Mister Paradise is an East Village cocktail bar where you can sit in a big round booth and drink a cocktail made with tequila, watermelon, fermented habanero, and garlic (among other things). And while that might sound like something you’d pay to never have to drink, it’s actually great. There are also a bunch of other good cocktails that don’t have garlic and fermented habanero, and the space works well for a first date or a drink with friends when you need something cooler than the dive you treat like your living room.
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Kindred serves natural wines and Mediterranean food in a small East Village space that’s great for casual dates.
Boilermaker is a casual cocktail bar just above the Lower East Side where you can get a well-made drink and some above-average bar food.
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Redemption is a sports bar in Midtown East where you can watch NFL games with a big group.
Black Swan is a nice pub in Bed-Stuy where you can get a burger or some French fries topped with baked beans at 2am.
The Horny Ram
The Horny Ram serves craft beers and bar food in a bright, two-floor space in Turtle Bay.
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Death & Co
Death & Co. feels like it was built just for us. The drink list is ridiculous…it’s nearly impossible to settle on something because each beverage is intriguing and awesome. And thankfully the food doesn’t suck either.
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