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Can This New Bar Reduce the East Village’s ‘Douche Factor’?

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

When word first emerged that Abby Ehmann, an East Village party organizer and neighborhood chronicler who’s resided in the hood since 1989, would be opening a bar on Avenue B, not everyone was all about it. There were enough bars, people said– in fact, there are several of them located on the block between 10th and 11th streets already. And worst of all, weren’t the proliferation of bars (especially the fancy cocktail ones) part of the problem?

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Sauvage, ‘Wild’ Sister Resto to Maison Premiere, Opens in Greenpoint

Maison Premiere's new sister restaurant, Sauvage (Photo: Katie Burton, courtesy of Sauvage)

Maison Premiere’s new sister restaurant, Sauvage (Photo: Katie Burton, courtesy of Sauvage)

Maison Premiere has been the Belle of the Brooklyn Ball since it opened in 2011– the Williamsburg oyster bar is perpetually brimming with enraptured guests and hovering, perspiring would-bes waiting for a seat at the horseshoe bar. Earlier this month, their off-the-chain booze operation earned them the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Bar Program.” I mean, where else can you find a classy, non-diabetes-forming answer to the tiki trend, an unrivaled selection of absinthe drips, and a $20 martini that looks worthy of Macaulay Culkin’s character in a sorely needed Richie Rich Redux?

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It’s Negroni Week, Here’s Where We’re Tossin’ Em Back

Perfection (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Perfection (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Ah, the Negroni — one part gin, one part Campari, one part vermouth, but all parts refreshing, bitter sophistication. The Italian-born drink was immaculately conceived in 1919 by a bartender who, looking to make a drink called the Americano boozier, swapped soda water out for gin. It’s great either on the rocks or up — we’ve even seen a dangerously boozy frozen version that’s perfect for summer (but not for dignified nights) at the Narrows.

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Movie Trivia at Videology

Every Tuesday night, gather your movie-loving friends for six rounds of trivia at Videology in Williamsburg. They present different categories throughout the night, like quotation, tagline and clip identification. Every week the winning team gets a free round of drinks, and at the end of the season the top three teams from the combined rounds win big prizes like a $150 bar tab. Word to the wise: get there early to snag a table.

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Play/Date

Interactive and immersive, Play/Date isn’t really a show as much as an experience: it takes place at a lounge (Fat Baby in the Lower East Side), where the audience can either sit or meander while they watch performers move around the bar and perform a series of short plays. Sure, the plays’ subject—New York dating—has been beaten to death. But Play/Date is less about the stories and more about the interaction between the audience and the actors. Did we mention you’re encouraged to drink while you watch? Sold.

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Play/Date

Interactive and immersive, Play/Date isn’t really a show as much as an experience: it takes place at a lounge (Fat Baby in the Lower East Side), where the audience can either sit or meander while they watch performers move around the bar and perform a series of short plays. Sure, the plays’ subject—New York dating—has been beaten to death. But Play/Date is less about the stories and more about the interaction between the audience and the actors. Did we mention you’re encouraged to drink while you watch? Sold.

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Mari de Monte Loves Black Rabbit Bar, and She’s Got the Tattoo to Prove It

There are customers and then there are Regulars.

Mari De Monte at Black Rabbit (Photo: Erbu Yildiz)

Mari de Monte at Black Rabbit (Photo: Erbu Yildiz)

The kitchen of the Greenpoint apartment that 28-year-old Mari de Monte shares with her cat, Nina Simone, just happens to look into the backyard of her favorite bar: Black Rabbit. She’s so big on the place, she has a tattoo of its logo on her arm.
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