The undeniable buzz of an approaching weekend moves New Yorkers out of working clothes and into the streets. The city is full of underground gems in assuming pockets, best discovered on foot. We’ve got your guide to a night out on the town, all within a one mile walking radius.
Written by Jacquelyn Lumley
Kick things off with daily market ceviche and Baja fish tacos at Pulqueria. The mood lighting bids a warm welcome into your Friday night vibe, accented with colorful textiles and wicker furniture. Sip on Pulque, a traditional alcoholic drink batched in house with fresh agave nectar and lime fermented with seasonal fruit before heading up the stairs and into Chinatown.
11 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
Pop in to check out Straylight, a new bar underneath Juku that took the place of Andre Sarievo’s former hotspot Le Baron. Artists Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman are the mastermind’s behind the pepto pink entry way, which makes way to an eclectic bar space complete with velour couches and a stained-glass-like lighted ceiling. Test out one of praised bartender Dorothy Elizabeth’s science-inspired drinks before another dose of the city lights, toward Nolita.
32 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013
Cruise into Genuine’s underground bar Liquorette, where the drinks are a festivity of their own and the ambiance is of a roadside Mexican bodega. The cocktails are cheeky and creative, a mojito served inside a Dole pineapple can and an old-fashioned with a rock candy stir stick. But what’s a night full of cocktails without a dance floor to close it all out on? Head north into the lower east side to get your groove on…
Downstairs, 191 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
It’s time to groove, and Better Days–formally Happy Endings–promises a charged-up dance party. The late-night lounge pays tribute to a 1972 Midtown house music club called Pea Nuts and aims to attract a new generation of creatives. The party goes until 3 a.m. on the weekends, so go get your sweat on to some live tunes.