Nerd York City: A Geek's Guide to Gotham
by Adam Kuban, 04/09/2013
Barcade. Photo: Scott Beard
Wait, nerds drink? You betcha, especially at places like the East Village's Booker & Dax, where liquid nitrogen is used to chill glasses, or a 1,500°F device called the Red Hot Poker heats hot cocktails. Or try Brooklyn's Barcade, which is just what you think it is—a bar with classic arcade games, most of which are a quarter a play. A few blocks from Barcade is Skee-Ball–themed Full Circle Bar, national home of "Brewskee-Ball." (See also: NYC bars with games.) For tech-sector professionals seeking higher stakes, NoHo's low-key Tom & Jerry's, with its free wifi and library of take-out menus, is popular with start-up founders and venture capitalists alike. Serious cocktail nerds head to the East Village's Death & Co. or newcomer Pouring Ribbons, whose bartenders' meticulous craft appeals to geeks' appreciation for detail. Back across the river in Brooklyn, Whovians will appreciate The Way Station, a Doctor Who–themed bar complete with TARDIS bathroom—on the cocktail menu? Sonic Screwdrivers, of course. If none of that made sense to you, it might be time to brush up on trivia and pop-culture knowledge at The Bell House, home to newish NPR quiz show Ask Me Another as well as The Moth Storyslam, and a venue favored by geek-beloved stand-up comics, personalities and indie musicians (John Hodgman, Eugene Mirman and Jonathan Coulton, among others).