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Standard Bar and Listening Room

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158 First Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.72854 -73.98457
between 9th and 10th Sts.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-387-0239 Send to Phone

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A testament to minimalism, this tiny cocktail lounge houses nothing more than a few vinyl and steel stools, one black nylon couch and some dual-purpose cocktail tables-cum-stools. But what makes Standard special are the subtler details. The cream-colored felt that covers the walls is lit from behind, giving the space a sumptuously tactile warmth. Bright red shelves are lined with liquor bottles that reflect dazzlingly against the glossy brown bar. It doesn't hurt either, that the drinks won't drain your wallet and the clientele is a refreshing blend of artistes and artisans. The only drawbacks to this fine little pleasure? The bumps and bruises obtained on a trip to the cramped bathroom. T Sahara Coen