Parkside Lounge

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75 Solid

A once-sordid hellhole gets a gusty second wind.

317 E. Houston St., New York, NY, 10002


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The lowdown

The Lower East Side was once a place where expiring hipsters would quietly drink themselves to death in downtown’s last-ditch demimonde of derelict, drug-laden depravity. But this bustling neighborhood has seen a dramatic turnaround, and so has the Parkside’s once-sordid clientele. They keep the well drinks flowing, the classic rock blaring, and the billiard balls clanking in the bar’s otherwise sterile and faceless neon-lit front room. The revamped back room is reserved for performances and private events.

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!