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The Top Five After Work Bars for Bankers in Downtown Manhattan

The Top Five After Work Bars for Bankers in Downtown Manhattan

Working with millions of dollars every day seem like a dream to some, but for bankers, it's not such an easy task. With the stock market on the rise again and the economy getting back on its feet, Lower Manhattan is more vibrant than ever, with countless buildings and businesses taking root in the area to cater to the dedicated men and women who work in the area. In addition to new luxury buildings like hotel-condo hybrid The Beekman and high-end retail construction, like Brookfield Place and Westfield's World Trade Center shopping complex, numerous bars and restaurants are making homes in the neighborhood to cater to this hardworking and equally hard-partying crowd. We've rounded up the area bars where you're likely to run into plenty of fellow bankers below.

Distilled: This Franklin Street bar and restaurant is as popular among bankers for its menu of stick-to-your-ribs food as it is its impressive drink list. Whether you've got a hankering for lobster or want to sample a local craft beer, Distilled has you covered.

Anotheroom: Dark, sleek, and popular with locals, Anotheroom is about as unpretentious as the Financial District's watering holes get. Serving up a long list of beers and wines — but no food or hard liquor — Anotheroom is an ideal spot for everything from after-work drinks to weekend dates.

Vintry Wine and Whiskey: Dimly lit and elegantly decorated, Vintry Wine and Whiskey has quickly developed a reputation as a neighborhood hotspot. With over fifty wines on the menu and nearly one hundred whiskeys on their menu, you'll never go thirsty in this Stone Street tavern.

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Top 5 Bars for NYU Students to Go to This Fall

Top 5 Bars for NYU Students to Go to This Fall

New York University is one of Manhattan's biggest draws, with tens of thousands of students arriving in New York each year to test their academic mettle in the greatest city on earth. The school's sprawling downtown campus is nestled between everything the city has to offer, like terrific boutique shopping at A.P.C. and Jesse James, world-renowned restaurants Momofuku and DBGB, and gorgeous new condominium constructions, like The Greenwich Lane, 500 West 21st Street, and 505 West 19th, which provide plenty of incentive for students to stick around the city once school is over. Of course, college isn't all about work — there's plenty of party to be had too. We've rounded up the best bars for NYU students to visit this fall.

The Blind Tiger: Just a block from NYU's Bobst Library in the West Village, this rowdy alehouse is a convenient place for NYU students to blow off steam after a hard day of studying. With dozens of beers on tap and even more bottled selections, this charming watering hole is an easy spot to become a regular at.

Raines Law Room: For students looking for a more sophisticated vibe, or just a perfect date spot, Raines Law Room fits the bill. Located on 17th between 5th and 6th, just outside the NYU perimeter, you're unlikely to run into any professors in this cocktail bar, although you may spot a celebrity or two.

The Upholstery Store: This Washington Street wine bar may not employ the dark lighting and cave-like feel many wine bars opt for, but it's precisely this lack of pretension that has made the Upholstery Store such a hit. Combining the look of a classic pub with wine list that's bound to impress any sommelier, the Upholstery Store is a refreshing change of pace from the college bar scene.

Alphabet City Beer Company: Located just a few blocks from NYU's East Village dorms, but far enough into Alphabet City that you won't likely find your less-adventurous peers here, this beer bar has everything you need to make a night of it. With comfortable leather furniture, a menu of pub staples, from grilled cheese to pretzels, and fun events, like trivia and vinyl night, this low-key Avenue C bar is a great place to escape campus and meet people.

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Five Interesting Bars in NYC

Five Interesting Bars in NYC

P.D.T. (Please Don’t Tell)

While we may be breaking the first rule of P.D.T. , we simply can't keep this well-guarded secret to ourselves. Please Don't Tell is a hidden bar, located through an old-fashioned phone booth in the back of Criff Dogs on St. Mark's in the East Village section of Manhattan. This bar is hidden and exclusive but manages to retain a non-stuffy feel. You can even order anything you want from Criff Dog’s and is passed through a top-secret window.  If you're looking for a fine cocktail and gourmet hotdog (surprisingly good combination), stroll past the karaoke and sushi bars for a truly exclusive and unique experience.

Pro-tip: Make your reservation as soon as the bar opens at 3 p.m.

Double Down Saloon

In the NYC Punk Scene, this bar is frequently referred to as "The Happiest Place on Earth" - a cheeky nod to the Las Vegas establishment bearing the same name and slogan. This is because the place serves a stiff drink, has a no-frills vibe, and there's a lot of great old-school Punk and Thrash Metal in the jukebox. There’s a couple pool tables in the back and you’re guaranteed to talk to a at least a few interesting characters. Even if you're not part of the 'alterna-scene' make a stop at Double Down Saloon for a tall glass of 'Ass Juice', and complimentary porn.

Pro-tip: Go with an open mind.

The Back Room

This speakeasy-style bar is oozing with opulence and exclusivity. You will be lucky to even find the place since it is hidden down an alley. In keeping with the speakeasy theme, cocktails are served in delicate tea cups, and beers in a 'discrete' paper bag. Velvet-wallpaper walls only add to the unforgettable ambiance of The Back Room. Some nights are more crowded than others but even on a Wednesday, The Back Room doesn’t feel desolate. Make sure you dress to impress and keep and eye out for “Dollhouse” night.

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Bottoms Up at New York City

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Bottoms Up at New York City

New York is not one of the most prominent cities in the world for nothing.  How many cities in the world has become the subject of a song that become popular worldwide?  Coined as the Big Apple, this city that is said to “never sleep” is the home of Broadway, some of the most popular fashion brands, the location of the most interesting intrigues and is probably the most well lit city in the world.  Of course, it is also known to be the place where some of the best bars in the world are.  I would not miss New York City for anything and so I flew there the first chance I got. 

My first night there, I was so overwhelmed by all the lights and the bar choices.  I had absolutely no idea where to go first.  And so I decided to refer to the best consultant when it comes to bars and fun – drinkedin.net.  Browsing at their bar list in New York, I immediately knew which ones I really want to see for myself.  After all, I’m more after quality than quantity of the New York City bars that I visit.

Since I am a fan of organic stuff, I decided to give alcoholic drinks that are made of only organic ingredients a try.  Because of that, my very first experience of a New York City bar was in Apotheke.  Unlike other bars that most probably order their drinks, the stuff in Apotheke really piqued my curiosity because everything they used for the drinks and cocktails were from their herb garden that was located on the rooftop of the bar.  How often do you get to try out organic beer?  Not very often I bet but it sure is available here in Apotheke.   

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