Sun-Wed, 5pm-1am; Thu, 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat, 5pm-4am
5pm-10pm; $5 well drinks, wine, bloody marys, lychee martinis and sangria, $3 Yuengling
F at Delancey St.; J, M, Z at Essex St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Named for the French symbolist poète maudit Paul Verlaine (who imbibed copiously, cavorted with prostitutes and diddled fellow poète maudit Arthur Rimbaud), this dimly lit Lower East Side lounge is markedly absent of decadence and depravity. With high ceilings and a sleek, minimalist décor of tastefully lined black banquettes and petite candles, Verlaine is perfect for a tête-à-tête. The room comes alive on most nights with a less ostentatious breed of LES hipster quaffing Vietnamese-themed cocktails exoticized with lychees, loquats and sake. A light snack menu of Vietnamese-inspired snack food is also available.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.