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by Caroline Ball (subscribe)
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Published May 5th 2011
Nestled in next to New York's secret speakeasy The Back Room, Nurse Bettie is quite the classy dive - all exposed brick, low lighting and top shelf offerings.

A heady tribute to buxom 50's pin-up Bettie Page, this Lower East side bar oozes under-the-table elegance. An extended happy hour including cheap but oh-so-classy cocktails ensure that clientele is a mix of tipsy ladies with smudged red lipstick and gentlemen dapper in their (second-hand) suits. And of course us, and a dishevelled German tourist who stumbled in later: the waylaid Back Room-seekers.

Pin-up bars are few and far between, and the novelty of a host of smouldering Bettie Paige angels warrants a visit to the bathroom at least. Anywhere you can sprawl on leather couches and drink a G&T for $5 without having to watch a football match is worth a visit in my book - and at $14 a creamy Night Nurse cocktail is hardly a splurge.

Best of all, Bettie has a healthy weeknight dance floor culture that flourishes under the watch of a bevy of handsome bartenders.

It's the suavest cheap drinking in the Lower East Side. Or so say the people who haven't made it next door...
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Why? Class doesn't come cheaper than this
When: Daily, 6pm - 4am
Where: 106 Norfolk Street, Lower East Side, New York City
Cost: $14 for a cocktail, $5 well drinks and draughts
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The Lower East Side is one of the best places to hangout, get drinks, and visit really interesting bars. It can be retro and ultra modern. It can be down-home comforting or super chic. The 50's pin up is a great spin in an already eclectic neighborhood. Cheers!
By Melissa Ruttanai - senior reviewer
Monday, 9th of May @ 12:55 pm
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