Sweet and Vicious

Bar / Beer Garden / Lounge
Sweet and Vicious The sparse black exterior of Nolita's Sweet and Vicious may seem unwelcoming at first, but once patrons walk through the double wood doors, they find themselves in a hip yet unpretentious bar where schmoozing with the regulars... New York United States 40.72136 -73.994258
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Sweet and Vicious - Bar | Beer Garden | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review The sparse black exterior of Nolita’s Sweet and Vicious may seem unwelcoming at first, but once patrons walk through the double wood doors, they find themselves in a hip yet unpretentious bar where schmoozing with the... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 4pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Sweet and Vicious Review

The Scene

The sparse black exterior of Nolita's Sweet and Vicious may seem unwelcoming at first, but once patrons walk through the double wood doors, they find themselves in a hip yet unpretentious bar where schmoozing with the regulars...

The sparse black exterior of Nolita’s Sweet and Vicious may seem unwelcoming at first, but once patrons walk through the double wood doors, they find themselves in a hip yet unpretentious bar where schmoozing with the regulars is the order of the day.

The rustic plank floors in this dark lounge vibrate with incredibly loud pop music, as a smartly-dressed clientele of young professionals, artsy types, and the occasional young celebrity clamors for drinks at the impossibly long bar.

Old-timey registers and bare brick walls add to the laid-back décor, while the bar’s centerpiece of butterfly-shaped shelving units lined with pink lights offers some of the little light in the place, the rest coming from the enormous iron-ring chandeliers.

Understated wood benches pushed against the walls leave ample room for the sociable guests to check each other out, attempt to chat over the music, or just give it up and dance if the mood strikes.

Those who have found a potential new friend might want to make their way out to the graffiti-adorned patio, a plant-lined summer beer garden that offers a mellower vibe for intimate conversation or hanging with a group.

With its crowd-pleasing frozen margaritas served in Mason jars, its chic yet casual attitude, and the live jazz that occasionally erupts out of nowhere, it’s no wonder Sweet and Vicious has become the preferred local hangout for the button-down set and neighborhood celebs alike.

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Tip from Lucas:

Sweet and Vicious doesn’t serve food, but they don’t mind if you bring your own. You can order a pizza from Lombardi’s up the street if you’re up for an impromptu party in the beer garden.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, affluent artists, and the occasional celeb, early 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    A DJ spins mostly popular music with a smattering of oldies, reggae, and hip-hop, every night but Sunday. Occasional live jazz. Wi-Fi in the bar and garden.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour daily 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $5–$7, wine $8–$9, cocktails $8–$12, shots $5–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Trendy casual. Jeans, button-downs, funky dresses, and heels. Dressier on weekends.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Late Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten (7 Rivington Street) is just around the corner and a great spot for massive German beer steins.

Sweet and Vicious User Reviews

Average rating:
Sweet and Vicious Happy Hour review
stephanie m. May 28, 2013
By now a Spring Street staple, Sweet and Vicious seems to have only gotten sweeter with age. With a decor that incorporates a pistol display and butterfly motif, this neon-lit lounge boasts frozen margaritas and an outdoor deck—perfect for post-work drinks during the summer months.
Everything I try to avoid in a night out
Andrei K. Apr 25, 2013
This place needs to figure out what sort of bar it wants to be. There's loud, mediocre music, but no place to dance so everyone just ends up shouting in each other's faces trying to have a conversation. It's narrow, crowded, and more stressful than any bar should be. I came here for a friend's birthday party, and even though they had reserved a table in the back, we got very little service. I don't blame our server, I wouldn't have wanted to wade through the crowd of drunk and increasingly irate patrons either. The only positive was a pretty decent margarita ("jargarita" I suppose, since it came in the increasingly fashionable mason jar), but even then, it was not worth the terrible atmosphere of this bar.
Out of touch
Nicole H. Dec 9, 2012
My friend and I had an early dinner in Soho and wandered over to try Sweet and Vicious around 9:30. It was about half full so we found a seat right next to the DJ booth. We ordered some well drinks, nothing special. The music was terrible. Mostly outdated R&B, hip-hop, and occasional early millenium throwbacks. About half an hour later an employee approached us and asked us to leave the table because it was reserved. Reserved for who?? There was no one there! Anyway, we waited another half hour for some friends to join. By then the bar was packed, with your typical rude elbow pushing patrons. We left shortly after, never to return. I can't compare Sweet and Vicious to anything other than a smelly bar reminiscent of a frat house.
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