Botanica Bar

Botanica Bar

Dive Bar$$$$
NoLita, New York
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    "Start with a Ginger Yum Yum, and end many Ginger Yum Yums later."(11 Tips)
    Noah W.
    "The huge mug of delicious dark & stormy for $8 is the clear read."(22 Tips)
    Karl W.
    "The back room is great for groups."(9 Tips)
    Sara .
    "Classic NYC dive with cheap drinks and a great happy hour."(23 Tips)
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  • happy hour
  • cheap drinks
  • ginger yum yum
  • back room
  • DJs
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  • naveen
    naveenSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    great basement bar in the hood. gets really packed sometimes, but that's part of what makes it cool, i think. there's hardly any cell service in here, so use the phone number as the wifi password
  • Brook S.heart icon on user image
    Brook ShelleyJune 1, 2015
    Perfect little spot to get out of the bustle of NYC and unwind a little with a beer or cocktail. Dimly lit, with wifi, and clean bathrooms. Ideal kinda bar for an idle Tuesday.
  • Emily K.heart icon on user image
    Emily KaneMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour until 8! Beers are $3-4, wells are $3.50, buy tequila shots for all of your co-workers.
  • N. S.heart icon on user image
    N. S.January 25, 2018
    The Ginger Yum Yum is delicious, and they make a mean Dark and Stormy. Can get pretty crowded and loud, but always chill.
  • Veronica S.heart icon on user image
    Veronica SanchezMarch 23, 2016
    Ginger yum yum is a pretty tasty drink. If you're visiting New York, don't forget to tip the long haired bartender or he'll bitch at you all night long about it.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissSeptember 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    It's a dive bar that has a great, not that grungy vibe on the weekends. Drinks are cheap. The huge mug of delicious dark & stormy for $8 is the clear read.
  • Jon G.heart icon on user image
    Jon GoldmannJanuary 26, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    When Danny D is working, this place can’t be beat. Great music, never the same type of people. After work is a little crazy, but clears out around 830 then picks up for late night
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceOctober 30, 2016
    Most people come here for the great happy hour specials...but there's much more charm than that if you come on a busier night and even check out the back room.
  • S A.heart icon on user image
    S ADecember 23, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Say "hi" to the DJ on Thursday and Saturday night :-). Try the ginger yum yum! Everyone here is super chill. Cool spot to meet new people.
  • Brendan L.heart icon on user image
    Brendan LewisSeptember 9, 2014
    This is one of the places that serves as the best antidote to Soho mixologist douchery. Get a beer and a Makers neat and be pleasantly surprised to still have cash afterwards
  • Tom M.heart icon on user image
    Tom MengDecember 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite bars in the area. They got cheap happy hour drinks before 8
  • Caitlin L.heart icon on user image
    Caitlin LJune 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite bar in this neighborhood. Cheap and centrally located. Music isn't bad either.
  • Ray L.heart icon on user image
    Ray LinDecember 17, 2014
    The $4 drafts during happy hour til 8pm is great, but the $6 mixed drinks is one of the true steals in Manhattan.
  • Vivianheart icon on user image
    VivianJanuary 26, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    At Botanica, spend a reasonable amount of money for drinks in a laidback environment. I’m a fan!
  • Marc S.heart icon on user image
    Marc SMay 23, 2022
    Cozy neighborhood place, good prices, but limited selection of spirits. Rachel has all her birthday parties here!
  • Margot M.heart icon on user image
    Margot MazurMarch 7, 2015
    Never packed, always awesome. Its like a hidden NYC dive bar gem. Its perfect and the DJ spins hip hop.
  • Chris E.heart icon on user image
    Chris EvansJuly 16, 2014
    Well drinks, wine, and beer are $4 during happy hour (which ends at 8!). The dark and stormy will also mess you up good.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 20, 2014
    The subterranean bar is lit by a small neon sign and garnished with repurposed furniture, dim lights, and Pitchfork’s latest soundtrack.
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    DANGER TAMAugust 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best happy hours in the city. Cocktails tend to be heavy handed, in case you don't like your drinks stiff. Cellphone service sucks but pretty sure wifi password is the phone number.
  • IrmaZandl Z.heart icon on user image
    IrmaZandl ZandlSlantOctober 28, 2016
    Especially like on Thursday notes when Matt Rockman djs. Very chill vibe.
  • Lyndsey M.heart icon on user image
    Lyndsey MDecember 29, 2014
    This place is so cozy, but also easy to miss from the street. Great atmosphere and incredible happy hour.
  • LaDawn P.heart icon on user image
    LaDawn Penigar-MitchellJanuary 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The DJ is great on Saturday nights, come for a nice mix of 80s hits and today's top songs!
  • Indulgent Eats
    Indulgent EatsMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Dark and stormy is where it's at (for fans of ginger, at least). Cozy up at one of the large tables in the back room
  • Melody G.heart icon on user image
    Melody GambinoNovember 13, 2014
    Prob the best happy hour deal in Soho. Come early or send a coworker at 5 to get a good spot.
  • Abner A.heart icon on user image
    Abner AcevesFebruary 7, 2016
    great bar can get packed, there is more seating way in the back. $20 min for cards can get annoying
  • Melissa Y.heart icon on user image
    Melissa YuJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A fav. dive bar choice of mine. $3-5 drafts during happy hour til 8PM. Interesting crowds.
  • Victoria L.heart icon on user image
    Victoria LambinoMay 24, 2016
    Great bartender. Ordered the wrong drink for my friend and bartender traded it in for the correct one. Nice service!
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyMarch 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour: $4 beers until 8 is tough to beat.
  • Demetra S.
    Demetra SherwoodJanuary 29, 2014
    Get the left hand milk stout on tap and ask the bartender to spike it with bourbon👌
  • Keith M.
    Keith McKenzieMay 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Gets very busy during happy hour, but that's probably because of the great deals.
  • Felix S.heart icon on user image
    Felix SargentDecember 29, 2014
    Best dive bar around here. So classy I wouldn't even call it a dive if it weren't for the amazing prices
  • Tiffanyheart icon on user image
    TiffanyOctober 2, 2015
    Happy hour is where it's at. $3 dollar house beer
  • Damian B.heart icon on user image
    Damian BayonaMarch 6, 2016
    Looks tiny on the outside but has an additional room in the back. Decently priced for the area and always a dj
  • Monti B.heart icon on user image
    Monti BraySeptember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a back room with booths for all you large groups of friends that don't see any open seats.
  • Marc S.heart icon on user image
    Marc SOctober 24, 2015
    Good casual, local basement bar. DJ. Can get lively at times.
  • dipti p.
    dipti p.March 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    don't miss dj fine wine on wednesday nites...he's been around for 17 years...You.WILL.Get.Sucked.In.
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanOctober 20, 2014
    Bar is a bit of a dive, but its great for getting beer for cheap during happy hour.
  • sam d.
    sam defranJuly 15, 2010
    This is the best spot in NOHO SOHO to have an affordable beer and enjoy the sights and sounds of NYC. Also good place to drink over 6 beers if you are in that mood.SAM
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    Sara 🌈⚔🍾July 13, 2015
    Classic NYC dive with cheap drinks and a great happy hour.
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"October 2, 2014
    The back room is great for groups. Solid bartending service as well.
  • devon
    devonAugust 25, 2012
    great prices on everything, but like everyone else said, the dark & stormies are very worth it!
  • Tracey C.heart icon on user image
    Tracey ChurrayMay 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour till 8 - $4 drafts and a great beer selection.
  • Kate H.
    Kate H.February 29, 2012
    Plenty if seats (find the back room!) plenty of cheap but delicious drinks. An oasis in a soho shithole.
    JAMESON PINESeptember 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome bartenders, check. Awesome music, check. Former Knitting Factory turned chill outpost.
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossMarch 1, 2015
    Great happy hour, $3/4 for draft beer. Got seriously tipsy on Lagunitas Ipa.
  • Ashley V.
    Ashley VAugust 10, 2013
    $5 vodka soda (at 10 p.m.) ?! I'm in. It wasn't too crowded a that time so it was a nice spot to have a few drinks with the girls.
  • Saif D.heart icon on user image
    Saif DiaAugust 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a signature drink - I'm personally a fan of the dark and stormy.
  • Nancy S.
    Nancy SongNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour 5-8pm, drafts are 3-4$, well drinks 4$. Try the Ginger Yum Yum too! It's fantastic
  • John C.heart icon on user image
    John ClineNovember 30, 2015
    Quite the dive, but a solid beer selection and amazing happy hour
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedJuly 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The closest thing we have to a local. Be sure to try the Dark AndStormy, but if you're feeling adventurous, ask about the Pickle Back. Read more
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