Bar in Upper West Side & Central Park

This buzzing drinking den features a live band every night on the front-room stage, though decibel levels are low enough that your ears won't bleed. The back room is band-free (though it's piped in via CCTV); for those who prefer a little action, there's a billiard table.

Red walls and refreshing seasonal cocktails ($13 to $16) add a little flair, and the mini cheeseburgers (from $12) are a perfect bar snack.