There are more speakeasies in lower Manhattan than we can count at this point, so it takes a lot to impress us. Enter: The Lø, a self-described “subterranean speakeasy cocktail lounge.” The Nolita spot is nondescript and just understated enough: The dark, jewel-toned interior is free of gimmicks, and their “Stay gold forever” sign is about to be on Instagram feeds everywhere. The bar already had its soft opening, and we’re keeping our eyes peeled for The Lø to officially arrive.
Location: 19 Kenmare St.
Bring your Saturday night fever to The Black Lodge, Prince Street’s newest addition. Open Tuesday through Saturday, The Black Lodge has DJs spinning funky tunes every night of the week. The bar-cum-club brings high-key disco vibes in a low-key environment. Get your dancing shoes on and get ready to party.
Location: 20 Prince St.
It seems like Williamsburg and Bushwick get all of the attention, but Prospect Heights is making a name for itself with Sweet Polly. Open since late 2016, Sweet Polly’s bar offers crazy concoctions — think cocktails infused with yogurt, barbecue bitters, and beef jerky — as well as riffs on the classics. They’ve also got a killer selection of beer and wine, and elevated small plates that bring a whole new meaning to “bar snacks.”
Location: 71 6th Ave., Brooklyn
Iconic West Village bar Chumley’s, once frequented by the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald (#TBT to high school English, anyone?), had closed its doors for about a decade — until the end of last year, that is. The former pub is now a nostalgic restaurant-bar, carrying its charm into the 21st century. Smooth cocktails compliment items like a tangy bone marrow burger and a light, citrusy hamachi crudo. Chumley’s reopening proves that this spot isn’t going anywhere ever again.
Location: 86 Bedford St.
Paul’s Casablanca is the Moroccan-inspired lounge we didn’t know we needed. Opened by Paul Sevigny (yep, the one of Beatrice Inn and Baby Grand and brother to It girl Chloe), the nightclub is decked with lush booths and plush cushions that recall some far-off land. With a playlist that’s heavy on The Smiths, the space guarantees a fun time.
Location: 305 Spring St.
If you find yourself in Williamsburg, say howdy to Fresh Kills Bar. The vibe is modern with a western flair, and the extensive menu of craft and classic cocktails prove that these guys know how to do drinks. The bar is no-frills and they offer $10 drinks at happy hour seven days a week, which means you can actually, y’know, afford to have fun.
Location: 161 Grand St., Brooklyn