The warm, crimson-hued spot is one of the only bars in the city where you can slam a shot of unicum, a 200-year-old bittersweet spirit from Hungary (the owner’s homeland). If that doesn’t heat you up, settle by the fireplace to watch lovers flirt and to listen to locals gossip. Their shadows play on the wall among lanterns, candles and artwork. At midnight, the shades go down and the beats go up: Owner Attila Draviczki hits the decks and Madonna fades into electro-funky Mandalay.
432 E 13th St
|Cross street:||between First Ave and Ave A|
|Opening hours:||Daily 6pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave|
|Price:||Average drink: $6. MC, V|