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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Last Light is the rooftop bar at an LES hotel called Sister City. It isn’t huge, but it has a decent-sized patio, and it’s great for outdoor drinks.
The Back Room
The Back Room is an underground speakeasy bar on the Lower East Side where they serve cocktails in tea cups.
You can skip the Cajun restaurant on the ground floor of Canary Club on the LES, and head to the jazz club downstairs.
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Maggie Mae’s Bar
If you’re going on a first date or just want to sit at a bar, drink a good beer, and watch TV with closed captions in Sunnyside, try Maggie Mae’s.
Corner Social is a popular neighborhood bar in Harlem where you can grab a full meal or just hang out, drink, and meet some people.
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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