It sometimes feels like the subtle art of the random bar hook-up has fallen by the wayside in the Age of Tinder, which is pretty much just a bar on the Internet without the fun and the booze. Here are our hookups in the city, and note that no, it is nyc a coincidence that most of these are in Murray Hill, the East Village, or Williamsburg, now the Murray Hill of Brooklyn.
May the L train have mercy on our souls. It's hard to know exactly what makes this place such a draw for singles—is it the taco truck? The heat lamps on the outdoor patio? The long lines for the private bathrooms that everyone's having coked-up sex inside?
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The ghosts of the koi ponds? Whatever the aphrodisiac, a night out here is guaranteed to get weird, like a strange man biting you on the hookup weird, and if you will it, you will get laid. Bring some friends, nyc there is safety in s here. Indeed it was a hook-up spot then, and it's a hook-up spot now, with DJs playing sexy soul music and New Order to a dance floor packed hip-to-hip with gyrating humans as taxidermy animals watch from their respective wall perches.
Just remember, if and when you do choose to hookup around with an Italian stranger you meet during "Bizarre Love Triangle," that Delancey Street is in fact a very visible spot, and you will feel deep shame when you walk by it as a full-grown adult person. It's nyc to note that The 13th Step is terribleand that a night here will force you to spend time in a sea of something finance folk, fraternity brothers, and recent college graduates, all of whom will scream in your ear and slosh Yuengling pitchers nyc your shoes.
The 13th Step is located at 2nd Avenue hookup 9th and 10th Streets in the East Villagenycbestbar.
Indeed, the spacious Williamsburg venue looks more like a European hostel than a nyc, with lounge areas, TVs, and a game room for the young at heart. During the day, visitors will hookup both diners and laptoppers taking advantage of the free WiFi; at night, the communal vibe creates an ideal setting for mackin on strangers. During the rooftop months, head outside to the terrace to break the ice with cornhole and ping-pong.
Roxie Pell. Freehold is located at 45 South 3rd Street in Williamsburg, Brooklynfreeholdbrooklyn. If that's your hookup and you're single, you're in luck, because this crew is looking for nyc, provided that luuuuuuurve is of the one-night variety—plus they've got a pretty sweet '80s playlist running here, so even if you don't get lucky, you at least get to listen to some good tunes.
Joshua Nyc is located at 3rd Avenue hookup 34th and 35th Streets in Murray Hilljoshuatreebar. Though I'm convinced the frequent live bluegrass music is TOO LOUD, thereby making it nearly nyc to speak to other humans, perhaps that's how the juices get flowing here—less talking, more dancing.
After a few frozen bourbon-spiked coffee drinks and bourbon ice teas, you and your paramour will be down to "get out of [t]here" and find a more private place to Niagara is owned by an invisible supergroup fronted by turnup gatekeeper Johnny T and musician Jesse Malin, whose professed nostalgia for Old New York unfortunately leaves no mark on the neon interior. For the thirsty, a dance floor at the back can be hit-or-miss depending on the vibe, but on weekends the main bar area is reliably packed.
Niagara is located at Avenue A at St. Marks Place in the East Villageniagaranyc. Enter Black Rabbit, a generally spectacular drinking hole that happens to be a great pick-up spot for adults. On a weekend night, the 2-floor nyc is packed with youths hookup getting their start in the Big Apple.
Upstairs, a DJ spins slick second samples of Top 40 hits to a dance floor underpopulated by self-conscious bump-n-grinders. Turtle Bay is located at 2nd Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets in Midtown Eastturtlebaynyc.
Now, the Levee's just a good place to take a whiskey shot and make out with a hipster, activities preferably punctuated with handfuls of free cheese balls faux cheese breath is sexy, right? Hot dudes aside, the Levee's got Big Buck Hunter, a dirty unisex bathroom hello and the aforementioned hookup nyc, so there's plenty to enjoy even if you're not getting laid.
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A guide to nyc’s sexiest hookup spots
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