It’s hard not to love a spot that combines our two favorite pastimes—drinking and shopping—and that’s exactly what this Lower East Side bar-boutique does. On the street level of the two-floor emporium (which stays open late to encourage boozing and browsing), you’ll find a co-op boutique for emerging local designers. Among the brief but varied collection of men’s and women’s clothing, highlights include Alissa Chapman corset dresses ($245), Out of Print graphic tees ($28), and uniquely gorgeous Heather Benjamin agate rings ($175–$285). The top floor is where you’ll also find the charming dark oak bar, where a hip, young crowd orders bottled Brooklyn Lager ($5), wine by the glass ($8–$9) and specialty cocktails ($10–$12) such as the gin-and-OJ drink Sundress ($12), and takes in classic movies projected on the back wall of the bar’s cozy, pillow-laden nook. If you’d rather drop dough on designer duds than your bar tab, check out the basement level clothing exchange, which features a maze of secondhand and vintage pieces at seriously good prices. We recently uncovered an on-trend tie-front silk blouse ($16), recent-season Calypso shift dress ($22) and just-like-new Marc by Marc Jacobs striped tunic ($32).
The Dressing Room
|Venue name:||The Dressing Room||Contact:|
75A Orchard St
|Cross street:||between Broome and Grand Sts|
|Opening hours:||Tue, Wed 1pm–midnight; Thu–Sat 1pm–2am, Sun 1:30-8pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts|
|Price:||Average cocktail: $7. AmEx, MC, V|