Housed within a boxy building on the corner of East 9th and Avenue C, this understated bar pumps out inventive cocktails and tunes curated by its jack-of-all-trades staff. Scavenged items like old lamps and scales create a scene reminiscent of a country cabin. The atmosphere seems charged with warm excitement, and with just the right amount of affect. The music is live, the bartenders are knowledgeable and excited without being douchey, and the cocktails boast interesting ingredients like kale juice mixed with tequila (the Garden Variety Margarita) and apple-wood smoked ice.
3. The Wayland