Best new bar: The Rusty Knot



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Not everyone's beholden to the good behavior espoused by cocktail culture. The only rule at the Rusty Knot: 18 percent "drunk tax" on all credit cards left behind. Fair enough—the West Side Highway's faux dive is a longshoreman's bar in spirit, after all. Your vote speaks volumes: You chose blender drinks over juleps, pretzel-wrapped hot dogs in place of caviar. Maybe it's a sign of the times, maybe New Yorkers like it rough. Whatever the reason: The next Bud's on you. Rusty Knot 425 West St at 11th St (212-645-5668)

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