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Where to Drink in NYC Every Night of the Week

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123_234_2008_10_hasmaps%20%282%29%20%281%29.jpgAs a Cocktail Week special, Eater asked all-around drinks expert Robert Simonson for his list of where to drink every night of the week. Some of these bars host notable drink makers on certain nights, while others offer unique food and drink specials, or live music. And some of them just feel right on specific nights of the week. Here's a guide to where to drink Monday through Sunday, in map form:


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Counting Room

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44 Berry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-1860
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MONDAY: If this article were running two months ago, I'd say go to Lani Kai, where Brian Miller's "Tiki Mondays" was the best Monday-night party in town, and the most vibrant expression of Tiki culture in the city. But, seeing as how Lani Kai has shuttered, direct your feet instead to Williamsburg's Counting Room, where every Monday mixologist extraordinaire Maks Pazuniak presents his ever-changing "something like this" cocktail menu. The basement stools are often occupied by other in-the-know bartenders. What you don't know about bitters and amari, Maks will teach you.

2. Bemelmans Bar

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35 East 76th St
New York, NY 10021
(212) 744-1600
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TUESDAY: There aren't many cocoons of old fashioned New York saloon glamour left in the city, but at Bemelmans Bar, tucked inside the luxurious Carlyle Hotel, you can briefly feel like you're living in 1950s Manhattan. Sadly, 53-year veteran bartender Tommy Rowles retired this past spring. But the elegantly retro Loston Harris Trio still plays every Tuesday through Saturday. If you like your drinking more downscale, try the reliable pub Swift in the East Village. On Tuesdays, you can buy a half a dozen oysters and a Guinness for $12. (As a general rule of thumb, Irish pubs should be avoided on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as they are almost always either Trivia Night or Karaoke Night.)

3. The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen

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434 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(646) 863-3896
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WEDNESDAY: At the superlative Upper West Side wine bar Tangled Wine, Wednesday is "Winesday." Any bottle on the list—and it's a good list—is eligible for opening and pouring by the glass, if you can commit to two glasses. And who can't commit to two glasses? Later in the evening, retreat to Cobble Hill's Clover Club, where Wednesday is a particularly convivial night, thanks to the jazz croonings of Bryl-creemed Michael Arenella, a man so in love with the past he wears period duds, toe to top.

4. McSorley's Old Ale House

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15 E 7th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-9148
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THURSDAY: There are certain great bars in the city that are so popular that you want to avoid them during primetime by any means necessary. So if you adore the antebellum McSorley's Ale House—and who doesn't?—but dislike the company of loutish college students and bridge-and-tunnel types, visit the East Village tavern during lunch or the early afternoon hours. You'll find tables and quiet galore. If you happen to like crowds, point yourself in the direction of Williamsburg's Maison Premiere. The New Orleans-flavored bar's intensely popular happy hour begins at 4 p.m. Why so popular? Dollar oysters.

5. Sunny's

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120-138 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11217
FRIDAY: Sunny's is an old, unchanged tavern in the far corner of Red Hook (near Fairway). Currently, it is closed, owing to Hurricane Sandy's wrath. But, fingers crossed, it will soon be back in business, and following its own erratic schedule. And it will need your business! The owner—great-grandson of the founder—only opens on nights he chooses. One of those nights is Friday, beginning at 8 PM. (The other evening is Wednesday.) Bottled beer is what you'll be drinking. An antique maritime atmosphere is what you'll be soaking in. Painters and writers are your fellow barflies. Sometimes there is music, or a poetry reading. If you want something more Manhattan-centric (and can get a reservation), try Milk & Honey, if only to enjoy the sturdy double act of longtime bartenders Sammy Ross and Michael McIlroy. The space will soon reopen as Attaboy, but Sam and Mickey will still be there.

6. Jimmy's Corner

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140 W 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 764-2366
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SATURDAY: If you're a New Yorker and, for whatever unfortunate reason, you find yourself in Times Square on a Saturday night, your natural instinct is to duck in some place where the tourists won't find you. Your best bet is Jimmy's Corner on W. 44th Street between Sixth and Seventh. Run by former boxing coach Jimmy Glenn, it's one of the last dives in the area and a refuge from the vulgar indignities of Red Lobster and Bloomberg's pedestrian plazas. Killer juke box, too. If you want to get even further away, go to the century-old Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria, where, in fair weather, there's usually something musical going on every Saturday.

7. PRUNE

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54 East 1st St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-6221
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SUNDAY: I don't like brunch, and I don't love Bloody Marys. (Ramos Gin Fizz is my morning drink.) But if you're fond of both, the East Village's Prune has a variation of the classic morning drink (vodka, gin, tequila, aquavit, etc.) to suit your mood. Me, I'd head uptown to Molly's Shebeen—possibly the best Irish pub in the city—ignore the brunch menu and its offer of an inclusive mimosa, and order the classic Shepherd's Pie from the lunch menu. And a Guinness. Finally, if Sunday means football to you, there are any number of bars in town dedicated to the specific team you champion. I follow the Green Bay Packers. For that, there's Kettle of Fish in the Village, or Mad River Bar & Grill on Third Avenue. I marginally prefer the latter, because three years back the owners got in trouble for illegally smuggling in the Wisconsin craft ale Spotted Cow, made by the New Glarus Brewing Company. Now, that's dedication.

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1. The Counting Room

44 Berry St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
MONDAY: If this article were running two months ago, I'd say go to Lani Kai, where Brian Miller's "Tiki Mondays" was the best Monday-night party in town, and the most vibrant expression of Tiki culture in the city. But, seeing as how Lani Kai has shuttered, direct your feet instead to Williamsburg's Counting Room, where every Monday mixologist extraordinaire Maks Pazuniak presents his ever-changing "something like this" cocktail menu. The basement stools are often occupied by other in-the-know bartenders. What you don't know about bitters and amari, Maks will teach you.
44 Berry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

2. Bemelmans Bar

35 East 76th St, New York, NY 10021
TUESDAY: There aren't many cocoons of old fashioned New York saloon glamour left in the city, but at Bemelmans Bar, tucked inside the luxurious Carlyle Hotel, you can briefly feel like you're living in 1950s Manhattan. Sadly, 53-year veteran bartender Tommy Rowles retired this past spring. But the elegantly retro Loston Harris Trio still plays every Tuesday through Saturday. If you like your drinking more downscale, try the reliable pub Swift in the East Village. On Tuesdays, you can buy a half a dozen oysters and a Guinness for $12. (As a general rule of thumb, Irish pubs should be avoided on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as they are almost always either Trivia Night or Karaoke Night.)
35 East 76th St
New York, NY 10021

3. The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen

434 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
WEDNESDAY: At the superlative Upper West Side wine bar Tangled Wine, Wednesday is "Winesday." Any bottle on the list—and it's a good list—is eligible for opening and pouring by the glass, if you can commit to two glasses. And who can't commit to two glasses? Later in the evening, retreat to Cobble Hill's Clover Club, where Wednesday is a particularly convivial night, thanks to the jazz croonings of Bryl-creemed Michael Arenella, a man so in love with the past he wears period duds, toe to top.
434 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

4. McSorley's Old Ale House

15 E 7th St., New York, NY 10003
THURSDAY: There are certain great bars in the city that are so popular that you want to avoid them during primetime by any means necessary. So if you adore the antebellum McSorley's Ale House—and who doesn't?—but dislike the company of loutish college students and bridge-and-tunnel types, visit the East Village tavern during lunch or the early afternoon hours. You'll find tables and quiet galore. If you happen to like crowds, point yourself in the direction of Williamsburg's Maison Premiere. The New Orleans-flavored bar's intensely popular happy hour begins at 4 p.m. Why so popular? Dollar oysters.
15 E 7th St.
New York, NY 10003

5. Sunny's

120-138 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217
FRIDAY: Sunny's is an old, unchanged tavern in the far corner of Red Hook (near Fairway). Currently, it is closed, owing to Hurricane Sandy's wrath. But, fingers crossed, it will soon be back in business, and following its own erratic schedule. And it will need your business! The owner—great-grandson of the founder—only opens on nights he chooses. One of those nights is Friday, beginning at 8 PM. (The other evening is Wednesday.) Bottled beer is what you'll be drinking. An antique maritime atmosphere is what you'll be soaking in. Painters and writers are your fellow barflies. Sometimes there is music, or a poetry reading. If you want something more Manhattan-centric (and can get a reservation), try Milk & Honey, if only to enjoy the sturdy double act of longtime bartenders Sammy Ross and Michael McIlroy. The space will soon reopen as Attaboy, but Sam and Mickey will still be there.
120-138 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11217

6. Jimmy's Corner

140 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036
SATURDAY: If you're a New Yorker and, for whatever unfortunate reason, you find yourself in Times Square on a Saturday night, your natural instinct is to duck in some place where the tourists won't find you. Your best bet is Jimmy's Corner on W. 44th Street between Sixth and Seventh. Run by former boxing coach Jimmy Glenn, it's one of the last dives in the area and a refuge from the vulgar indignities of Red Lobster and Bloomberg's pedestrian plazas. Killer juke box, too. If you want to get even further away, go to the century-old Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria, where, in fair weather, there's usually something musical going on every Saturday.
140 W 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

7. PRUNE

54 East 1st St, New York, NY 10003
SUNDAY: I don't like brunch, and I don't love Bloody Marys. (Ramos Gin Fizz is my morning drink.) But if you're fond of both, the East Village's Prune has a variation of the classic morning drink (vodka, gin, tequila, aquavit, etc.) to suit your mood. Me, I'd head uptown to Molly's Shebeen—possibly the best Irish pub in the city—ignore the brunch menu and its offer of an inclusive mimosa, and order the classic Shepherd's Pie from the lunch menu. And a Guinness. Finally, if Sunday means football to you, there are any number of bars in town dedicated to the specific team you champion. I follow the Green Bay Packers. For that, there's Kettle of Fish in the Village, or Mad River Bar & Grill on Third Avenue. I marginally prefer the latter, because three years back the owners got in trouble for illegally smuggling in the Wisconsin craft ale Spotted Cow, made by the New Glarus Brewing Company. Now, that's dedication.
54 East 1st St
New York, NY 10003

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