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Double drinks and free live music at Rue B
Inside this East Village bar, the lights are low and the nightly live shows (9pm) is kept at a level that allows for easy conversation between couples. Plus, the drinks come in sets of two during happy hour (4--8pm daily) This includes the bar's extensive list of signature cocktails (normally $12), like the always-popular Strawberry Patch, a sweet-and-sour mix of vodka, fresh muddled strawberries and homemade lemonade. 188 Ave B between 11th and 12th Sts (212-358-1700, ruebnyc.com)

Poetry Night at Bar 13
Show off your sensitive side with a night of poetry courtesy of louderARTS at this regular Monday poetry night (7--11pm) that just happens to coincide with the host bar's half-off happy hour (5--11pm). As you double fist your drinks, you'll listen to lineup of featured rhapsodists who speak to a certain theme, like black poets or female poets or dead poets. Like American Idol for the Yeats-loving set, the event kicks off with an open poetry slam (sign up in advance if you want to be a part of it) where anyone who has a rhyme to drop can have it rated by five random audience members on a scale of 0 to 10. 35 E 13th St at University Pl (212-979-6677, bar13.com)

Booze at The HiFi Bar
Morrissey or Megadeth? The surest way to test your compatibility as a couple is to compare musical tastes at this music-centric bar. An EL DJ—a state-of-the-art PC jukebox containing nearly 50,000 songs, handpicked by bar owner/music-biz vet Mike Stuto—sets the musical backdrop for a daily special that doubles your drink: You'll get two well drinks for the usual single-drink price of $6 (Sun--Thu 4--8pm; Fri, Sat 3--8pm). 169 Ave A between 10th and 11th Sts (212-420-8392, thehifibar.com)

Wine by the bottle at the
Pig out over a bottle (or two) of French wines—like a floral 2007 Domaine Lucien Albrecht riesling ($42)—which are half off all night on Mondays and Tuesdays and 5--7pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 111 E 7th St between First Ave and Ave A (212-475-2246, bourgeoispigny.com)

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