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One of the Village’s classier options, with decor, drinks and food indebted to its Manhattan namesake. Don’t miss the full-size beds downstairs
As the date bar of choice to many, TriBeCa has the right mix of Village influence without feeling like a typical gay bar, transporting you to New York with the cool aesthetic of its many jazz lounges and late night drinking dens.
Accordingly, it’s slightly more expensive than the likes of G-A-Y, with prices that elsewhere would seem completely fair, but in the Village are essentially a bit steep – think two Jagerbombs for £5 and £10 pitchers.
However, the pricier drinks are justified by what is a very plush interior, which takes the vibrant flamboyance of Canal Street and filters it into a rich, upmarket feel that nods towards Manhattan’s trendier corners. And much like the hulking architecture of New York, TriBeCa is a multi-tiered treasure trove, with a mezzanine level above the entrance, a low slung sofa area and a raised dining area at the rear. Downstairs you’ll also find the BED – beverage, entertainment and dining – bar, which comes complete with real beds sprawling the perimeter of the dance floor.
Food is served until 9pm, with main dishes such as homemade pizzas, burgers, fajitas and more all costing under £10, plus a small selection of classic desserts like sticky toffee pudding and New York baked cheesecake. It’s by no means innovative, but it fills the hole where hunger once lived – and does so for a fair price.
During the day, the music policy often embraces the jazz styles of its stateside equivalents, moving into an up-tempo blend of RnB and dance as the night draws in.