3 Downtown NYC Bars in a Night

Two Where New York editors search out three cool bars in Downtown NYC for great cocktails, history and cool vibes.

One night after work, frazzled by deadlines that come faster each month, Joni Sweet (our associate editor) and I decided to detox at three carefully selected downtown bars.

Stop one was Mr. Purple in the Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side. This sleek, eclectically-designed bar/lounge on the 15th floor affords knock-your-socks-off views of Lower Manhattan’s skyline and refreshing cocktails (like the Elyx Cup).

From a skyline view to a subterranean speakeasy: Attaboy is one of those bars that is so cool that it has neither a phone number, website nor easy access: You get in by ringing a doorbell. Your barkeep will ask about your flavor preferences and then create the perfect cocktail.

Last stop: Pete’s Tavern and a slice of NYC history, where, in the second booth, O. Henry wrote his famed short story “The Gift of the Magi,” and where, serendipitously, Joni and I were seated to sip our Moscow Mules. What a perfect last chapter to our night!

Mr. Purple bar, New York City