The LES's artsy denizens can get booze-fueled inspiration at this neighborhood bar-meets-exhibition space, decorated with wooden banquettes and a pop of pink neon lighting. The scaled-back digs display a rotating selection of works, like a video animation from Vancouver's Sara Ludy or a sculpture erected by local visual artist Chris Domenick. To drink, find a slim beer list featuring local standbys like Brooklyn Lager and a Sixpoint draft, as well as house red and white wines.
21 Essex St
|Cross street:||between Canal and Hester Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 5pm–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: F to East Broadway|
|Price:||Average beer: $5. Cash only|