Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Address: 9 Clinton St.
If you're constantly torn between noble cultural pursuits and carnal pleasures like eating and drinking, you can settle the debate within you at Culture Fix. This subterranean bar has a carefully curated selection of craft beer, and also happens to house a small art gallery in the back room. On any given night, you can sip a potent cocktail among the laid-back crowd while mulling over experimental art. Someone will inevitably be tinkering on the piano. The friendly bartenders will be having thoughtful conversations (sometimes about good books) with the patrons sitting on the stools at the small bar. Even the bathroom walls, which can be marked up with pastel chalk, invite you to create something. -ShantĂ© Cosme