Mon-Thu, 4:30pm-3am; Fri, 4:30pm-4am; Sat, 6pm-4am; Sun, closed
6 at 23rd St.; N, R, W at 23rd St.; 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W at 14th St.-Union Sq.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The phrase first-name basis applies to the relationship between barkeeps and regulars at most of the spots on this list, but No Idea actually makes a game of it. Every day, the management honors a different first name, and if your driver's license matches up, you drink free. This ritual provides a bonding moment for all of the young professional Amys and Justins who frequent No Idea—business consultants at Arthur Andersen, Web-page builders at Poppe Tyson, clerks at Paragon Sporting Goods, and editors at Parents magazine. Even if it's not your name day, you'll stay amused with games in the slightly hidden pool room, trips to the jukebox, and rounds of cheap drinks.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.