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The thrift-store decor (mismatched chairs with sagging seats, statues of the Virgin Mary and a faux fireplace) makes for a charmingly shabby backdrop at this downtown dive, a favorite among laid-back creative types and the occasional gaggle of NYU students. Libations range from basic brews (eight on tap include Blue Point Toasted Lager) to house cocktails like the Mean Bean martini, made with vodka and spicy green beans from Rick’s Picks. DJs spin every night (except Monday), providing a sultry soundtrack for the singles lounging in the conversation-friendly back room.


Venue name: Botanica
Address: 47 E Houston St
New York
Cross street: between Mott and Mulberry Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 5pm–4am; Sat, Sun 6pm–4am
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St
Price: Average drink: $5. Cash only
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Came here for a friends going away party. They have happy hour on the weekend from 6-8pm. $4 well drinks, beer and wine. Needless to say the night was great and even when happy hour ended the prices still weren't bad. It's a little hidden and there are not too many good divey bars in this part of the city. Lots of seating available and there a back room for large groups. It's a little grungey which I guess all dive bars are, but besides that it's a perfect weekend drinking spot!