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SPECS speakeasy style bar/lounge – main and upstairs standing bar area but mostly tables – old fashioned cave like interior
GOOD FOR starting off the night – a date – low-key gatherings – craft cocktails
DANCING OR CONVERSATION conversation – lounge/electronica soundtrack
CROWD mostly trendy attractive SoHo crowd – chance for hook up – av age 25-35 – most popular time is Sat night or weekdays after work
ENTRY not an issue – take reservations but not necessary unless you require a large table during a prime hour
DRINK: Menu large selection of high-end vodkas – intriguing vodka based cocktails & martinis
FOOD: Menu an entire section devoted to caviar – well designed selection of small plates, apps, some cheese/charcuterie options, a few small entrees
HOURS/LOCATION Mon-Thurs 5-1am Fri/Sat 5-3am Sun 6-1am 281 Lafayette Street between Houston and Prince
Tucked aside from the bustling madness of Broadway Avenue sits a small dim lit sign atop an unassuming stairway on Lafayette Street. Pravda is a McNally establishment that has stood the test of time. You can see his signature decor throughout. The space feels warm, antique, but more importantly authentic. While this bar has been around for 10 plus years it still remains somewhat under the radar and you feel like you are in the know as you walk down that unassuming staircase. Inside the vibe is bustling but not overly loud or crowded. Behind the bar are men in lab coats. A fitting uniform as they mix and shake up some spectacular martini’s and vodka based cocktails. Try the Gogol, it is a horseradish infused vodka martini with a pickled quail egg…awesome.
The menu hits on a few notes. It has an excellent variety of rare vodkas. It also has a whole page dedicated to caviar which is impressive but I can’t imagine someone actually ordering any of it. There is a gimmicky caviar pizza but I was impressed to see Roll Mops (pickled Herring) and spinach and cheese Pirozhk on the menu. I wouldn’t come here for dinner, but for small plates along with a well mixed drink… its perfect.
In a city that is really over-saturated with the speakeasy style bars, this one feels different and I highly recommend. If you decide to check it out or you have already been, leave me some feedback and let me know what you think!