Botanica Bar

Dive Bar / Lounge
Botanica Bar Patrons might experience a bit of déjà vu when they walk into Botanica Bar, a quintessential dive bar whose black-and-red linoleum and second-hand décor every New Yorker has seen at least once, but was probably too drunk to... New York United States 40.7246613 -73.9947143
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Botanica Bar - Dive Bar | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review Patrons might experience a bit of déjà vu when they walk into Botanica Bar, a quintessential dive bar whose black-and-red linoleum and second-hand décor every New Yorker has seen at least once, but was probably too drunk... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    6: Bleecker Street-Lafayette Street; B, D, F, M: Broadway-Lafayette Street-Houston Street; N, R: Prince Street-Broadway

  • Phone:

    212-343-7251

  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Botanica Bar Review

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Patrons might experience a bit of déjà vu when they walk into Botanica Bar, a quintessential dive bar whose black-and-red linoleum and second-hand décor every New Yorker has seen at least once, but was probably too drunk to...

Patrons might experience a bit of déjà vu when they walk into Botanica Bar, a quintessential dive bar whose black-and-red linoleum and second-hand décor every New Yorker has seen at least once, but was probably too drunk to remember.

Friday and Saturday nights draw an intoxicated weekend warrior crowd that swarms around the wooden bar to do shots and hook up, while ladies dressed to impress break into dance frenzies by the small DJ booth.

Deeper into the dimly-lit space, singles lean against the red walls for support while they down their cocktails, as brand new couples cozy up on run-down mismatched furniture.

During the week, laid-back young professionals stream in after work to lounge on duct-taped vinyl banquettes and decompress over a couple beers, before being replaced later on by loyal hipsters who called the place home back when it was the Knitting Factory.

A dark and intimate back room with gold-painted brick walls plays host to tipsy blind daters and musicians content to sprawl on dingy velvet armchairs and groove to the indie sounds provided by the DJ, while those who prefer to make their own entertainment will want to pop in on Sundays for the raucous camaraderie of the locally infamous karaoke nights.

The epitome of a no-frills dive where all are welcome, Botanica is great for anyone looking for a mellow weekday chill-out spot or a rowdy weekend singles scene they don’t want to remember the next day.

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Tip from Lucas:

No food served here, but the bar does provide a huge book of take-out menus, so you can get a group of friends together, order in some good grub, and have it delivered right to the bar. If you get there early enough, you can take over the back room and have your own private party.

  • Crowd

    Local young professionals and hipsters on weekdays, jocks and outer-borough types on weekends, mid-20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJ spins everything from indie to freeform jazz Mondays to Saturdays starting around 9pm, with an emphasis on obscure old-school Motown 45s on Wednesdays. Free karaoke 9pm–2am on Sundays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour daily 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $6+, wine $6, cocktails $6+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    “Come as you are” on weekdays, dressier button-downs, dresses, and heels on weekends.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Sunday nights for karaoke, weeknights for friendly conversation, and Friday and Saturday nights for an outgoing party-minded singles crowd.

Botanica Bar User Reviews

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Botanica
stephanie m. May 28, 2013
If you don't mind getting a bit grungy after leaving the office, Botanica is a subterranean spot worth loosening your tie for. Its dive bar digs and ever-present DJ attract an artsy crowd, including some of SoHo's original hipsters. And we all know that where there are starving artists, there are cheap drinks.
Underground hole in the wall.
Fernando M. Mar 13, 2013
No snobby, high class place this joint, so hope you aren't a germaphobe, that said this little bar on Houston st. has character, never too full but always bumping, so a great place to visit on your bar journey any given weekend night, so you can expect just a friendly crowd, good/well served drinks and good music. hope you like to bust a move!
Low-Maintenance Dance Den
Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
Disclaimer: Contrary to the review, I know this place to be packed with college kids on the weekends. When I came here, the DJ played a 90s hip-hop/R&B mix so feel-good fantastic that my throat hurt the next morning from screaming all the words to Mariah Carey "Fantasy." And the drinks are cheap+strong, so the throwback music sounded extra dope. I should mention that I was here for a birthday, so if you're not with great, high-energy, low-inhibition company, there's good reason to leave right away LOL It's right across the street (Houston) from the Washington Square bar scene, so there's a really young, sloppy-drunk, fun-loving crowd. Don't go there if you don't like to dance. Don't go to the bathroom...period.
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