Holy crap. It's February already?
It seems like only yesterday that we were ringing in the new year, and now we're two months in? That's only 10 more months until next year! And 34 months until the next election-- um, never mind.
The brunt of winter is hitting New York City and we're all ducking into our favorite watering holes to warm up and chill down with our favorite cocktails.
But if you're looking to venture out and try something new for February (because why not?), we have just the spots for you to cure your winter blues.
Remember, you only have 28 days to hit these spots up... okay, they're not exactly going anywhere, but don't you appreciate the incentive to go drinking?
1. Pioneers Bar (138 W 29th Street)
What looks like a simple dive bar entry gives way to a sprawling and modern ski lodge, complete with animal heads handing on the bar's towering wooden rafters. Don't worry, though. They're just animal head art prints.
Among the plush couches and rustic decor, arcade games like Knockout, Skee Ball, Half Court Hoops and Beer Pong litter the spacious back area. And with daily happy hours from 1p.m. to 7p.m., it's the perfect spot to hang with the gang after work or sneak a sip on a late lunch break.
2. The Rosemont (63 Montrose Avenue - Brooklyn)
Tucked away on a quiet street at the edge of Williamsburg sits The Rosemont, an intimate and cozy jazz club turned modern day speakeasy. There's something going on just about every night of the week, such as local artist reviews, live music, pumping parties and drag shows.
Chic leather banquettes and tables lead into the main stage area with full projection screen for viewing parties and and open air back patio area allows for even more room when you want a blast of the cool Brooklyn air. It's definitely the borough's newest hidden gem.
3. Black Door (127 West 26th Street)
Just a stone's throw out of midtown, this old school lounge brings class and sass back to northern Chelsea. The Black Door, modeled after the classic pubs of old New York, boats flair and fun, as it's become a happening after-work spot for the 9-to-5 crowd.
Nestle up with a date in one of the side corner booths or claim the back area for you and your crew. And if you're getting hungry, worry not. The bar allows you to order food and have it delivered to you right there as you sip. We'll drink to that!
4. Bungalo Lounge (32-03 Broadway - Queens)
This sleek and zen Astoria hotspot is making waves in the neighborhood with both its drinks and its vibe. This Buddha-themed bar pulls out all the stops for its mixed crowd, like a innovative list of specialty cocktails, small plates for light bites and a live DJ for dance parties on the weekends.
Take a sip on their Lavender Gin & Tonic, which uses uses lavender-infused London Dry Gin, or their Enchanted Smoke with Silver Mezcal and Elderflower Liqueur. When the munchies hit, try their sensational signature mac n' cheese, with three cheese blended spices.
5. Playroom Lounge (3964 10th Avenue)
Take it way uptown to Inwood for a night out at Playroom, a veritable journey of the senses as you wander through the flashing lights and pumping music of the live DJ. The uptown locals really know how to get down, especially come the weekends.The venue can easily play host to slew of events, from birthday parties to bachelor and bachelorette blowouts. But if you just want a spot that sports stiff drinks, great music and a dance floor that won't quit, hop on the A train and light up the night.
[Feature Image Courtesy Bungalo Astoria]