Bar Pilar

This dark, smoky-mirrored hangout gets crowded for a reason. Besides cool touches such as a carnivalesque photo booth, there’s an affordable small-plates menu with snacks including Marcona almonds, roasted olives, and potatoes with aïoli, plus more substantial plates such as duck confit and spaghetti Bolognese. The excellent throwback drinks—a strong rum punch, a proper daiquiri—come courtesy of Adam Bernbach, a serious cocktail enthusiast. Tuesday nights, he has cocktail sessions where for $36 you get three creations with ingredients such as house-made Falernum and Meyer-lemon syrup.

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