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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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