We’ve been working on our District PRofiles for a couple months now, but we still get plenty of emails and tweets asking our favorite places to chill out with friends and get our drink on. Below I’ve listed a couple of our favorite places for after-work or kick-off-the-weekend drinks, depending on your mood and area of the city.
Classy: Uva – It’s hard finding a wine bar that isn’t sleazy or too much like a restaurant on the Upper East Side. Try Uva for some great small plates and care-free atmosphere. Fun Fact, John Hamm hosted a birthday party for his girlfriend there earlier this year.
Sassy: Bar Coastal – If you’re in the mood for a dive bar, head to Bar Coastal. They’re one of the few bars I’d actually walk into that has a “Ladies Night,” and the crowd is always fun.
Classy: Stone Rose – One of my personal favorite locations in the city. Amazing views from the top of the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, and they make a mean cosmopolitan.
Sassy: PJ Clarkes – Aside from boasting some of the best burgers in town, the Upper West Side location is a known hangout for preppy types grabbing a drink before dinner or a show.
Classy: The Library Hotel – Beautiful views from the enclosed rooftop, and a laid back atmosphere.
Sassy: Park Avenue Tavern – A cool watering hole for those working in the mid 30′s, and a welcome change from Brother Jimmy’s and The Wharf.
Classy: Asellina – We’ve recommended Asellina before. Try the back patio while the weather is still warm.
Sassy: Rodeo Bar – No mechanical bull, but there is live music on the weekends and peanut shells on the floor. Best frozen margaritas in the city, in my opinion.
Classy: Pravda -an elegant vodka bar in Nolita. They create their own infused vodkas – try the apple martini with cinnamon for a soothing taste of fall.
Sassy: Though downtown doesn’t usually pick up until after 10pm, we have a couple of suggestions here. We’ve already reviewed Frying Pan and The Anchor, but if you’re looking for something a bit different try Common Ground. Cool dive bar with tons of board games to play (great ice breaker for that cutie in the corner).