If you go to Arlene’s Grocery on a Monday night, you’ll be providing the entertainment. This dark LES bar, which has $3 drafts and $4 well drinks until 8pm every day, does a karaoke night where you put your name on a list, and then go on stage and sing in front of a full house band. In case you’re not looking to be out until 2am on a Monday or you’d rather see real bands perform, come any other night, some Happy Hour drinks in the bar area up front, and then pay a $5 or $10 cover to get into the venue.
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Sons of Essex
This restaurant, Sons of Essex, is a damn near facsimile of Beauty & Essex, not necessarily in decor, but certainly in purpose. The idea here is exactly the same: Come looking good and looking to get wasted, and maybe have some food.
Russ & Daughters Cafe
Russ & Daughters has finally expanded, after 100 years in business. Now you can sit down in a comfy booth while you enjoy your lox, and it’s glorious.
Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
Loreley is a traditional-feeling beer garden on the Lower East Side, and it’s a good place to get some day drinking done.
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Zeppelin Hall is a huge beer garden in Jersey City that’s perfect for day drinking with a big group.
The Bitter End
The Bitter End is a live music bar in Greenwich Village where Bob Dylan played before he was Bob Dylan.
Bar Lunatico is one of the best bars to hang out in Bed-Stuy, especially if you’re looking for live music.
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If you want a relatively quiet drink and some oysters on the Lower East Side, Black Crescent is there for you.
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