Manhattan – Harlem
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. (Seventh Ave.) (bet. 133rd and 134th Sts.)
Playfully adapting a sign left over from previous tenants (the Black United Foundation), the Shrine deems itself a "Black United Fun Plaza." True enough. The interior is tricked out with African art and vintage album covers (the actual vinyl adorns the ceiling). Harlemites and downtowners pack the Shrine for nightly concerts, which might feature indie rock, jazz, reggae or DJ sets. The cocktail menu aspires to similar diversity: Drinks range from a smooth mango mojito to signature tipples like a snappy Afro Trip (a lime and ginger concoction enhanced by Jamaican or Brazilian rum), and a sweet vodka-and-Bailey's-driven Muslim Jew.
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