This hotel brings some of the meatpacking district’s ostentation to the LES. The 2 lower bars all have the same pretentious tone of a hipsters and Guido mashup. BUT, Sundays are what makes this place different and actually really fun. I am talking about the ÉTÉ D’AMOUR dj event every Sunday on the rooftop, which has one of the best views of the city. There is a hot tub and 3 floors. The music is good and although the vibe is trendy, it is certainly not snotty or obnoxious. This place beats Above Allen hands down, by not only having a better crowd, but also a way better view. Note: if the doorman asks you where are you going, just tell him you RSVPd on facebook for the event.
Doors open at 1pm. Brunch Time from 1pm to 4pm Party goes until 1am.
107 Rivington St, nr. Ludlow St., NY 10002 212-475-2600
A new hot spot with all the typical things your would expect: Downtown location, trendy hotel bar, rooftop, and supposed members only BS. Really is that what it takes to be cool? Sadly, enough people seem to think so. Here is what some yelpers had to say:
“I love the idea of lounging on couches upholstered with ’80s designer… and the idea of you (sic) being a members only lounge”
“If i were wearing panties, the view would have made me drop them.” Yeah right, that is if A) you actually had a nice enough ass to show off and B) you actually were there.
Which is what brings me to my point about these places and the people who “love” them. Who are you really kidding? It seems these places exist on the basis of pretentious people who pretend to go to all of them all the time. And really, if you must yelp about it doesn’t it detract from the exclusivity you claim to loooove soooo much? If enough wannabe people say a place is cool does that make it cool? I went to this place, and yeah the view is nice cause there aren’t that many rooftop bars in downtown, but if you have to look at these types of people standing in the way of a clear shot of the Chrysler Building it kind of ruins the view, and the night. You can pay for expensive drinks and get a nice view in plenty of places. Ok, so maybe I sound bitter today. I don’t want to dissuade anyone from checking a place out for themselves. So here is a tip to sneak in: Enter the hotel and head for the bar on the second floor, pretend you are going to the restaurant or grabbing a drink at the 2 floor bar, then go to the elevators and call an elevator. If the bouncer spots you, say you had a A60 member card, but lost it and was in the process of getting a new one. If there’s still uncomfortable silence, elaborate by saying that you go to A60 all the time and hadn’t had a chance to come here and that you just wanted to check it out. That should do it. Oh, and it might help if you are wearing some kind of trendy ridiculous hat.
If you want a better view and a better crowd check out: The Hotel on Rivington Rooftop Bar
Hours: Wed-Sat, 9pm-2am
190 Allen St., nr. Houston St., 10002
What used to be an “erotic” Chinese massage parlor is now one of the funnest clubs/lounges in NYC. The first level is a bar and the basement is more clubby, complete with the old steam rooms that now make excellent smoking or makeout nooks. This place is totally hipster without ever feeling pretentious. A rare and praiseworthy feat for a club in Manhattan. Its arty cool vibe almost feels like a Berlin club. There are tons of different events and parties with a cool mix of electro, disco, hip-hop and groove. Plus, the cocktails aren’t bad either. Ich liebe a happy ending!
Tuesdays: FREE Open bar from 11-12
Hours: Tue, 10pm-4am; Wed-Sat, 7pm-4am; Sun-Mon, closed
302 Broome St., nr. Forsythe St., 10002 212-334-9676
What a true lower east side bar should be. Subterranean, a bit gritty, and fun. Of course it is not in the LES epicenter. Maybe that’s why it’s cool. Expect taxidermy and good music (from TV on the Radio to The Cure). Good hang out spot all nites and at all times. Weekends get busy though.
Mon, 8pm-4am; Tue-Sun, 3pm-4am
Hours Mon, 8pm-4am; Tue-Sun, 3pm-4am
131 Chrystie St., nr. Delancey St. 212-226-5708