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...
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!