As a life-long Manhattanite, you would think I would be able to answer my own question, but I am stumped. I am organizing an early Friday night out for a group of college friends. We are looking for great drinks, maybe appetizers, in a festive, lively atmosphere. As a mentioned, we are all around 30, so not looking for NYU-like scene. Location is not important. Neither is price (within reason). Thanks everyone!