One in a long line of NYC bars that used to be something else before the East Village became a haven for fine young hipsters. This place supposedly used to be a pharmacy, but the kitsch factor is pretty much isolated to the back room, where DJs spin bad 70’s music and some bandages and tongue depressors sit on a shelf. What was probably a pretty cool bar at one point has become pretty standard stuff for the East Village, but still retains enough charm (and smoke) to be a fun place when you’ve had a few too many. [MF]

538 E 14 St.