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Happiest Hours
For every occasion there is a bar. The only question is: Who's buying?

BY MICHAEL MALONE
Church Lounge: Great people-watching at the Tribeca Grand.

THE DRINK YOUR EXPENSE ACCOUNT OR MINE
By Yourself Drop anchor in a window seat at West (425 West Street) — Jersey City never looked better. Or plant yourself at the quadrangular bar and chat up a bartender without getting hit on. Fiddlesticks (56 Greenwich Avenue) has numerous nooks where you can grab a table and read a book without being interrupted — except when one of the great-looking bartenders pulls you a pint.
On a Date East Village hideaway Angel's Share (8 Stuyvesant Street, second floor) vibes clandestine romance. Take your date to the bar's even more covert curtained-off room. A neighborhood hangout that warmly welcomes nonregulars, Fish Bar (237 East 5th Street) is the perfect place for putting a nightcap on a promising date.
Best Bartenders Dressed more like Savile Row salesmen than mixologists, the bartenders at Town, inside the Chambers Hotel (15 West 56th Street) are engaging and attentive, with cute Euro accents to boot. Sometimes you do wanna go where everybody knows your name. Or if not everyone, at least the bartender. And if not your name, at least your drink. Thirsty Scholar (155 Second Avenue).
After Work Drink Guastavino's (409 East 59th Street), nestled under the Queensboro Bridge, is a marvel of craftsmanship, from the manicured lawns that front the place to the vaulted 40-foot ceilings. The least-Disneyfied spot in all of Times Square, Jimmy's Corner (140 West 44th Street) is strictly old school. The walls are covered with vintage fight posters — and vintage cigarette smoke.
People-Watching The sheer physical beauty of the Church Lounge, inside the Tribeca Grand Hotel (2 Sixth Avenue), is surpassed only by that of its patrons. If only real church was this much fun. Long before Coyote Ugly was a bar or a movie, there were girls dancing on the the bar at the Village Idiot (355 West 14th Street), and owner Tom arm-wrestled besotted customers for drinks.
Photograph courtesy of the Church Lounge. 
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