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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


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    Trash Bar

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


Party down Slavic-style at culture-clashing Bulgarian disco Mehanata, where you can pound up to six drinks in its infamous ice cage (a see-through freezer that houses more than 50 different types of vodka). Before you enter, you're given a Soviet fur uniform and a timer set to two minutes; guzzle as much as you can in the time allotted. Afterward, heat things up with an eclectic crowd—Russian pole dancers included—on a disco-dive dance floor. 113 Ludlow St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (212-625-0981, Thu--Sat 8pm--4am; $10, ice cage $20.

Nasty Mondays at Le Poisson Rouge
This rowdy New York City--via--Barcelona blowout makes a mark with a reliable open vodka bar. Go wild with a young rock & roll clientele while DJs Max and Sren spin new wave, grunge and Top 40. 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St (212-505-3474, Next party: Dec 19 10pm--4am, open bar 10--11pm; free.

The Trash Bar
At the Trash Bar, the early bird gets beer: Your cover charge scores you a daily one-hour window of enough free PBR and well drinks to keep you on your feet during a night of live indie music. 256 Grand St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-1000, Sun--Thu 8--9pm; Fri, Sat 7--8pm. $7--10.

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