Winter time in NYC does more than a few things to those who tend to be out and about. Of all those things, it’s usually nice that bars during the day and during a snow storm are empty.
I’d heard a few stories of a bar hidden above a burger joint and it was time I saw what it was all about. Here is,
If you were walking by the Five Guys on Bleecker St, you probably wouldn’t assume there was anything more than just burgers.
From the outside, the only piece of decoration even noticeable is an old-school LED sign that spells out “SOUL.”
Getting to the bar itself includes having to walk through the Five Guys dinning tables, past the kitchen, towards the bathroom. Only if you make a quick 180 before you head into the John would notice a slim staircase.
There are no signs or lights on the stairs but once you make it up to the second floor, you’re greeted with a large wood-worn bar with a wall of liquor reaching from one end of the bar to the other. At the end of the bar, you’ll notice a VERY cool painted skull within the fireplace between some sets of couches and chairs. All of this under the chandeliers of some old-school British era house. I think?
If there’s ever any advice I can give you as a guest/customer at a bar, it would be this.
Do yourself a favor and get yourself a drink at the bar before partaking in any socializing. Bartenders will appreciate it dearly to keep things moving and you will definitely enjoy not having to wait for anything while you’re trying to talk about that last date you went on that turned out to be a bust with you friend.
With that being said, of course the first thing I did was order some…
Something about this bar is incredibly comfortable. Coming here alone, with a friends, or even a group would be a hell of a time.
The cocktails aren’t too expensive like most “cocktail” bars around the city and the music is an awesome mix of Top 40 and oldies.
A little note on that second cocktail though, I didn’t like it. I was intrigued by someone putting matcha in a drink but it still wasn’t anything I particularly cared for.
I was taken back by a surprise that I wasn’t even aware of until the bartender mentioned it.
There’s a small party room filled with comfy loft-style couches and a couple of tables.
If you’re looking for a nice little space for 7-10 people, this would be the perfect room to host a “better than casual” night out with a close group of friends.
Just make the reservation a week in advance so you know it’s all yours.
If you’re in the West Village area and want to find that neighborhood cocktail bar thats filled with attractive people and equally as good music, The Garret West is your best bet.
Until next time,
“10/10 would recommend, Yancy……OUT!”