167 Orchard @ Stanton;  22/20/M; www.slipperroom.com; For only $5 you get to watch an insanely funny Burlesque show; Very shocking/ adult show; Drinks reasonable for genre; Check website/ calendar for shows; Keep an open mind! Most shows $10 or less.

 

Mr. Purple:

 

Lucky Jack’s: Irish Pub. 129 Orchard @ Rivington-Delancey; 21/20/M; www.luckyjacksnyc.com/;  Two level pub; 60 foot long bar; TVs to watch any game; Cool looking pool table;  Huge bottled beer selection; Has maintained its original vibe – no pretension, just drinkers and friendly bartenders. Spacious place – seating!

 

Pianos: Bar/ Live Music. 158 Ludlow @ Stanton- Riverton; 18/14/M; www.pianosnyc.com/;  Two levels; Upstairs gets packed with sexy singles w/ a 20s-early 30s crowd; Drink specials early; Great music- live and DJs. Happy Hr 2-8pm, $3 beers. Has DJs and live music on weekends.

 

Local 138: Dive Bar. 138 Ludlow @ Rivington-Stanton; 17/16/I; Dive, grungy bar with ultra cheap shots, PBR and beers; Actually an Irish pub with friendly bartenders; Happy hour goes on from early until 9pm; Strong draft beer selection.

 

Mehanata: Bulgarian Bar. 113 Ludlow @ Delancey-Rivington; 22/18/M; www.mehanata.com; The Bulgarian bar where vodka and Bulgarian beers pour freely;  Come early for traditional food; Balkans and tourist dancing to Euro-rave like music; Projecting videos playing; Actually a fun time here.

 

Tapeo 29: Wine Bar. 29 Clinton @ Stanton; 24/21/M; www.tapeo29.com; Known for Wine, Tapas and their Brunch; Excellent sangria as well; Large selection of Spanish wines; Rustically romantic spot; Drinks are $6-$7 during Happy Hour (5-7 or 6-8pm);  Large menu of tapas but only 20+ wines to choose from.

 

Bar Goto: 245 Eldridge   Spicy Miso Chicken wings. High end Japanese cocktails and comfort food.

Donnybrook:

Attaboy: 134 Eldridge; cocktails

 

Libation: Tri-Level Night club. 137 Ludlow @ Rivington; 16/16/E; www.libationnyc.com/dev/; Private Parties; Great food and drinks in an upscale setting; DJs or Live music; 11 flat screens; Different from low key neighbors. Friendly atmosphere of an Irish pub, 6,000 sq feet!  Solid food including brunch.  But- gets loud & crowded.

 

Whiskey Ward: Dive Bar/ Saloon. 121 Essex @ Delancey; 23/15/M; www.thewhiskeyward.com/; Inexpensive. Good crowd- extremely laid back; Great Juke. Bartenders are friendly; Dive classic that must be checked out.  5-8pm Happy Hr; Incredible Whiskey and Beer list; Cool website. Shoot some pool.

 

Verlaine: Lounge 110 Rivington @ Essex-Ludlow; 22/19/M: www.verlainenyc.com/;  Upscale lounge/ wine & martini bar; Best time to go is happy hour- 5-10pm daily for ½ priced well drinks, wine, bloody marys and lychee martinis; All drinks are outstanding; Chill late 20s to 30s scene. Date-ideal. $4 Lychee Martinis until midnight Sunday, Monday. Excellent tapas menu here as well.

 

Welcome to the Johnsons: Dive Bar. 123 Rivington @ Essex-Norfolk;  15/12/I; Beyond dirt cheap drinks; Happy hour 3- 9pm when most beer $2; Bloody Marys & Margaritas $4; Like a 1970s vintage living room.  Rec room set-up. Retro feel; $2 PBR all day. Great jukebox.

 

The Delancey: Rock Club. 168 Delancey @ Clinton; 22/19/M;  www.thedelancey.com/;  3 levels; Awesome lounge; Hipsters; Rooftop bar is awesome. No velvet rope pretense – just a large, fun club; Singles scene when you can hear; Outdoor area; Private Parties. Has a rooftop deck. Like 3 different bars in one place.

 

The Skinny: 174 Orchard @ Stanton

One Fifty One:

Nightcap:

Old Man Hustle:

Garfunkel’s:

Stay Classy: Will Ferrell themed.