New bars

A roundup of recently opened bars.

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Mulberry Project

    Mulberry Project

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Revision Lounge and Gallery

    Revision Lounge and Gallery

Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Mulberry Project

Mulberry Project


Keg No. 229
Set back from the foot traffic of touristy South Street Seaport, this sleek watering hole is a beer lover's retort to the grapecentric Bin No. 220 across the road. Thankfully, the fancy wallpaper and reclaimed-wood tables don't translate to inflated prices—most selections from the East Coast--leaning draft lineup, which changes every two weeks, are fairly pegged at $6 or $7 each, while well-chosen craft cans (Phoenix Pale Ale, 21st Amendment Back in Black) go for $5 or $6. It's all rather civilized, until you find yourself at one of the four pour-your-own stations in the back—high-top tables with two beer taps that allow you to top off freely and track your consumption via an LED screen. With a chalk leader-board glorifying the biggest boozers, it's tough to avoid the urge to go for broke. 229 Front St between Beekman St and Peck Slip (212-566-2337,

SweetGrapes Wine Bar
The owner of Flowers Caf opens a cozy neighborhood bar down the street. Tin ceilings, French windows and an exposed-brick wall frame the room, and live jazz and folk take place on a small stage in the back. Guests can order beer, wine and simple snacks—cheese, hummus or salami—at the bar; those seeking a more filling repast can get sandwiches and salads delivered from the sister caf. 39 Essex St between Grand and Hester Sts (212-253-7747)

Peri Wine Bar
Mediterranean wine takes the lead at this 50-seat bar, outfitted with exposed brick, a crystal chandelier and communal wood tables. The 120-bottle list highlights selections from Greece, Turkey, France, Spain and Italy. Complementing the quaffs is a small menu of light regional fare, including crostini, salads, cheeses and charcuterie plates. 181 Essex St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (212-995-9463,

Temple of Ankh
This hookah lounge and restaurant serves Middle Eastern food standards, such as shish kebabs, falafel and hummus, but pipe offerings are more unconventional: A few incorporate milk shakes in place of the traditional water. 58 Clinton St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-260-5830)

Mulberry Project
Cool-hunters looking for a break from clubland can hit this underground bote, tucked away beneath a cut-rate handbag shop in Little Italy. The unlikely hot spot—complete with a strict weekend door policy (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays)—is a testament to the nightlife bona fides of the bar's owners, who have cashed in on their affiliations (GoldBar, Bagatelle, Milk and Honey) to create this sceney speakeasy. Haute cocktails replace bottle service as the in-crowd currency, with most drinkers rolling the dice on bespoke tipples crafted by Mulberry Project's cavalier mixologists. The vibe, meanwhile, feels like Meatpacking in miniature, with pretty DJs playing British indie rock off their MacBooks and guys buying high-minded drunk food—crispy pork belly in a cider reduction, rich crme brle—for their waifish companions to pick at. 149 Mulberry St between Grand and Hester Sts (646-448-4536,

Revision Lounge and Gallery
"Reduce, reuse, recycle" could be the motto of this quirky cocktail lounge and salvaged-art gallery, from the owners of the Back Room. The artsy bar is decked out in interactive works fashioned from found objects, such as a car-hood DJ booth, bike-chain chandeliers and a bar made from compressed shredded money snagged (legally) from the Minnesota Reserve. Settle into one of the bathtub or coffin couches and order from a small selection of drinks that includes wine, beers (Goose Island IPA, Coney Island Lager, O'Hara's Stout) and creative cocktails, like the Silk Thai (vodka, tawny port, Thai basil, velvet falernum, lemon juice and egg whites). 219 Ave B between 13th and 14th Sts (646-490-7271,

Bahr Ch
Sip Intelligentsia coffee plus more than 100 wine selections at this sleek caf-bar. 26 Astor Pl between Cooper Sq and Lafayette St, entrance on Cooper Sq (212-260-2220,

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