Sofar City Secrets: Lower East Side Guide

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You can always count on Sofar Sounds to bring the magic back to any live music experience, but we decided to take it a step further by helping you plan the rest of your epic Sofar evening as well! We asked Sofar NYC Ambassadors to share their favorite spots for food, drinks and of course, dancing, so you can plan your whole evening in the Lower East Side.

We know that you come to Sofar for so much more than just the music…so don’t be afraid to invite a new friend out to join you after the show!

Before the Magic

Kiki’s

Sofar Says: “By far some of the best Greek cuisine outside of Greece. (Only know this because the Greek boyfriend, fellow Sofar ambassador Christian Trapp, approved it.) Very inconspicuous with little to no signage and a very trendy, sensual vibe. You can’t go wrong with some zucchini chips and octopus before a Sofar show.” - Annalisa Buehler, Show Lead & MC

Before the next LES Sofar show, grab a bite at this casual, somewhat under-the-radar restaurant that offers authentic and “straightforward” Greek grub and has been lauded by reputable sources such as the New York TimesNew York magazine and… well, Yelp. Opa!

130 Division Street 

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Ten Bells 

Sofar Says: “Ten Bells, the coolest little wine bar in the LES. The French bartenders will help you choose the perfect wine for your palate (along with some tapas). Perfect date spot for a little bite and a heavy pour of wine. Dimly lit, sensual, and cozy vibe.” - Christian Trapp, Show Lead & MC

Start your Sofar evening off right at this sleek and chic spot offering a bevy of natural wines and tapas including ranging from mac and cheese to pickled mango salad. Oenophiles are sure to be impressed by the extensive wine list, while everyone will appreciate the happy hour: $15 carafes and $1 oysters, from opening ‘til 7 p.m.

247 Broome Street

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After the Magic

Verlaine

Sofar Says: “BEST martinis. The Lychee Martini brings people in, but the atmosphere makes you want to stay all night. The loud music and comfy couches make you lose sense of time, and stepping into it is like stepping into another world. It’s all the good parts of a nightclub with the addition of a delicious assortment of tapas.”  - Justine Diaz, Artist Liaison

Looking for late-night bites or a sexy space to get to know that babe you just met at, say, a Sofar show? Look no further than this intimate space with cocktails, Southeast Asian fare and some seriously good mood lighting.

110 Rivington Street

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Home Sweet Home

Sofar Says: “Who doesn’t want to dance to old school music in a cave/underground room? Amazing dance floor and everyone actually dances. Cool and homey vibe.” - Annalisa Buehler, Show Lead & MC

Descend into this dimly lit “taxidermy-friendly subterranean dance party watering hole” to enjoy late-night drinks and dancing in the company of stuffed critters. One of New York’s semi-hidden gems, Home Sweet Home is a drinkery adorned with the kind of antiques and weird conversation-sparking knick-knacks you’d likely find in the living room of your quirky great aunt – but with a disco ball and, we’d wager, a far better-stocked bar.

131 Chrystie Street

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