East Village Bars & Nightlife

Establishment neighborhood
Mother of Pearl
95 Ave. A, East Village
Mother of Pearl's elevated take on the tiki bar is unapologetically vibrant. Couches are done in retro floral prints, and bright orchids and lilies sit atop teal-patterned tables. Long, gathered white curtains separate an open, airy front sitting room from the bar, which is outfitted with kelly-green-topped stools. The cocktails, likewise, are decorated with flowers (and fruit) and are just as festive. The bar snacks hold up, as well, and there's a larger brunch menu on the weekends.
Please Don’t Tell (PDT)
113 St. Marks Pl., East Village
Criff Dogs—a hot dog joint—was an institution even before PDT (Please Don't Tell) came onto the scene. It's one of the best bars in the city for fantastic cocktails dreamed up by owner Jim Meehan, whose book of recipes has brought good, old fashioned cocktails back into the modern lexicon. Plus, there are deluxe hot dogs on the menu to accompany your drinks. It's a tiny, dark space, and the setting is intimate on purpose, so it can be hard to get a seat. Drop by early to put your name on the list—they're great about giving you a call when a table is available. >>Photo: Noah Kalina
Death & Co.
433 E. 6th St., East Village
New York is full of prohibition-themed bars, but this one stands out for its incredible drinks. The space, dark and intimate, is meant for small parties to enjoy their drinks and snacks over quiet conversation (make a reservation as seating is scarce). The drink menu is sorted by spirits, then by "shaken" or "stirred," so you're bound to find something that meets, and then exceeds, your very particular expectations. Don't miss the incredible food, which justifies arriving with an empty stomach.
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