202 Mott St.; 212-625-1105
Inspired by South African speakeasies, Shebeen is a dim Nolita bar with creative, tasty cocktails and low candlelit tables. Its real appeal, though, lies behind a frosted-glass door at the end of the bar. The de facto smoking room resembles an industrial bunker with its metal walls and large hooded vent, which effectively sucks smoke from the room. Lest smokers feel left out, the bar’s music is piped in—but its beer is not. Patrons are free to come and go, drinks from the bar in hand. Look closely and you’ll see a no smoking sign so small you could almost miss it.