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24 Ninth Ave., nr. W. 13th St. (Meatpacking District)
New York, NY
(1) 212-242-8642 | www.arawinebar.com
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 5:00pm-2:00am; Sat.-Sun.: 6:00pm-2:00am
PRICE (WINE (GLASS); COCKTAILS)USD 10-18; USD 12-14
SIGNATURE DRINKWine; stylish cocktails
BARYes - intimate, L-shaped bar
FOOD SERVED?Yes - Mediterranean light bites
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - for groups of up to 35
SUBWAY14th St.-8th Ave. (A, C, E, L)
This cozy, relaxed wine bar was started by a trio of sophisticated, globetrotting siblings, and it shows. The warm, eclectic décor tastefully pulls together influences from far-flung locales like India and Morocco and the wine list is equally worldly. It’s the perfect spot to sink in among the overstuffed cushions with a glass of one of the interesting vintages and give yourself over to a long conversation with a friend or one of the friendly regulars.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Our favorite jeans, flats, and an indie-cool top.
GO HERE WITH
Close friends - for a long catch-up session; a date; family; yourself
It’s a laidback mix of neighborhood locals and wine drinkers looking for a low-key drink and some conversation. It’s also a really popular spot with daters.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Thankfully, the cosmopolitan vibes skip out on “better traveled than thou” pretentions for convivial “make yourself at home” familiarity. It’s a gloriously chilled-out haven in the velvet-roped, DJ-spinning craziness that is the Meatpacking District. We like how they have a great selection of mid-range wines, too. Perfect for a laidback evening of sipping and chatting into the wee hours.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
GOOD TO KNOW
There’s a 20% service charge for parties of six or more. Ara is also available for hire for parties of up to 70.
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