Fall Openings


Fall Openings

We're back with our monthly series, showcasing new nightlife venues opening across New York City.

Football, foliage, whiskey, and beer. That's what fall does.

As always, these three spots are TAABS tested, TAABS approved.


Genuine Liquorette

191 Grand St in Little Italy

Insider Notes:

  • Liquor store / DIY bar beneath Genuine Superette
  • Choose your spirits and mixers and either make the drink yourself or have the bartenders do it for you - priced by the ounce
  • Cocktails served with a unique device called the "Cha-Chunker" which makes it easy to mix alcohol into a canned beverage like soda or pineapple juice
  • Small beer and wine selection
  • Opened September 2015

(Cocktail Bar) (Cool) (Friendly)

(Subterranean) (Bar Food)

(Cocktails) (Mixology) (Margaritas)

(Mojitos) (Bloody Marys)

Kimoto Rooftop & Beer Garden

216 Duffield St in Downtown Brooklyn

Insider Notes:

  • Above the Sheraton and Aloft Hotels
  • Indoor / outdoor space with 110 seats on the outdoor terrace and 115 seats indoors
  • Great views of Brooklyn skyline
  • Light wood designs among foliage lends a refreshing zen
  • Manhattan prices
  • American comfort food through an Asian lens
  • Japanese Whiskey
  • 3 beers on tap
  • Interesting selection of 15 Japanese beers by the bottle
  • Opened September 2015

(Hotel Bar) (Cocktail Bar) (Beer Garden)

(Rooftop) (Outdoor Space)

(Good For Groups) (Trendy) (Intimate)

(Good Date Spot) (Spacious) (Sake)

(Small Plates) (Asian Fusion) (Cocktails)

(Mezcal) (Good Whiskey Selection) (DJ) 

(Private Party Space) (Takes Reservations)

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19 Wyckoff Ave in Bushwick

Insider Notes:

  • Right off the Jefferson stop on the L train
  • High ceilings, open garage windows facing the sidewalk
  • Food served till 3:30am
  • $10 cocktails
  • Small but effective beer & wine selections
  • From the guys behind Mother's Ruin
  • Opened September 2015

(Cocktail Bar) (Restaurant & Bar)

(Outdoor Space) (Cool) (Spacious)

(Relaxed) (Full Menu) (Small Plates)

(Late Night) (Latin Cuisine) (Cocktails)

(Background Music) (Exposed Brick)


Places to Go This Month


Places to Go This Month

Drink away that post Labor Day hangover. Here are some of the spots we like for the start of the fall season. For more, use TAABS to find whatever it is you're looking for.



190 Allen St at the Sixty LES Hotel

Insider Notes:

  • 7th floor of the Sixty LES Hotel
  • Pop-up Hawaiian-themed tiki bar w/ retractable glass roof
  • Open till the end of September
  • Palm-printed sofas
  • Food supplied by Blue Ribbon
  • Strong $15 cocktails
  • Late night DJs
  • Nice bathrooms
  • Opened August 2015

(Hotel Bar) (Cocktail Bar) (Relaxed)

(After Work) (Outdoor Space)

(Rooftop) (Seating Area) (Small Plates)

(Cocktails) (Mixology) (DJ) (Coat Check)

Pera Soho

54 Thompson St, between Spring & Broome

Insider Notes:

  • Panoramic views from the SkyDeck
  • Indoor space offers different rooms for private dining
  • Ground level outdoor dining garden equipt with greenery and umbrellas covering wooden tables
  • Great Daily Happy Hour 3pm-7pm with $6 cocktails and mezes
  • $14 cocktails when it's not happy hour
  • Small beer and wine selection
  • Sister restaurant of Pera Mediterranean Brasserie in Midtown

(Restaurant & Bar) (Rooftop) (Outdoor Space)

(Good For Groups) (Seating Area) (Margaritas)

(Happy Hour) (Full Menu) (Small Plates) (Martinis)

(Brunch) (Mediterranean Cuisine) (Cocktails)

(Private Party Space) (Takes Reservations)


312 Grand St, off Havemeyer in Williamsburg


Insider Notes:

  • Long 50-foot mahogany bar
  • Unpretentious game-watching atmosphere attracts an older regular crowd
  • Bar fills up late night with young crowd
  • 22 beers on tap
  • Great wings
  • 12 HD TVs

(Sports Bar) (After Hours) (Loud)

(Outdoor Space) (Good For Groups)

(Neighborhood Bar) (Crowded) (Young Crowd)

(Hipster) (Bar Food) (Brunch) (Good Beer Selection)

(Background Music) (Fireplace) (TV) (Exposed Brick)


Unhelpful Yelp Reviews


Unhelpful Yelp Reviews

If you've used Yelp, you know that not every review can be trusted. Sure studies show that 20-30% of Yelp reviews are completely fake - written by venue owners and outsourced freelancers in the Philippines for $1 a pop. But we wont go there...

The majority of Yelp reviews are prooobably written by real people, but who are these people? Yelp themselves once said that less than 10% of users actually write reviews. Can these people be trusted?

Obviously we're a little biased against Yelp, but remember - we've been through every nightlife venue in New York City ourselves. We've seen it all. Our only goal is to provide impartial, relevant information to help you answer the question, "Where should we go tonight?"

Now on to the good stuff. Welcome to our newest monthly series - Unhelpful Reviews From Sometimes Real People.




August Monthly Openings

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August Monthly Openings

Part of our motivation for creating TAABS is to help you find cool new places to go that you didn't know existed. That's why as a monthly series, we showcase new nightlife venues that open each month across New York City.

You know all those people who say, "Summer's almost over, better make the most of it!" That's like saying, "Looks like someone's got a case of the Mondays." I fucking hate that. It's 85 degrees out there with no end in sight. Relax and enjoy the rest of the summer on your own terms.

There were a lot of new openings in July and members of our street team had a busy month, researching all of the delicious cocktails and relaxing outdoor spaces. Here are some of our favorites - TAABS tested, TAABS approved.


Mother of Pearl

95 Ave A, off 6th St - East Village

Insider Notes:

  • Tiki bar with a hawaiian vibe
  • Try the Shark Eye or Mexican Summer cocktail - both strong and delicious
  • Small beer & wine selection
  • Run by Jane Danger and Ravi DeRossi
  • Opened July 2015, replacing Gin Palace

(Restaurant & Bar) (Cocktail Bar)

(Sophisticated) (Small Plates) 

(Full Menu) (Asian Fusion)

(Seafood) (Cocktails)


Our Wicked Lady

153 Morgan Ave - Bushwick

Insider Notes:

  • Self-proclaimed "bar and performance space...for artists and musicians"
  • Industrial art and music studio in a re-purposed warehouse with steel pipes over white-washed brick and reclaimed wood tables
  • The rooftop just opened - 1,600 square feet with a bar and live music - may be the first rooftop bar in Bushwick
  • Opened July 2015
  • Opens at 6pm, 7 days a week.

(Rooftop) (Hipster) (Outdoor Space)

(Good For Groups) (Casual) (Cocktails)

(Live Music) (Art Gallery) (Exposed Brick)


Bar Goto

245 Eldridge St - Lower East Side

  • Beautifully hand-crafted Japanese-inspired cocktails
  • Knowledgeable bartenders can answer any question
  • Dressed in golds and woods over a tiled floor
  • Lights dim to a orange glow in the evening for a romantic date spot
  • Opened July 2015

(Cocktail Bar) (After Work) (Intimate)

(Good Date Spot) (Singles Scene)

(Seating Area) (Dimly Lit) (Cozy)

(Romantic) (Relaxed) (Small) (Trendy)

(Sophisticated) (Pricey) (Small Plates)

(Cocktails) (Mixology)



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