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Only 2 nights in NYC after a long time away-- where to drink cheaply?

Dotyparx | Sep 24, 201311:48 AM

I lived in New York City from 1995 to 2004 and am taking my first semi-extended trip back there since I left in 2004. I have exactly two nights to spend there and would love to hit up 3 or 4 bars. Most of my old favorites are long closed. My boyfriend and I are staying at a hotel in the outer boroughs and plan to devote most of our browsing to East Village/West Village, though we may hit some other parts of the city as well. I'm far from a drink snob and would love to find something that isn't too ridiculously spendy or scenester-y (don't want to wait in long lines just to get a drink; don't want to have to get all gussied up in formal wear, but any place that would welcome a low-key woman in a dress and combat boots would be okay. Any suggestions? I was looking through some other threads on this topic, but most seem quite out of date.

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