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Good Cocktails, Atmosphere, Casual dancing

mdemps9190 Dec 13, 2013 03:49 PM

Looking for a place for NYE that has great cocktails (we are sorta cocktail snobs) but also the potential for some casual (see:drunk) dancing? We don't want a club or a lounge playing electronic music all night. Originally we were thinking of doing LIttle Branch NYE or something similar, but the other people are worried it will be too boring for an extended period of time.

4 people (2 couples in their 20's), nothing over $150 for a ticket, anywhere in manhattan (preferably south of 40th st) or Williamsburg area.

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    sugartoof Dec 14, 2013 01:07 PM

    NY has very strict Cabaret laws which prohibit dancing without a license.

    It's literally illegal, and the establishment could get fined or shut down for allowing you to dance at some of the place being suggested. The larger clubs will fail on the cocktail side of things, or they're just plain terrible (like Hudson Hotel).

    Try Brooklyn for more in between options.
    The Bell House must have some event going on.
    Huckleberry Bar is pretty small, but it has a small dance floor area, and a nice cocktail list.

    1. coasts Dec 14, 2013 04:38 AM

      Look at Toro. They're having a ticketed event with passed tapas and drinks. No mention of cocktails, though. I imagine you could order them and pay as you go.

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        avial Dec 13, 2013 10:52 PM

        Check EO or Bathtub Gin maybe, Clover Club in Carroll Gardens perhaps if you don't mind going that far.

        other random plausabilitie based on size:
        bar in the Royalton
        Pulque in Chinatown
        Experimental Cocktail Club
        Pouring Ribbons
        Back Room
        Mother's Ruin
        Randolph on Broome

        1. k
          kathryn Dec 13, 2013 03:59 PM

          Very difficult combination to find.

          Little Branch is so small, where would you even dance, assuming they let you (due to the cabaret laws)? So many of the craft cocktail lounges are tiny.

          Try the Tippler, they posted this to their Facebook Page:

          Count it down and Dance it out!
          Tippler New Years Eve 2014!

          DJ Turmix @djturmix, Boogaloo, Soul and Raw Funk
          Doors at 8pm, DJ at 10pm, OPEN till 8am

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          1. re: kathryn
            mdemps9190 Dec 14, 2013 09:17 AM

            Tippler is a pretty good suggestion, don't know about the likelihood of getting a table though.

            @avail I know the cocktail scene pretty well, but I don't know about the likelihood of having a table + people dancing around kind of atmosphere. That's more what I need help with.

            Thanks for the suggestions! Keep em coming if possible.

            1. re: mdemps9190
              avial Dec 15, 2013 06:07 PM

              Just thinking of places with a space that could fit a small dance floor. Have you actually checked with any of these places?

              1. re: mdemps9190
                kathryn Dec 15, 2013 06:17 PM

                Give Golden Cadillac a call.

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