Although we may be tethered to Tinder, we’ve got more brick-and-mortar love shacks to choose from than in those halcyon days of newspaper columns and whatever made Big so rich.These are the best lounges, dives, and neighborhood gems for single folks to get out there and meet cute. One of the last true dives in chichi Nolita, Botanica is a workhorse in the downtown nightlife scene.(Alternatively, it’s a good backup for when you’ve burned through everyone in your own borough.) Sunday night trivia, Once an overflow room for ‘burg staples like Union Pool and The Commodore, Rocka Rolla is still the neighborhood’s premier destination for sloppy seconds.
Others are downright trendy; celebrities, dignitaries, and businesspeople converge at summer hot spot 360istanbul in the middle of the Bosporus.
If you can’t snag a high roller here, at least snap a profile pic with the bar’s ceramic big cat. with locals looking for a good time in their own backyard. This sports bar-meets-beer garden has more than 20 rotating beers on tap and no fewer than three spots to aim for the fences. The Patient Zero of early-aughts NYC hookup bars, Union Pool’s meds are working, but the spot is still a petri dish for all strains of singles.
A crowded backyard, tight bar area, and tighter photo booths are all prime for mingling fluids -- plus there’s a taco truck! On the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ll find the No Mad: A refined classic Manhattan barroom throwback perfect for meeting your first husband or second wife.