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Sweet and Vicious
Spring, E of Elizabeth
Little Italy
Manhattan
I have it on good authority that there are moments of spontaneous booze-community in this otherwise too-hip bar; it's been reported that everyone has hunkered down on the floor to chat and groove. Now, this situation would clearly be anomalous given the general conditions of the space. The drinks are a little precious, price-wise, if you know what I mean, and the seating is surprisingly torturous. [S&V added an outdoor garden area that is truly chill early on a weekday (happy hour from 4 to 7 or so, and that's about the only time  I can afford it...then the doorman posts up, and it's biz as usual). Good for S&V. Now if they could get rid of the morons crowding in and spilling their drinks everywhere. Leave before the sun sets.]

Vig-Bar
Spring @ Elizabeth
Little Italy
Manhattan
Less than half a block from Sweet and Vicious, the Vig-Bar can be a little hairy on the weekends, but if you can score yourself a seat in the back lounge area, in the evening's decline, then even a Friday or Saturday night can be feasible. The electronic music and hiphop they pipe in is generally acceptable, though drinks are in the middle-of-the-hip range. Still, if on a weeknight you're down for dark and stylish, the Vig is an alright gig.

Spring Lounge
Spring @ Mulberry
Little Italy
Manhattan
{ Eclipse the Gum 1/19/01: The third installment of the Blind Tiger, Collins Bar, etc. Rickety tables and a collegial atmosphere. Low incandescent, colored lighting. Willy-nilly jukebox, but somehow the clientele pulls it off. The kind of place you find well-dressed receptionists looking to chat between going to the bathroom and returning to the table. A great starting bar, 3 drinks and then off to the next joint.}

Double Happiness
Mott @ Broome
Little Italy
Manhattan
Great décor. Feeling slick enough? Pay at the door. Feeling sick? [In fact, the layout and décor outweigh the often too-hip crowd, especially if you go on, say, a Sunday. The pour seems to compensate for the price, if you haven't coughed the cover, and a fun time will be had by all, as They say.] [In Soso on a Sunday night? For this species of bar, in this vicinity, DH stays open fairly late. The pour is good. The DJ tends to play reggae. The place is empty. Ahh, Sunday.] [That a bar can ring up seven for one bourbon, however significant its pour,—it never quits astonishing me, that in fact I do not turn and walk directly out. Sundays at Double Happiness are still unusually fun, and perhaps the cash outlay provides a peculiar intoxication of its own. And you, good soul, who feels the same conflict, draw comfort from my sufferings and let this bar be your friend if, due to fate or personal responsibility, you can find no closer one.]

Mare Chiaro
Mulberry, Broome/Grand
Little Italy
Manhattan
No recoverable impressions, save a vague sense of hostility.

on to Chinatown

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