Botanica Bar

Botanica Bar

Dive Bar and Bar$$$$
NoHo, New York
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  • Noah W.
    "The huge mug of delicious dark & stormy for $8 is the clear read."(23 Tips)
    Ilya
    "Start with a Ginger Yum Yum, and end many Ginger Yum Yums later."(9 Tips)
    Sarah L.
    "Check out the back room for seats!"(10 Tips)
    Matt S.
    "Good vibes and mad cheap, make sure you tip!"(24 Tips)
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  • Alisha M.
    Alisha MirandaMarch 18, 2012
    one of the last great dive bars in the neighborhood. crappy furniture tossed about, amazing happy hour specials, and classic rock playing loudly above. perfect after-work spot with friends/co-workers
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Brook S.
    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.
  • Veronica S.
    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.
    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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 3, 2012
    “No food served here but you can order in right to the bar. If you get there early, take over the back room and have your own private party.” More at http://www.partyearth.com/venues/botanica-bar.
  • Brendan L.
    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
  • DoubleDeuce
    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.
    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.
  • DANGER T.
    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.
  • Ray L.
    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.
  • Chris E.
    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.
  • Jen B.
    Jen BalisiMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ 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
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurMarch 7, 2015
    Never packed, always awesome. Its like a hidden NYC dive bar gem. Its perfect and the DJ spins hip hop.
  • Melody G.
    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.
  • 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
  • Lyndsey M.
    Lyndsey MDecember 29, 2014
    This place is so cozy, but also easy to miss from the street. Great atmosphere and incredible happy hour.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    Especially like on Thursday notes when Matt Rockman djs. Very chill vibe.
  • Emily K.
    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.
  • Dennis N.
    Dennis Natal ™March 23, 2013
    Not bad. Tried out the Dark and Stormy. I recommend it. Give it a try. Rum, fresh ginger, ginger beer and like juice.
  • LaDawn P.
    The DJ is great on Saturday nights, come for a nice mix of 80s hits and today's top songs!
  • Abner A.
    Abner AcevesFebruary 7, 2016
    great bar can get packed, there is more seating way in the back. $20 min for cards can get annoying
  • Demetra S.
    Demetra SherwoodJanuary 29, 2014
    Get the left hand milk stout on tap and ask the bartender to spike it with bourbon👌
  • dipti p.
    dipti p.March 28, 2013
    don't miss dj fine wine on wednesday nites...he's been around for 17 years...You.WILL.Get.Sucked.In.
  • Victoria L.
    Victoria LambinoMay 24, 2016
    Great bartender. Ordered the wrong drink for my friend and bartender traded it in for the correct one. Nice service!
  • Monti B.
    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.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyOctober 2, 2015
    Happy hour is where it's at. $3 dollar house beer
  • Tom M.
    Tom MengDecember 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite bars in the area. They got cheap happy hour drinks before 8
  • 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.
  • devon
    devonAugust 25, 2012
    great prices on everything, but like everyone else said, the dark & stormies are very worth it!
  • Damian B.
    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
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YuJuly 10, 2016
    A fav. dive bar choice of mine. $3-5 drafts during happy hour til 8PM. Interesting crowds.
  • Caitlin L.
    Caitlin LauerJune 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite bar in this neighborhood. Cheap and centrally located. Music isn't bad either.
  • 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
  • Felix S.
    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
  • Keith M.
    Keith McKenzieMay 27, 2016
    Gets very busy during happy hour, but that's probably because of the great deals.
  • Allie Jane C.
    Allie Jane ComptonMay 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Been going here for years!! Best happy hour ($3.50 for drafts!) and chillest brotanicas in town.
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanOctober 20, 2014
    Bar is a bit of a dive, but its great for getting beer for cheap during happy hour.
  • JAMESON P.
    JAMESON PINESeptember 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome bartenders, check. Awesome music, check. Former Knitting Factory turned chill outpost.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SOctober 24, 2015
    Good casual, local basement bar. DJ. Can get lively at times.
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"October 2, 2014
    The back room is great for groups. Solid bartending service as well.
  • Guy G.
    Guy GonzalezNovember 20, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    My absolute favorite bar; been going since 1997 and it hasn't lost its appeal. Good beer selection; the Dark & Stormy is delicious; and their LI Iced Teas aren't for wimps. Read more
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossMarch 1, 2015
    Great happy hour, $3/4 for draft beer. Got seriously tipsy on Lagunitas Ipa.
  • Jaclyn
    JaclynMay 20, 2013
    Happy Hour: $3 well drinks, $3.50 pints Monday through Friday, 5-8 pm; Weekends, 6-8 pm
  • Ashley V.
    Ashley VAugust 10, 2013
    $5 vodka soda (at 10 p.m.) ?! I'm in. It wasn't too crowded a that time so it was a nice spot to have a few drinks with the girls.
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾July 13, 2015
    Classic NYC dive with cheap drinks and a great happy hour.
  • Nancy S.
    Nancy SongNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour 5-8pm, drafts are 3-4$, well drinks 4$. Try the Ginger Yum Yum too! It's fantastic
  • Paula M.
    Paula MartiniJune 6, 2011
    Great spot in NYC. But don't go for the organic Schneider's wheat beer. Tastes like balloon.
  • Tracey C.
    Tracey ChurrayMay 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour till 8 - $4 drafts and a great beer selection.
  • Ilya
    IlyaJune 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Start with a Ginger Yum Yum, and end many Ginger Yum Yums later. Potent delicious bliss!
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyMarch 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour: $4 beers until 8 is tough to beat.
  • John C.
    John ClineNovember 30, 2015
    Quite the dive, but a solid beer selection and amazing happy hour
  • Mike C.
    Mike CherepkoApril 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Seems to be a strong correlation between carrying up your empties and getting drinks faster. This is true in general because bartenders are not wasting time chasing your empties.
  • James B.
    James BNovember 16, 2011
    One of my go to bars. Awesome atmosphere and great drink specials.
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChuaMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    even if you're not done with your drink, get another happy hour drink at 7:50pm and double-fist your way to a hangover
  • Darien F.
    Darien FemalMarch 11, 2012
    If you're a Texan in NY, you'll love the DJ & prices!
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaJanuary 3, 2016
    Great spot right off Houston. Cheap drinks and music!
  • Kate
    KateFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    A lot of people here look like they might cut you. So wear your leather jacket and order something cheap that comes in a bottle.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HaileMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Second favorite basement dive. And a stones throw from Tom & Jerry's. Love this spot.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LAugust 28, 2016
    get yourself a big ol' mug of Dark and Stormy. It is cheap and delicious.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaAugust 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a signature drink - I'm personally a fan of the dark and stormy.
  • Zii H.
    Zii HammadJanuary 21, 2016
    Cheap beer, good vibes. Decent place for the neighborhood.
  • Jesse C.
    Jesse Catfish!November 11, 2012
    Great music and enough space for our big group!
  • Katie
    KatieMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    grungy basement bar, with great happy hour deals!
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LishinApril 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the back room for seats!
    Upvoted Feb 6
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Some good beers on the cheap - try the Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale or the Blue Point Toasted Lager
  • Mike C.
    Mike CherepkoDecember 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I've always loved ogling myself in the mirrors behind the bar while I wait to order my drink.
  • Juliet U.
    Juliet UlmanSeptember 2, 2010
    Ommegange Witte on tap, and one of the few bars in NYC that offers Dark & Stormies. Yes please!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJanuary 31, 2015
    The best Dark & Stormy I have had in NYC
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LSeptember 19, 2015
    Best happy hour in Manhattan!!! $4 beers until 8pm
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SMay 29, 2013
    This place lets you bring your DOG! Come here on a date with a human and an animal cutie! http://datemapps.com
  • DANGER T.
    DANGER TAMSeptember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Wifi pw is the phone number. Happy hour prices are awesomeeee.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WalshFebruary 3
    Good happy hour. 3$ cans and 5$ drafts
  • Matt S.
    Matt SzenicsMay 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good vibes and mad cheap, make sure you tip!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonJuly 31, 2015
    The music is good and the dark n stormys are strong
  • Melinda J.
    Melinda JacobsFebruary 1, 2016
    Great bar. Lots on tap. Good vibe. :)
  • Stephanie T.
    Stephanie TanAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Chill after-work spot. Happy Hour until 8pm!
  • Fatou B.
    Fatou BahJune 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Come see Dan on Monday & Wednesdays. He's the best. & if you're lucky & catch him on a Sunday, he may sing some karaoke too.
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    PHOTO: Inside the NYPD telegraph bureau, which was housed around the corner at 300 Mulberry St. in 1906, at the link! Read more
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesNovember 20, 2016
    Back room is a great option for group events
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ChristianoJanuary 7, 2013
    $4 draft beers during happy hour! And happy hour lasts til 8pm...
  • eric m.
    eric mortensenJuly 14, 2012
    Great drink specials. Big back room. Loud.
  • Sera A.
    Sera ArefaineFebruary 20, 2015
    That dark and stormy is unfair. Put's all others to shame.
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MSeptember 15, 2014
    Really chill bar. Cheap drinks, okay crowd.
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MMay 15, 2015
    Great relaxed casual atmosphere
  • Tameka G.
    Tameka GJune 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The ginger yum yum, if you're up to it, is sooooo intense.
  • Ximena V.
    Ximena VNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the ginger based drinks and go for a beer on tap instead.
  • Madm F.
    Madm FiaSeptember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ginger yum yum uses real ginger and tastes like candy.
  • Brigitte P.
    Brigitte PerezAugust 17, 2015
    $6 well drinks and they have abita light!!!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BearnotJune 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the dark and stormy or a sour Pete: PBR+lime
  • Rachelle P.
    Rachelle PikeJanuary 6, 2016
    Loud but cheap happy hour, great staff
  • Christian d.
    Christian de BottonSeptember 26, 2010
    If you like ginger, the Dark and Stormy here is really excellent.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedJuly 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink as many Dark & Stormies as you can handle. Say "Hi" to one of us, we're probably around there somewhere.
  • Meg D.
    Meg DelaneyApril 15, 2012
    let's just be naked. such cheap drinks. cheapest in les and prob manhattan #bringit
  • Nestor B.
    Nestor BaillyApril 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A solid joint with good a Dark & Stormy.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurdMay 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The wifi password is the phone number: 212-343-7251
  • Sass Conf
    Sass ConfOctober 5, 2013
    Near venue. Delicious gingery drinks
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.September 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great whiskey selection
  • Stephanie V.
    Stephanie ValenteMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The ginger yum-yums are amazing.
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