205 E. 4th St, nr. Ave. B; 212-979-0900
At this unabashedly bookish East Village bar, opened on New Year’s Eve by the great-grandnephew of Oscar Wilde, no less, drinkers can unleash their inner English majors under the watchful portraits of famous scribes from Milton to Miller. (If you can name fifteen of those writers, your drink is on the house.) The theme continues from the house beer, Dorian Gray Amber ($5), to the Paradise Lost–papered bathroom.