Rusty Knot

Bars West Village
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Time Out, Photograph: Roxana Marroquin
Rusty Knot
Time Out, Photograph: Roxana Marroquin
Rusty Knot
Time Out, Photograph: Wendy Connett
Rusty Knot
Time Out, Photograph: Wendy Connett
Rusty Knot
This Hudson River–hugging nautical “dive bar” from Taavo Somer (Freemans) and Ken Friedman (the Spotted Pig) is a confusing—but successful—high-low hybrid. Faux Tiffany lamps and neon beer signs clash with the elaborate tiki cocktails (devised by Milk and Honey vet Toby Maloney), and with the foppish hordes who queue up outside the place. You’d never find the eponymous Rusty Knot—a refreshing, blender-whirred mix of rum, ice and mint—or eats like a luxe bacon–chicken liver sandwich at a grimy pub. But you would find three-buck pints of Busch and 50¢ rounds of pool. Happily, the Knot has those bases covered, too.
Venue name: Rusty Knot
Address: 425 West St
New York

Cross street: at 11th St
Opening hours: Daily noon–4am
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average drink: $10. AmEx, MC, V
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Hannah D

Due to the location and expensive prices of this bar, it’s near impossible to convince friends to meet me here…but I still adore it. It has the feel of a dive bar, with neon lights and funky décor, but it’s definitely a step up from that. The space is small and can get crowded, but it feels friendly and makes it easy to meet people. I’ve never eaten here, though the bar snacks are tempting, but the real reason to come is for the cocktails. The fantastic Moscow Mules have fresh ginger, plus you might get a tiny mermaid or two in your tiki cup.