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If you’re with someone who’s easily impressed by secrets, you could tell them about your middle school nickname. But maybe that nickname was too embarrassing, in which case, just bring them to The Back Room while you’re hanging out on the LES (or waiting for a table at La Contenta, which is right next door). This speakeasy bar has a fireplace, some embroidered couches, and cocktails that come in tea cups.

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Great places to kill time before your table is ready.

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Nitecap

Nitecap is a speakeasy below a restaurant on the Lower East Side, and, if you don't mind somewhat pricey cocktails, it's a great spot for a group.

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La Contenta

La Contenta is a Mexican bar and restaurant on the Lower East Side that’s the ultimate neighborhood hang for fish tacos and tequila.

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Black Crescent

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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Garfunkel’s

Garfunkel’s is a relatively casual speakeasy on the Lower East Side where you can sit in a big armchair and have good cocktail.