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penick_99 Feb 27, 2014 07:35 AM

looking for an upscale type of cocktail bar for apps and drinks before taking a cheese making course at Murrays at 254 bleeker...it seems that many of them, like Little Branch do not open til 6 or 7 ...we need to start around 5...any ideas? thanks

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    downtownchica RE: penick_99 Feb 27, 2014 07:46 AM

    Lately, I've loved the drinks (and service) at Wallflower, though it's a bit further north.

    Blue Ribbon Downing Street is only a few blocks.

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      thegforceny RE: downtownchica Feb 27, 2014 08:36 AM

      Blue Ribbon Downing Street Wine Bar (at Bedford) FTW

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        i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: downtownchica Feb 27, 2014 03:38 PM

        I just read about Wallflower and thought it sounded like a perfect place to grab drinks before a friend's birthday in the WV... what do you enjoy there?

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          downtownchica RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Mar 3, 2014 02:05 PM

          The Ambroise #2 is fabulous, but all my friends drinks that I have sipped on were interesting and tasty.

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        kathryn RE: penick_99 Feb 27, 2014 08:38 AM

        Louro, perhaps? Excellent cocktails. Their happy hour starts at 5:30pm.

        The entire Gabe Stulman group of restaurants (Joseph Leonard, Fedora, Chez Sardine) tend to do pretty solid cocktails, actually (one head bartender for all his restos).

        Also nearby is Empellon Taqueria and I like the drinks at the Empellons as well. I might also keep Whitehall as an option. Or the newly opened Wallflower (ex-Daniel bartender).

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          Spiritchaser RE: kathryn Feb 27, 2014 09:02 AM

          I was pleasantly surprised by how much we liked Whitehall. First time we went because it was convenient for killing some time and wound up really enjoying their cocktails and food.

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            foodiemom10583 RE: kathryn Feb 27, 2014 10:13 AM

            I had the Concord Collins at Louro last week. It was wonderful. The house-made shrub was nicely tart and the piney notes in the background really set off the grape flavor.

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            penick_99 RE: penick_99 Feb 27, 2014 10:59 AM

            anybody had drinks at the Marlton?

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              candyapple13 RE: penick_99 Feb 27, 2014 03:52 PM

              Sorry to hijack this thread... but am looking for something very similar, though must be close walking distance to Thompson/Bleecker. Any ideas welcome.

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                alepenazzi RE: candyapple13 Feb 27, 2014 03:55 PM


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                  kathryn RE: candyapple13 Feb 27, 2014 03:55 PM

                  Pegu Club is usually pretty quiet around 5pm. I love going there early. West Broadway and Houston, 2 blocks away.

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