Bars , Lounges Lower East Side
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Delicious drinks are the draw at this mod South East Asian–themed bar and lounge, particularly during the extended happy hour (select cocktails cost $4 from 5–10pm everyday). Regulars gather in the long, tangerine-hued room to have intimate conversations and sip a Bamboo (house-made cucumber infused vodka, jasmine tea and pineapple juice) or the Saigon Belini (raspberry infused sake, champagne and fresh passion puree). Stop by midweek to avoid the less-than-chic clientele that rolls in come Friday.

Venue name: Verlaine
Address: 110 Rivington St
New York
Cross street: between Essex and Ludlow Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 5pm–1am; Thu–Sat 5pm–4am
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average small plate: $8. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Peter Y

Verlaine's got a fantastic happy hour that runs until 10pm daily, offering $6 Asian infused cocktails (think Lychee Martinis, Vietnamese Bloody Marys, etc...) and $4 select beers.

This place draws a young (mid 20s-30s) and hip crowd, and starts to get super busy from 6/7 onward. The drinks here, especially the Lychee Martinis, are extremely strong, and poured with a heavy hand. Of course, you can always dictate what you want as you chat up their super friendly bartenders.

With their long stretch of bar seating and tables dotted along the sidewall, Verlaine is the perfect spot to hit up after a long day of work.