In some ways, Lelabar is your standard wine bar: candles everywhere, a jazz soundtrack, and an intimidating list of over 200 wines you have to navigate. But there are a few things that make this place a standout. For one, it has an excellent daily Happy Hour during which normally pricey bottles are $28 and glasses are $8. We’re also fans of the u-shaped bar setup - should you be feeling social, it lends itself well to chatting with your neighbors, and to get some ordering advice from the friendly and knowledgeable sommeliers.
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Jack's Wife Freda West Village
The new West Village outpost of Jack's Wife Freda is the same as the original, with a bigger, more comfortable space.
There’s something about pounding cheap beers and burgers here that makes you feel like anything is possible. When we finally decided it was go time for “Immaculate” Infatuation, we were sitting in Corner Bistro. A great burger, and a classic establishment.
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Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
Glou is a wine bar and small plates restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that’s one of your best options in the area for a first/early date.
Ardesia is first and foremost a wine bar, and a good one at that. The food is decent, but it’s secondary to what they do best, which is selecting excellent “mineral-driven” wines from all over the world.
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These days, Employees Only is not the hotspot it once was. But while the crowd might have lost a step, the cocktails have not, and it’s still packed with people every time we stop by.
WXOU Radio Bar
WXOU Radio is a straightforward West Village bar with a jukebox, a few tables, and a good Sunday happy hour.
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