The Lower East Side is a highly sought out neighborhood for its unique and lively nightlife, variety of bars and live music venues. The Lower East Side is a true embodiment of NYC’s slogan “New York is a city that never sleeps”.
The Lower East Side, also often referred to as L.E.S. , is known as the go-to spot for afternoon drinks, bars and restaurants with great atmosphere. The small streets and narrow pathways make it a great place to go to if you’re going on a night out, due to its small spacing people tend to meet each other easily and the bars and restaurants tend to be full. The overall atmosphere of the Lower East Side is often seen as a more ‘rock’ and ‘artist’ edge than other artistic neighborhoods due to the large number of tattoo parlors, dive bars and its history of punk music.
The Lower East Side is primarily renown for its more edgy and unconventional art galleries with many pop-up galleries and upcoming artist galleries, it is most definitely worth checking out!
The Lower East Side surprisingly boasts a huge variety of art galleries, many of them hidden to the regular passerbys but the overall neighborhood has over 200 galleries! Some of the most notable galleries are Whitebox – an experimental and avant-garde art gallery that invites its viewers to interact with the art as much as possible. Bitforms – as the name suggests, is a technologically aimed art gallery that interacts with the digital world as we know it. Canada – one of the first galleries to open in the neighborhood in 1999, it has now become a world renown destination for art enthusiasts due to their constantly fascinating exhibitions and sculpture works.
Last but not least, the Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade, which although not a gallery, Two-Bit’s is worth mentioning for its reminiscing of old school classic video games and with its huge array of arcade games, its worth calling it an art homage to the past.
Going out in the Lower East Side is not only a regular thing to do for most New Yorkers, it is also a renown experience. The huge variety of bars and drinking establishments, varying from dive bars to punk bars to tequila houses, the Lower East Side is guaranteed to deliver every kind of drinking experience you’re looking for. The best time to experience the high-energy and bustle of the neighborhood is during happy hour, at which many bars offer discounted drinks and a great time. Bars such as Excuse My French is a great destination for date nights as well as something more relaxed and ambient.