Art Bar is a good NYC bar for cheap drinks, girls’ night out, first date and entertaining visiting friends. Here are some tips:
Good For First Dates/Casual Dates: Start the evening out at the hightops by the bar and progress to the couches in the back room as the night gets more cozy.
Good For Out Of Town Friends: An easy place to expose them to a cool but not pretentious bar and a healthy mix of all NYC stereotypes.
Good For Cheap Drinks: Not everything is cheap but if that’s what you’re looking for you’ll find it here.
Art Bar’s Address: 52 8th Ave. (West Village)
Art Bar is, from my experience, possibly the best place for a first date/casual date in all of NYC. Imagine entering, sliding past the bar and walking into a back room that reminds you of every basement makeout session you had in high school - but in a really good way. That full journey should be saved for later in the night but the spot’s front room provides an acceptable setting for earlier hours, making for a seamless transition to something “more comfortable.”
Keep in mind this is only if your date is the kind of girl (as I am) who finds something fun and sexy about lounging on a dirty couch next to a hot guy. The bottom line: Art Bar is awesome for a good old-fashioned makeout sesh.