145 E Houston St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.723107 -73.989763
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown, Bowery
Laid-Back Lounge in a Cool Setting – White Rabbit gets PACKED on the weekends. Crowds a plenty try to get drinks as people are elbowing their way up to the bar. Arrive early to enjoy some down time before the party gets started. Once it does, White Rabbit is a great place to lounge and enjoy drinks with friends.
Follow the White Rabbit – My boyfriend Alex & I go there for a calm laid back night out, when we just want to relax, listen to good music and have some stiff drinks. It's not much of a hook-up bar but the patrons are definately considerably friendlier, in an un-lewd way, than those at other bars in the L.E.S. The drinks are priced reasonably and they make a mean chocolate martini. It's always easy to get a couch for you and your sweetie and they never hassle u about bottle service. You cant go wrong with a place that plays reggaeton, Jay-Z, NIN and the theme song from Karate Kid Part 2 all in one night.
Not a bad Choice – Finally a place to chill with friends without overcrowding and loud music. Drinks are ok. Bartenders are friendly and nice. Definitely not a place where you can dance your alcohol off though.
interesting crowd – I went on the night of a Giant robot magazine release party, though if you were just there to hang out you wouldn't have known that there was one, because there were no obvious signs that anything was going on. Crowd was about half asian. The interesting thing about this bar was that some people were actually meeting each other. The atmosphere was slightly friendlier than the usual keep to yourselves and make eye contact with someone but don't dare talk to them routine. I'm not saying people were meeting each other left and right, but there was something a little more open-minded about this place. There seemed to be just a little more space to say something.
A slick, understated lounge scene on Houston. – The Scene
Somehow, city dirt never makes it into this immaculately clean-feeling bar. The blond floors, white walls and low-slung tables and chairs contribute to the thoroughly modern vibe. Couples and small groups perch on stools at the bar or sink into plentiful seating along the walls. A courteous barkeep keeps a vigilant watch over drinks, assuring you'll never be without one, and has Veuve Cliquot on hand for the late-night celebratory crowd.
With decor this minimal, one's eye naturally wanders to the drink list. Wander no further than the ginger spice martini, a mix of Stoli Ohranj, orange curacao with fresh lemon and ginger root for a tasty kick, or the tangy mojito, with a generous helping of fresh mint. With the exception of the summer rolls, the Asian and Latin-inspired tapas are skippable. The crab cakes taste of the can; the shrimp arrive limp.
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