The West SoHo Nightlife Scene


The West SoHo Nightlife Scene

The legendary West SoHo neighborhood is best experienced by the social butterfly: the streets are full of established bars and eateries—and enticing newcomers—that compete for attention and accolades.

Residents of 70 Charlton in Hudson Square can take full advantage of their proximity to West SoHo’s variety of nightlife options. Whether you’re a history buff looking to sip sidecars in an historic New York landmark or a foodie in search of small plates and fine wines, you won’t have to travel far to find your perfect hangout.

For the Foodie: Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar, 34 Downing Street

If craft beer flights, award-winning wines, and critically acclaimed bar bites catch your interest, then the Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar is a great option for date night or catching up with friends in the comfort of a lively, yet intimate, atmosphere. The foie gras terrine is a hearty bite to share alongside a bittersweet port punch, made from Bank Note scotch, fortified dram syrup, lemon, and ruby port. The chocolate chip bread pudding is another treat perfect for sharing with friends with a sweet tooth. Or you can let the house mixologists impress you: order the cocktail omakase, a three-drink flight that varies from night to night.

For the History Buff: Ear Inn, 326 Spring Street

Located in the historic James Brown House, Ear Inn has been a SoHo mainstay since pre-Prohibition times. This designated New York landmark exudes antique charm with its hardwood interiors and decorative wall-hangings, and offers live jazz on Sunday nights as part of its retro ambiance. Dive into traditional pub grub like grilled burgers locally sourced from Pat La Frieda meats or opt for one of their hearty entrees like the duck confit legs served with chutney and rice. Get into the spirit by enjoying these classic eats alongside a frosty pint from their wide beer selection, or really go back in time with a Prohibition-style cocktail like a gin rickey or a handmade sidecar.

For the Music Lover: 142 Sullivan, 142 Sullivan Street

Let the music in your heart lead you to this intimate wine bar, beloved for its classic-rock-themed cocktails like the Neil Diamond-inspired “Love on the Rocks,” made from cava, sherry, dark vermouth, and fresh berries, or the “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” a flavorful homage to the Beatles and the former Soviet Union, made from 142 cocktail wine, ginger beer, and fresh-squeezed lime juice. The drinks may be why music lovers come to 142 Sullivan, but they stay for its unique “Vinyl Cellar.” Guests can venture downstairs to browse an eclectic collection of jazz, R&B, and funk records. Fans who want to take a piece of the music home with them can purchase a “Music Blend,” an adorable wine cork/flash drive with a mix of staff-curated music that easily downloads to your personal computer.

For The Cocktail Enthusiast: Little Branch, 22 7th Avenue

This New York Magazine “Critic’s Pick” is the speakeasy-style brainchild of the late Sasha Petraske, legendary mixologist and founder of the Milk & Honey bar. Frequented for its romantic setting, live jazz sets, and impeccable craft cocktails, the bar is big enough to accommodate small groups. Stay traditional by ordering a mojito that is considered one of the city’s very best, or tell the suspenders-sporting bartender the liquor you fancy, and he’ll surprise you with a customized sip to match your mood. Grab a booth and tuck in for a night of specialty drinks that feature fresh-squeezed juices, hand-cut ice blocks, and the occasional egg flip for a frothy nightcap that oozes one-of-a-kind flavor and nostalgia.

For the Low-Key Type: Lazy Point, 310 Spring Street

Despite its landlocked status, Lazy Point’s exterior and decor adopt the vibe of a relaxing beach house, offering a blissful and relaxing night out. With a focus on bar snacks, craft cocktails, and live DJs, this laid-back surf bar and kitchen remains a favorite among young professionals and trendsetters, who pop in for their Happy Hour specials like the pistachio mule, a unique take on the Russian classic, which features a pistachio-infused Reyka vodka, or a Lazy Point michelada, that pairs well with one of the bar’s highly praised seafood snacks, like the duo of fish tacos, making Manhattan feel more like Mexico with every sip.

Residents of 70 Charlton will quickly realize that West SoHo and its immediate vicinity offer no shortage of upscale bars and lounges. For more information on available residences, visit www.70charlton.com.

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