The Art Bar
For anyone who grew up outside of New York – and spent their youth idealizing its culture – likely spent a good amount of time idealizing the bars, restaurants and coffee shops where this culture was born. Places where artists and musicians met to seek refuge from the hardships of the glamorous, unforgiving city, forming the breeding ground for its enchanting cultural mythology.
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In the West Village, the aptly named Art Bar offers a celebration of the artist culture so intrinsic to experiencing the downtown New York scene. While not an exclusive members-only place of the past, Art Bar is a bar that promotes art and artist culture as its main purpose, paying tribute to the role art has been playing in New York’s history and also opens its doors to out-of-towners looking to experience its cozy, aesthetically-minded hideaway.
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For over 20 years, residents and tourists alike have frequented the spot that—in addition to offering a rather lively front bar—boasts a particularly seductive backroom complete with a working fireplace, and rotating gallery exhibits from strictly local artists. Art Bar offers a daily happy hour alongside impressive seasonal specialty cocktails and a menu with significant vegetarian options. A digital jukebox with a wide selection and a late-night kitchen only boosts the appeal of this bar that successfully lives up to its name.