Whether you’re enjoying an evening out with colleagues or friends, there are some prime spots in the Village to grab that essential after-work cocktail. Here are five reliable destinations:
Corkbuzz Wine Studio
13 E 13 St
Try taking your vino enthusiast to Corkbuzz, where he or she can engage with owner Laura, who also happens to be a master sommelier. Indulge in some unusual but mouthwatering snacks (bone marrow and pigs ears included) or a chic cocktail (visitors are particularly fond of the Van Gogh) in a distinctly un-pretentious environment.
Vol de Nuit
148 W 4th St
If wine isn’t really your thing and you’d rather enjoy a pint of craft ale for your post-work refresher, Vol de Nuit is a fantastic Belgian beer bar that has a patio for those who would prefer to drink al fresco before the sun goes down. Champagne and wine are on the menu too, but it’s really all about the brews here—well, the brews and the exquisite fries, which come with a wide selection of condiment choices (the aioli garlic sauce is divine).
The first Amélie wine bar opened in San Francisco’s chic Russian Hill neighborhood and was such a success with the after-work and young professional crowd that the owners started one in Greenwich Village. Cozy, classy and warm like the original, although it’s less than two years old, NYC’s Amélie already feels like an old friend—possibly due to the more than one hundred wines to choose from, and the plethora of artisanal cheeses and meats on offer. Between 5 and 7 p.m. you can get three glasses of wine for $10, as part of the “Flight” deal.
85 Washington Pl
For the after-work crowd looking for something a little bit spicier than a straightforward wine bar, there’s Formerly Crow’s—a long, dark tunnel of a place with bare brick walls, old timey décor and tattooed ladies serving up the drinks. It’s definitely the kind of place that’ll help you shake off a day at the office in five minutes flat—especially if you’re indulging in their truly exotic cocktails, including the Lundquistador (which contains jalapeno-infused tequila) and the cinnamon-infused Sazarac.
8th St Wine Cellar
28 W 8th St
If you’re having one of those Friday afternoons where everything has gone swimmingly and you get out of the office early, may we suggest heading to 8th St Wine Cellar’s “Get Happy Hour” where, between 4 and 7 p.m., bottles of high quality wines are $18. The sophisticated bar snacks are also reasonably priced (we recommend the chicken liver pate and creative range of bruschette on offer). The exterior may be reasonably anonymous, but there’s personality galore inside.
Image courtesy of: Shuna Lydon
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