5 places with a personality all their own in New York

1) Sid Gold's Request Room

Glitzy, as in Las Vegas, with kitschy 1950s barware and memorabilia. Karaoke singing goes on in the back around a grand piano. Guest pianists with different leanings will play whatever you request, see song lists online. Reservations encouraged, as space is limited.

people enjoying live music at Sid Gold's Request Room

165 West 26th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenue)

+1 212 229 1948


2) The Uncommons

For those who love to play games, literally. Inside is an entire wall stacked with over 1200 board games (Monopoly, Backgammon, Risk, and other obscure titles). For 10 dollars you can go in and play all the games you want. Coffee, tea – plus beer, wine, and cider.

bar interior of board game bar The Uncommons

230 Thompson Street (between Bleecker and W 3rd Street)

+1 646 543 9215


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3) Brooklyn Bowl

The triple threat: a music venue, bar, and upscale sixteen lane bowling-alley – which sits right next to where live acts, like Guns N’ Roses and Elvis Costello, have played. Acts include the latest indy bands, novelty shows, and a weekly spin by DJ Questlove. Great fried chicken supplied by a NYC favorite, Blue Ribbon.

people enjoying a party at the Brooklyn Bowl bowling bar

61 Wythe Avenue (between N 11th and 12th Street), Williamsburg

+1 718 963 3369


4) Marie's Crisis Café

A show tune sing-along place filled with enthusiastic, diehard fans. Mostly gay men (though all theater lovers come and are welcome) surround a piano in an underground spot, and beautifully belt out one show tune after the other, while drinking from plastic cups. It’s a joyful spot that dates back to the early 1900s.

bar interior of Marie's Crisis Café

59 Grove Street (between 7th Avenue S and Bleecker)

+1 212 243 9323


5) The Stonewall Inn

The site of the riots in 1969, and now a National Landmark. A rite of passage for many gay men, it’s a short walk from Washington Square Park – you’ll recognize it by its iconic arched red brick facade, neon sign, and rainbow flags waving. Afternoon drinking encouraged with 2-for-1 drinks between 2 and 7.30 pm.

bar window of the Stonewall Inn in NYC

53 Christopher Street (at 7th Avenue)

+1 212 488 2705


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