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)
    Michelle W.
    "Back room is a great option for group events"(10 Tips)
    Matt S.
    "Good vibes and mad cheap, make sure you tip!"(24 Tips)
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 14
  • Veronica S.
    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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Alisha M.
    Alisha MirandaMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Irma Z.
    Irma ZandlOctober 28
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Victoria L.
    Great bartender. Ordered the wrong drink for my friend and bartender traded it in for the correct one. Nice service!
  • devon
    devonAugust 25, 2012
    great prices on everything, but like everyone else said, the dark & stormies are very worth it!
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyOctober 2, 2015
    Happy hour is where it's at. $3 dollar house beer
  • Tom M.
    Tom MengDecember 8, 2015
    One of my favorite bars in the area. They got cheap happy hour drinks before 8
  • Damian B.
    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
    A fav. dive bar choice of mine. $3-5 drafts during happy hour til 8PM. Interesting crowds.
  • 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
  • Caitlin L.
    Caitlin LauerJune 23
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite bar in this neighborhood. Cheap and centrally located. Music isn't bad either.
  • 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
  • Jaclyn
    JaclynMay 20, 2013
    Happy Hour: $3 well drinks, $3.50 pints Monday through Friday, 5-8 pm; Weekends, 6-8 pm
  • 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 M.
    Gets very busy during happy hour, but that's probably because of the great deals.
  • 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.
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanOctober 20, 2014
    Bar is a bit of a dive, but its great for getting beer for cheap during happy hour.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
    $5 vodka soda (at 10 p.m.) ?! I'm in. It wasn't too crowded a that time so it was a nice spot to have a few drinks with the girls.
  • Nancy S.
    Nancy SongNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour 5-8pm, drafts are 3-4$, well drinks 4$. Try the Ginger Yum Yum too! It's fantastic
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾July 13, 2015
    Classic NYC dive with cheap drinks and a great happy hour.
  • Paula M.
    Paula MartiniJune 6, 2011
    Great spot in NYC. But don't go for the organic Schneider's wheat beer. Tastes like balloon.
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