If you’re looking for a place to meet a big group in Chelsea or The Meatpacking District, The Tippler might be your least-worst option. We aren’t saying it’s a bad bar. It isn’t. But it can get pretty busy, and you might wind up talking to a group of drunk people in matching Vineyard Vines vests. The place is beneath Chelsea Market (you use a side entrance and go down some stairs), and it’s a somewhat upscale pub/lounge with some tables along the walls and lots of space to stand around, mingle, and take birthday shots.
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Triona’s is a sports bar in Gramercy that is usually pretty low-key, except when Michigan or a team from Chicago is playing.
Threes @ Franklin + Kent
Threes Brewing is based out of Gowanus, but they also have this smaller bar in Greenpoint where you can drink a good beer and grab some quick food.
Winnie’s Lobby Bar
Winnie’s is a little cocktail bar just off the lobby of the Refinery Hotel, and it’s a good spot for a drink with someone who likes live jazz.
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The NoMad Bar
Thanks to the prices, this casual(ish) bar in The NoMad hotel probably isn’t a place that you can afford to visit often. But when you do, eat dessert.
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.
Automatic Slims is a normal bar with a very cool name, and for a low-key drink in the West Village, it’s one of your best options.
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