I’m going to be a bit subjective here but Blue & Gold is one of the best bars in the East Village. It has a laid-back vibe, cheap drinks, a pool table and a jukebox! What more could you need from a bar?
Classic drinks (like vodka sodas) are four dollars, making it possible to order a round (or two, or three), without emptying your wallet of that hard-earned cash.
If you’re looking for a calm atmosphere to hang out in and catch up with a friend, go on a weekday (Wednesday nights are my go-to). For a loud-crowded-meet-cool-people-divey scene go any night Thursday-Sunday. The bartenders are all lovely so feel free to take a seat at the bar.
Don’t forget to load up the jukebox with your favorite tunes (The Bee-Gees, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding are all at your disposal).