New York City
Lower East Manhattan
Go retro at bars on the Lower East Side
Despite the gentrification that has occurred in the neighbourhood, bars in the Lower East Side retain a certain hedonistic edge, as compared with the rest of Manhattan. The area is still a stronghold for bohemians and creatives seeking to eschew the status quo and party like it’s 1999.
Drexler’s typifies the vibe of bars in the Lower East Side. The exposed brick walls and minimalist vibe are perfect for relaxing with friends at the weekend, or coworkers after clocking out. Ice is stored in vintage bathtubs behind the bar and the excellent cocktail menu is changed seasonally – though a highlight and mainstay is the Mezcal Especial (mezcal, falernum, ginger beer, lime juice). The aptly named Proletariat is a rare gem on the New York nightlife scene. Specialising in unique beers, it has just ten seats at the bar and has managed to escape the commercialisation of most venues in the city.