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matt Mar 21, 2007 11:03 AM

I am taking my father out for dinner tonight. We are going to Degustation and then meeting up with my brother at Pegu Club for an after dinner drink.

Any suggestions where we should go for a drink before dinner? I live in the area but don't hit bars the way I use to and wanted to take him someplace nice and different.

Maybe DBA for the selection of beers but definitely open to ideas.

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    Desidero Mar 21, 2007 11:36 AM

    How about Temple Bar on Lafayette (Bleecker/Houston)? It's a much classier bar than its East Village neighbors. They pour good cocktails, play good music and the atmosphere is relatively quiet and refined.

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      KTinNYC Mar 21, 2007 12:06 PM

      Angel's Share is probably best in the neighborhood although there really isn't anything wrong with the Scratcher down the block. Won't be crowded tonight, order beer not a cocktail.

      1. LFeinberg Mar 21, 2007 12:19 PM

        The Soho Grand Hotel has a lovely bar on the 2nd floor. The Stanton Social is fabulous as is Thor in the Hotel on Rivington.

        1. LFeinberg Mar 21, 2007 12:35 PM

          One more on my mind...Kittichai at the 60 Thompson Hotel. AMAZING drinks.

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            Andrew P. Mar 21, 2007 02:22 PM

            The OP is looking for a bar in the east village. None of the 4 you suggested is in the east village. And I'm guessing Dad isn't a 25 year old yupster.
            To that end:
            I think DBA is a good bet for a pre-dinner drink with your father (or at least it would work for MY father :). It gets crowded later on, but pre-dinner should be fine. Others:
            The Belgian Room (attached to Hop Devil on St. Mark's and A)
            Burp Castle (eccentric little place with Belgians on tap and murals of drunken monks - 7th btwn 2nd and 3rd)
            Lunasa (upscale, friendly, modern Irish pub, cool but masculine - 126 1st Ave btwn 7th and St. Mark's)

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            wingman Mar 21, 2007 01:26 PM

            You might want to check out against the grain for a great beer selection or even Death & Co. I think they have their license back.

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              nuxvomica Mar 21, 2007 03:59 PM

              they do (for now). if you go early, it shouldn't be hard to get in ( i think they open at 6)

            2. Bob Martinez Mar 21, 2007 01:28 PM

              Temple Bar and Angel's Share (both previously mentioned) are great suggestions.

              1. ballulah Mar 21, 2007 02:45 PM

                I like KGB Bar on East 4th, it has a threadbare literary vibe, depending on what kind of drinker your father is, this might be appealing. The Scratcher is also a great idea. You may want to start a little downscale and work your way up the scale.

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                  hominaray Mar 21, 2007 04:06 PM

                  10 Degrees between 1st and A on 7th st. It's a more adult choice in the midst of kid bars. Angel's Share is always nice. Also Bar Veloce is nice.

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