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!