Mon-Thu, 8am-2am; Fri, 8am-4am; Sat, 10am-4am; Sun, 10am-2am
A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
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This intimate but airy gem is a café by day and a candlelit beer and wine bar at night. Aside from some low-key local regulars, V Bar provides refuge to bespectacled NYU grad kids just looking for a subtle Pinot Noir to compliment their budding professorial beards and the stray tourist who just hit the chess shops on Thompson (the bar has a house board if you're inclined to play). Chalkboards display a rotating selection of over 25 vinos by the glass and sippers at the rustic, flower-decorated bar can be overheard expounding Sideways-style on what hard-nosed writer Nick Tosches calls “rancid grape juice.” Oenophobes can choose from among 40 reasonably priced beers, including an excellent selection of Belgians.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.