Bar Hopping Holidays: East Village

Staying put is highly overrated--especially in New York, a metropolis so compact its design doesn't just accommodate bar hopping, but begs you to bounce around. An East Village adventure like the one we've mapped out lets you skip from place to place, hitting up multiple nightlife spots in just the right order. So go forth with your friends and pay tribute to each of these five bars with a hello, a toast and a boozy good-bye.

Updated: March 01, 2009

Bounce Around Town

Lakeside Lounge

162 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

STOP 3: If there's not a live performance by an up-and-coming band on the night you go, there's a jukebox on-premises for entertainment. The decor, decidedly hillbilly kitsch, is also amusing. Get some drinks, seat yourself at a rickety table and, once drunk enough, be sure to document your stay by having your picture snapped in the photo booth for a mere two bucks.

Blanche's Tavern

135 Ave A, New York, NY 10009

STOP 2: This bar, the doyenne of downtrodden dives, is the perfect change of pace from speakeasy quietude. Pick up the pace with a shot of whiskey and a game of pool or a turn at a video game. This is where you can transform mild inebriation into a full-on buzz.

Bourgeois Pig Cafe

111 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

STOP 1: Lay the foundation for a night of debauchery here, in this bar's bordello-like elegance. The music is soulful and the mood is sultry. You'll feel comfy cradled in a large armchair, drenched in red lighting, while you sip decadent, full-bodied wines at affordable prices.

Sing Sing Karaoke

81 Ave A, New York, NY 10003

STOP 4: Inspired by the live music (or your jukebox selection) at Lakeside, hit up this karaoke bar, where you can take the stage yourself. Don't worry if your vocal prowess is lacking; whatever amount of glass you shatter with your singing, you'll be sloshed enough that it won't matter (to you, at least).


113 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

STOP 5: Your throat may be sore by the time things wind down post-karaoke, but a nightcap is always in order. A reservation will secure you a spot at this hidden cocktail den, but even if you go and don't get in, the adjacent hot dog vendor promises greasy late-night grub, and you can open your 40-ounce nightcap at home instead.