Keep It Old-School
(1) Deep inside the brick-walled and wood-paneled dining room at Uncle Jack's Meat House, guests can find a unisex lavatory (where a giant mirror snaps selfies and prints Polaroids with a finger's touch). On Friday and Saturday nights, this bathroom turns into an entryway to a 50-plus-seat speakeasy, with lounge-style seating (velvet-roped suede sofas), a massive steel vault door, and a small DJ booth. Prohibition-era decor sets the scene for a food menu offered exclusively at this downstairs weekend hideaway, and top-shelf liquor bottle service is available for those looking for a "VIP"experience. | Bootlegger Jack's Hidden Speakeasy, 36-18 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, Queens, 917.415.1553.
(2) Bright, vibrant hues—blue leather chairs, green pillars and shades of yellow, pink and purple scattered throughout—fill this wood-paneled and polished-brick lounge, which is decorated in 1960s bric-a-brac, flowers, lamps, a custom-felt pool table and posters from the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival. The affordable food-and-drinks program offers 12 pizzas for $15 each, housemade middle-shelf liquor cocktails for $10, top-shelf cocktails for $15 and premier-liquor cocktails (e.g., Johnnie Walker Blue Label) for $20. | The Woodstock, 446 W. 14th St., 212.633.2000.
(3) Black leather booths and barstools and wooden bars, floors, tables and chairs furnish this classically American, retro, upscale tavern, where an after-work crowd regularly turns into a late-night crowd, and a late-night kitchen caters to hungry guests until 1 am Tu-Sa. A reservations-only backroom indulges guests with access to a self-serve draft beer tap. | Park Avenue Tavern, 99 Park Ave., 212.867.4484.