Nothing is more inviting in the cold weather than a warm and friendly neighborhood bar. In a nod to the approaching shorter days and colder nights, every week we will highlight New York City’s hot-spots and a few lesser known, great destinations. Woman Around Town now has your “go-to guide” for the best bars and clubs.
The Late-Late (Lower East Side)
Named for the world’s longest running talk show on Irish television, The Late Late Bar and Spirit Grocer has the welcoming presence of an Irish Pub with a distinctive, stylish flair. It’s a perfect place for young professionals to stop by after work or whenever you’re in the neighborhood. Try their Guinness 2.0 creations, like the Minty Fresh ($6) that combines the brew with Crème de Menthe and fresh mint served over ice. Specialty cocktails are reasonably priced using the best spirits (all $12). And, we like their the “Old Reliables” ($7.00) that include Gin and Tonic or a Whiskey Ginger. Come early and stay late. This spot is open 4:00 pm to 4:00 am. The Late Late is located at 159 E Houston Street. Call (646) 861-3342 or visit www.thelatelate.com.
Sachi (Midtown East)
The elegant, welcoming atmosphere makes Sachi a very special Asian bistro. It is perfect for drinks after work, date night or friendly get-togethers. Expert Mixologist, Jason Walsh of Cocktail Logic is at the helm of the inspired drink menu. Try their Gun Powder Bramble ($14) with lapsang souchong tea-infused bourbon, blackberry liquor and fresh pressed lemon juice served over crushed ice or the Jade Lantern ($14) with vodka, Matcha green tea, lemon juice and mint leaves. The wine, sake and beer selections are as outstanding as the service at this new Pan-Asian restaurant and bar. Sachi is located at 713 Second Avenue at 38th Street. Call (212) 297-1883 or visit www.sachinyc.com.
BarBacon (Hells Kitchen)
BarBacon features everyone’s favorite 3 B’s: Bacon, Bourbon and Beer. More than a bacon lover’s dream, it’s trendy and inviting. The brainchild of Chef & Owner Peter Sherman (above), this spot is attracting people from the neighborhood, the after-work crowd and friends from near and far. All are welcome to take a seat at the bar or relax in the spacious, rustic and comfortable dining areas. There are some sports monitors and well-selected background music, but you can certainly hear your own conversations. Try the Beer-and-Bacon Flight (4 Bacons, 4 Craft Beers; $20). They feature an All-American wine list and the cocktails are original and refreshing like the Austin Armadillo ($13) with Tito’s Vodka, Goslings Ginger Beer and muddled limes and oranges. And, with well-priced draft beer ($7 pint, $24 pitcher), come early because this spot brings in the crowds. Bar Bacon is located at 836 9th Avenue. Call (646) 362-0622 or visit www.barbacon.com.
Holden and Astor (Meatpacking)
Holden & Astor is the newest hotspot in the Meatpacking District. Its name gives an old-fashioned nod to the men who were once the neighborhood icons. Whether you’re shopping in the area, meeting with friends after work or strolling the High Line, stop by and enjoy this chic new restaurant and bar. You’ll be impressed with famed Mixologist Sam Ziar’s inventive cocktails. The Lure ($16) has vodka, lemon, lavender, coconut water, fruits rouges and the Avenue Walker ($16) has scotch, campari, cocchi torino, peychauds bitters and absinthe. We like the Yale Bowl with gin, genepi, lime and cucumber. This spot is a great addition to the area. Holden & Astor is located at 409 West 13th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenue). Call (212) 675-2400 or visit www.holdenandastor.com.