Jungle Bird is a two-story, tropical-themed spot in Chelsea with a bar on each floor and several taps shaped like big golden peacocks - and if all of this sounds like a little too much, you should know that this place is actually pretty low-key. You can stand around with a couple of friends and have a good cocktail, or you can grab a big leather booth and hang out for an hour or two while you eat some snacks like dumplings or lotus chips. Consider this place a cooler, less hectic alternative to The Tippler, and use it for anything from a first date to some drinks with some in-laws.
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