A group of 30 year-olds ISO good drinks, fun atmosphere
As a life-long Manhattanite, you would think I would be able to answer my own question, but I am stumped. I am organizing an early Friday night out for a group of college friends. We are looking for great drinks, maybe appetizers, in a festive, lively atmosphere. As a mentioned, we are all around 30, so not looking for NYU-like scene. Location is not important. Neither is price (within reason). Thanks everyone!
two very different suggestions:
The Dove on Thompson between bleeker and 3rd. A mellow swanky place with great drink specials before 8. They recently added a small menu, and the cheese plate with almonds and figs is great. (it is my favorite bar).
I have had really fun GNO nights at Xunta on first ave. The tapas and sangria are all good (if not great) but it is a lively place, and good for a group.
Maybe the bar next to Sushi Samba? It's always lively and packed but if you go early you should be able to grab a table. Good drinks lthough I have never had their food. Sugercane- that's the name.
FYI I had a great grls night out at Alta once. We drank lots of wine though so I can't comment on the cocktail list.