Must-See Meatpacking District
by Jessica Allen, 01/08/2013
The Double Seven. Photo: Gregorio Homs
The Double Seven
63 Gansevoort St., 646-490-8925
55 Little W. 12th St., 212-675-6686
When it comes to nightlife, the Meatpacking District offers a variety of options. Clubs with bass so loud you can't tell where your heartbeat ends and the song begins? Definitely. Bars with sawdust on the floors, bras hanging from the ceiling and Pabst served super cold? Certainly. A lounge with lowlights and impossibly deep couches, where the music stays quiet and inventive cocktails come attentively mixed? Oh, yes. At The Double Seven, you can sip a Blackmail (honey, lime, cava, blackberry and white rum) or an Affinity (Scotch, cherry and Dolin vermouth, both rouge and dry), and then wonder from where you know that person sitting in the corner or passing by (think television or the big screen). For days or nights when nothing less than a bottle of Czechvar or a pint of Chimay will do, there's Brass Monkey, with its two brick-lined floors plus a roof deck. This friendly establishment serves more than 75 domestic and imported beers, along with burgers, jalapeño poppers and other bar favorites. Still not satisfied? Try Brass Monkey's Copper Room. This bar-within-a-bar likewise offers pub grub and good beer, with a side of history: reclaimed and repurposed materials at the just-opened spot include bits from the Coney Island Thunder Carousel and doors from the original Macy's showroom.