128 W Houston St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.727697 -74.001358
Neighborhoods: SoHo, Downtown
Houston's Best Bar! – I love Cayenne Lounge (the new x r bar). Since it has been under new management I can see a big difference. First off, they remodeled the place and updated their equipment. The vibe is much more sexy and warm now. They even build a DJ booth which gets the place packed on the weekends. They really have converted this place to what it should have been years ago! I am loving it and plan to bring my friends here. Good Job.. Keep it up! :)
Horrible bartender – This could be a nice place but was ruined by the horrible behavior of the bartender. We had a group of about 15 with only 5 other people in the bar on a Tuesday after work. You would think a bar would appreciate this business in a recession, but the bartender seemed upset that we were there. She turned up the music so loud that we could not carry on conversations and refused to turn it down after being asked by several people. Then she even turned it up louder just to spite us.
Situated between NYU and Soho, this casual bar attracts mostly locals and some drifting shoppers, too. – In Short
Located near a neighborhood overpopulated with tourists and shoppers, this bar finds its niche among its pricier nearby competitors as an affordable outlet that's rarely crowded. Its shabby-not-entirely-chic vibe (there's a rather mediocre paint job on the brick exterior) could feel out of place, even on Houston Street, but the staff is warm and attentive. Plus, the cushioned seats along the front windows are quite comfortable, providing reason to withdraw into the dark interior with a cheap beer. Locals patronize the joint for an easy drink with friends, and live music acts draw additional fans.
Hits: In warmer months, the tall front windows are kept open, providing prime people-watching territory.
Misses: It doesn't quite establish itself as a regular bar, or a downtrodden dive, thus failing to capitalize on the crowds it otherwise might.
Bartender Saved the Day – My friend and I were enjoying a couple of drinks in a very relaxing atmosphere, excellent service, good music. The part that impressed us the most was the service. We didn't even notice that her bag was stolen. Thankfully, the bartender did and he leapt over the counter and chased the guy down the street until he caught him! We didn't even realize the bag was missing until he walked back in with it. This alone is a reason for us to come back... but if you need another reason, the drinks were excellent too.
Great bar – I go to the XR every Wednesday night and really enjoy it. It is a very layed back place with dogs and cats that are hanging out with their owners. Germany beers on tap, too.
R & R – If you want a real drink cme here. Most of the bartenders are females and know how to pour 'em. The decor is not the greatest, but I've seen worst. It's a good spot if you and a couple friends want to chill out, throw back a few and not have to worry about what your wearing.
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