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Stay Interior

Stay

Bar

Chinatown

$$$$Perfect For:Keeping It Kind Of HealthyDrinks & A Light Bite

Stay is a non-alcoholic bar that pours drinks everyone can get into, including your friend who enjoys two martinis at dinner. A big part of that has to do with the incredible venue. Located inside Chinatown’s Central Plaza, drinks in this dark lounge feels like you’re stepping into a neon-lit Wong Kar-wai film. The illuminated bar looks like a glowing temple, and there are various comfy couches to sink into with your fancy juice. Or at least that’s an accurate description for some of the mocktails, others genuinely taste like booze—like the smoky Tiger with “tequila,” pineapple juice, and a splash of green tabasco (it’s all the burn minus the buzz). At roughly $20 per cocktail, though, a night here might be a tough sell unless most people in your group are sober. For a spot in the area that serves a mix of boozy and non-alcoholic drinks, Steep After Dark is a great option a short walk away.

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