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On any given night you might hear an anthropologist talk about The Bachelor or witness grown-ups battle it out in a spelling bee.

21A Clinton St., New York, NY, 10002


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On any given night at Caveat, you might hear a Columbia University anthropologist talk about The Bachelor, watch a comedian like Aparna Nancherla in a live taping of the You’re the Expert podcast, or witness grown-ups battle it out in a spelling bee — all while sipping on a craft beer. Ben Lillie, a particle physicist and co-founder of science podcast The Story Collider, opened Caveat on the Lower East Side to pair drinking and thinking. Programming for the relaxed space — a roomy basement that seats 120 amid racks of wine bottles, bookcases, scientific posters tacked to the walls — ranges from comedy shows to a recurring and free happy hour called Pregame Your Brain.

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