There is such a thing as a good deal in New York City and I am almost hate to share it with the masses. But I guess I am not letting too big a secret out, as this was voted best cocktails by an AOL poll. Blue Owl, a cavernous, romantically dark hotspot has $5 drinks (originally $12) until 8pm. The selection is varied and intriguing.
Astrid and I sampled the gin concoctions: The Blue Owl, Ellison Cocktail, and The Vesper. All were quite good, the first two were tart and sweet, while the later was subtler mix. The crowd can vary, like any place, depending upon when you get there.
Earlier in the evening, while we were there, I was privy to some hilarious conversations among actors, so my initial instinct says this is not a place to pick someone up. It's a fine place for conversation, though, and lately that can be hard to come by if you also want a swanky feel like that of the Blue Owl.