Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Upper West Side

by Alyssa Grossman, 10/08/2013

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  • Nightlife
    Once you've finished dinner and dessert, the neighborhood's nightlife beckons with plenty of ways to relax. The Dead Poet's habit of naming cocktails after literary icons may seem pretentious, but rest assured that the drinks pack a serious punch. In addition to the Edgar Allan Poe and the Robert Frost, there's the Dead Poet cocktail, a secret recipe of seven liquors. 78 Below—which is part eatery, part bar and part live-music venue—is proud to be a multi-faceted nightlife destination, declaring on its website, "Whatever you want to call us is fine." Happy hour open-mic sessions and guest bands throughout the week are standard at this downstairs space on Columbus Avenue, which features pool, a lounge area and a separate section for performances. Indeed, New Yorkers are famous for using every inch of space, and The Boat Basin Café—an open-air bar under a traffic circle—certainly shows why. Located on the Hudson River at West 79th Street, the café is open (weather permitting) from late March to the end of October. On warm afternoons and nights, groups of friends crowd in on plastic chairs pulled up to checkered tablecloths to drink beer, wine and cocktails. 

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