If you go to Arlene’s Grocery on a Monday night, you’ll be providing the entertainment. This dark LES bar, which has $3 drafts and $4 well drinks until 8pm every day, does a karaoke night where you put your name on a list, and then go on stage and sing in front of a full house band. In case you’re not looking to be out until 2am on a Monday or you’d rather see real bands perform, come any other night, some Happy Hour drinks in the bar area up front, and then pay a $5 or $10 cover to get into the venue.
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Ronin’ Stones is a speakeasy-type bar on the LES that plays great music and serves yakitori skewers.
CloudM Rooftop Bar
CloudM is the rooftop at the CitizenM Hotel on the LES. It isn’t the coolest rooftop in the world, but it has a great view, and it stays pretty quiet.
Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab
Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab in Essex Market serves Turkish-style sandwiches that are served on light, fluffy pide bread.
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Peachy’s is an underground cocktail bar in Chinatown with good cocktails and lots of neon lights.
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If you want a relatively quiet drink and some oysters on the Lower East Side, Black Crescent is there for you.
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