Beyond the bouncers at the ’30s-style supper club and lounge is an earth-toned oasis filled with curved banquettes, velour couches and leafy potted plants. The pulchritude of the clientele makes the long lines at the bar more tolerable, and Eugene’s signature drinks (like the $12 Stoli-based Jade Dragon) are tasty. A plethora of promoter parties means that most nights, you can avoid the $20 cover. And once you start moving to the DJ’s hip-hop, R&B and house stylings—played over a remarkable sound system—you’ll forget how much lighter your wallet has gotten.
27 W 24th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Sixth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Thu–Sun 10pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: F, N, R to 23rd St|
|Price:||Cover (after 10pm): $20. Average drink: $11|