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151 Bar
Lower East Side
There’s no sign, so search for the graffiti-scrawled door to this clandestine basement bar. Within its dark, ’70s-esque confines—beaded curtains and a brown-and-orange color scheme—cool kids suck down extended happy-hour tipples (two for one until 10pm) and soak up rock & roll spinning long past midnight, when seats grow scarce and conversations boisterous.
Venue name: 151
Address: 151 Rivington St
New York

Cross street: between Clinton and Suffolk Sts
Opening hours: Daily 6pm–4am
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average drink: $6. AmEx, MC, V
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Amy Cavanaugh

This refreshed old dive bar has new life as an unpretentious cocktail bar. The ceilings are low and lights are dim, and it’s an outstanding place for a few cocktails before dinner or setting off on an East Village bar crawl. You’ll always find frozen drink or two (they’re delightful even on the coldest days of winter), as well as a selection of radlers for when you want to keep things on the lighter side. Hungry? You’ll find frozen Girl Scout cookies among the offerings, and friendly bar staff ensure you’ll have a lovely night, even if you arrive solo.

Tazi Phillips

Walk into this dimly lit, low-ceiling bar for great cocktails and beer-and-shot combos, but don’t leave without trying the Dazzle Ship, a blend of cachaça, lillet rosé, pamplemouse, aperol, pineapple & lime juices. YUM.