New York City has too many bars to count and quite a few of them have their own unique attractions. However, some stand out even in this wild city due to the sheer originality and quirkiness of their design. These are the bars you want to visit if you want to enjoy some unusual experiences in NYC.
1. Please Don’t Tell
You simply cannot miss drinking at a speakeasy in New York. So, dress up in your “wild twenties” finery and travel to East Village for the coziest and loveliest experience of those, very much not cozy, establishments.
Amber, an expert on all things speakeasy in New York, warns that the place is usually full, so you might have to wait in order to relax there. But the wait is definitely worth it. If nothing else, your inner spy would enjoy the route you have to take to actually get into the bar. You’ll need to go through a hotdog joint and a phone booth. Alas, you’ll get through it into the bowels of PDT only when a spot frees up. And you need to know the code to enter.
2. Burp Castle
If you are a lover of beer, Burp Castle is the place to go. Don’t be put off with the name as the collection of beer this bar offers deserves its own article. But do bear in mind that it’s not your regular noisy bar.
Janice, who works with a bar rental in NYC and is always on the lookout for unusual places, compares Burp Castle to a beer library. The place is posh and full of soft ambiance that makes you relax. Also, you might be feeling like a member of some fancy club for the aristocracy in the Good Old England. The atmosphere of the place is very relaxing, so don’t’ worry about the patrons becoming rowdy. This is a bar where you will actually be shushed by the bartender if you get too loud.
3. Beauty Bar
Those looking for some unvarnished retro charm would love it in the Beauty Bar, located in East Village. Not only is it a place where you can enjoy some rather inexpensive drinks. You can also watch some comedy or simply go dancing.
Bryan Kim, one of the guides for The Infatuation, who loves uncovering New York’s mysteries, says this place is truly retro in every sense. This includes music, which you need to keep in mind if you plan on dancing. Here you’ll do this to the tunes that might, quite possibly, be much older than you. So, your moves perfected in fancy nightclubs might not fit in.
4. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
A different look at the 20s you can get at Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain. The place is very old-school in design and it’s actually located in a renovated 1920s building. It used to be an apothecary but today it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a variety of drinks.
And if you try the waffles, you might become a regular real fast. It’s not only drinks and stylish design that appeal in this place.
5. The Slaughtered Lamb Pub
For some reason, the sign on The Slaughtered Lamb Pub shows a werewolf (or is it wolf?) head mounted on a pike. Presumably, that was an act of revenge for the lamb.
If you think that was too morbid, this place’s menu might not be for you. But if you are, in fact, looking for something spicier and out of the ordinary, with a huge helping of dark gothic charm, this pub is for you. Everything here is made to fit the general theme of strangely appealing darkness, including the names on the menu. Come here if you are looking for a chance to relax and get some quiet time in the middle of the NYC bustle.
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