Bars, Lounges East Village
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This East Village bar owes its atmosphere to co-owner and Tony–award-winning set designer William Ivey Long, who filled the cozy pub with stained-glass flourishes, an abundance of orchids, cherrywood-paneled walls and Louise Bourgeois lithographs. Despite frat bait like well-priced beer (the house ale goes for just $5 a pint), there’s little spillover from the area’s college-friendly bars. Instead you’ll find low-key tipplers conversing over fresh-squeezed screwdrivers and greyhounds, made to order with an old-fashioned citrus press on the bar.


Venue name: Shoolbred’s
Address: 197 Second Ave
New York
Cross street: between 12th and 13th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat, Sun 4pm–4am
Transport: Subway: L to Third Ave, 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average drink: $7. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Walk by and you probably won't even notice it. Shoolbred's facade makes you think it's probably just like every other East Village dive within a 2 block radius.

But step inside and you'll actually be surprised. The interior is super cozy, with an uncharacteristically tasteful decor. Find a spot at the bar, or at a couch in back. The atmosphere makes conversation way less difficult, which is a far cry from nearby establishments (*cough* 13th Step *cough* Phebe's). 

And being a Church Group bar, expect a 2 for 1 happy hour of everything on the menu. Who says I'm too old for NYU bars?

Maria M

Shoolbred's is not your average East Village bar. It's a more sophisticated, classy bar in the midst of post-college kids drinking at sports bars. My favorite part of this place was the prosecco on draught; it was so delicious and the portion was very generous. There is a cool booth in the back too, fun to sit at with a small group of friends.