589 Vanderbilt Ave., nr. Dean St., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; no phone
As long as Sasha Petraske's Milk & Honey stays a nightlife staple, any new venture he's associated with will garner buzz. Weather Up—which features Petraske-trained bartenders, but is owned by Kathryn Weatherup—deserves it. A concise menu of eleven classic drinks (including a Brooklyn, a Presbyterian, a Honeysuckle, and a Bee's Knees) go down easy in a dark, well-manicured cocktail-lounge setting.
427 Seventh Ave., nr. 14th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-965-1196
Owner Justin Philips, a former beer importer, goes for quality over quantity on his drink list, meaning any of the three specialty drafts (rotated almost daily) will be a wise choice. The hushed lighting from the canning-jar lanterns will convince you to stick around and try the other two.
Le Cirque Bar
151 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-644-0202
As our friends at Grub Street report, the fine-dining bastion Le Cirque is, believe it or not, on the wine-bar bandwagon. Owner Sirio Maccioni says the lounge is "a more casual side of Le Cirque, where no jackets are required." Check out the wine tower, 20,000 strong, at left.
413 E. 12th St., nr. First Ave.; 646-602-1300
Terroir, from the folks behind Hearth and Insieme, is one of the more buzzed-about new wine bars surfing the trend. Partially because Grub Street's doing the buzzing: We've shown you first-look photos, revealing video, and, yes, the wine list. Now we suggest you just go.
1626 Second Ave., nr. 84th St.; 212-288-5203
Another wine bar, yes, but this one has a cutesy side: From 10 a.m. until the sun goes down, Cafe Notte is a charming neighborhood coffee shop. When the music goes up, the brick walls and hanging chandeliers make any thought of blocked writers and stroller surfing but a distant memory.
530 W. 28th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-629-9000
This bi-level venue opened in the former Crobar, an outpost of a Miami megaclub of the same name. With an occupancy of 2,120, the space has gotten plenty of attention already, as places with female-only pleasure rooms dubbed the Cougar tend to.
547 W. 27th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-268-5105
Another well-publicized opening, appropriately just down the street from Mansion. It's the city's first bottle-service club specializing in sake, and it features not only a Madame Butterfly cocktail, but a Geisha one as well. The X-rated fortune cookies are free.