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May 23, 2011 07:51 AM

Looking for a bar/lounge recommendations

Hi Hounds,

I'm looking for a bar/lounge in Manhattan to celebrate my farewell next month. The criteria are as follows:

- Doesn't get too packed (no sardines) on a Sat night
- Not an upscale bar (but no dives either). Would like something that anyone can get into with no issues from bouncers or dress code
- Has table service for bottles (like prosecco or champagne) and a great range of beers
- Average prices i.e. $6-9 for beers, under $10 for cocktails
- Food would be preferred since I will be there all night and I get noshy when I drink
- Preferably with music and a little dancing if people would like.

I'm coming up empty with choices. I have the Common Lounge in mind cause i know they have a great drink menu and easy to reserve a table but no food or dancing. Is this too much to ask?


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  1. Anyone?? I'm at a total lost... :(

    2 Replies
    1. re: kelea

      I think the difficulty might be that, other than the request for bottle service, your description fits just about every mid-level bar in the city which doesn't get a Saturday night crowd.

      The prices are about what prices are, most places have some kind of bar menu, most places have some kind of music.

      1. re: Wilfrid

        Wilfrid do you have any bars you would host a farewell party at?

        My regulars (Bua and East Village Tavern) are both unbelievably packed on weekend nights...

        East Village Tavern
        158 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

        122 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009