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Idle Hands: Bourbon, Beer and Rock Are Better in a Basement

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A rock and roll speakeasy seems as much like an oxymoron as an affordable bourbon bar, but apparently both exist in a  hideaway under the trampled sidewalks of Alphabet City. Idle Hands was first brought to my attention not because of its over 150 different bourbons (!), or intense selection of damn good beer (!), or Ladies Night (!), but because of their monthly 90s Emo Night of course!

Fortunately for anyone I may bring to this bar, Emo isn’t the only guilty pleasure I can saddle up to the bar with my hoodie over my head to enjoy. They also have 90s Alternative Rock nights, Le Petite Mort goth nights, something called a Hard Rock Power Hour that both excites and frightens me, and most importantly: 2 for 1 drinks all summer long! Their Happy Hour runs Mon-Thu til 8pm & Fri-Sun til 9pm on anything under $10.

They also have almost constant special events every week, from Metallica-themed Beer Tastings from Harpoon and Speakeasy to $5 burger nights. Despite all this awesomeness, the crowds and noise seem to stay in check so you can actually hear the bartenders spout off their insane knowledge of all the pours. Plan your trip by checking out what’s going down on their calendar HERE and the blog here.

Idle Hands Bar
25 Ave B, Downstairs (Between 2nd and 3rd Streets)
[Alphabet City]

Photo Credit: NY Metromix/Idle Hands Bar

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Jill S.

Jill S.

Jill is an Ohio native and Boston University graduate who refuses to stop saying "pop" and wearing her Red Sox gear despite being heckled for doing so since moving to Brooklyn. She's been honing her thrifty ways since doing that silly thing people talk about when they ignore reason to follow their hearts and chose a career in the fulfilling but faltering music industry. She earns her beer money as a publicist and writer, and spends her spare time cooking, biking, and trying to decide if she's ready to get a cat.