Wilfie & Nell owner Mark Gibson channels Dublin's stylish boites with his latest gastropub, this one in the East Village. To eat, find gussied up Irish classics, like cockles and mussels in a bacon-leek-beer broth, a pint of Old Bay-dusted prawns served with citrus mustard, and fish and chips made with deep-fried skate and hand-cut potatoes. With Krissy Harris (former head bartender at Gramercy Tavern) overseeing the bar program, drinkers may be tempted to set Guinness aside for cocktails like the Gamble (gin, tangerine-cranberry marmalade, lime juice, soda) and Old Tom's Cure-all (Ransom gin, mead, honey, lemon). Of course, Vitamin G loyalists can still find the stuff on tap, along with craft brews, like Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter and Smuttynose Brown Ale. Although the decor is urban chic—cream-painted brick walls, glass sconces and green patterned wallpaper—the tavern takes its name from an Irish countryside tradition, Wren Day, when costumed boys visit houses and bars, playing music and collecting money for local charities, on the day after Christmas.
|Venue name:||The Wren||Contact:|
344 Bowery St
|Cross street:||between Bond and Great Jones Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 4pm–2am; Thu, Fri 4pm–4am; Sat 1pm–4am; Sun 1pm–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St|
|Price:||Average main course: $14. AmEx, MC, V|
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Hip East Village spot with great craft cocktails. The best part about the Wren is the low key atmosphere, both during happy hour and on the weekends. The spicy margarita is a must-try, along with any of their specialty cocktails.
This place tends to draw a slightly older crowd than a lot of the surrounding East Village watering holes, which is definitely a perk if you're looking for a less rowdy evening. A lot of casual drinking, large groups, and catching up as opposed to the craziness you often find in neighboring bars.
The cocktails come in at a slightly steep price, but they're high quality and delicious.
This place is one of those fun, drama-free places. At least in my experience.
A good night had by all. Please go try this place for the cocktails and for the old & new camaraderie.