I’m sure that some people will disagree with me, but I really feel that Nolita is lacking unpretentious, yuppie-free happy hour bars. Well, there is one exception: Botanica. This is a regular after work haunt for fellow knobbers of Nanz and me. We usually all pile in at our regular table – on the right, past the bar, across from the bathrooms. We even have assigned seats, it’s sick, I know. Botanica has a perfect location for any sort of meet up. It’s within five blocks of the B, D, F, V, N, R, and 6 trains.
Happy hour drink specials are a really good deal. All well drinks are $3 and draft beers are $1 to $1.50 off. I usually have a couple of vodka sodas, or a couple of beers, and then a shot of Makers Mark or tequila thrown in for good measure. My tab is rarely over $20. I may be divulging too much about my drinking habits, but it’s all for the sake of a good blog post. Thomas says:
Liquor reps love this place, too. In the last two months, there have been reps for Dewars, Jack Daniels, and Stella/Budweiser, all giving away full-size samples of their wares.
Also, as a former bartender, it’s important for me to have personable drink slingers at my spots. Mark, the owner, tends bar frequently. He remembers most of our names, and our usual drinks. He remembers our drinks so well, that we often won’t order something different, even if we want to. We wouldn’t want to make Mark feel bad. Mark’s wife, Jessica, also tends bar. She’s super nice and is always smiling. Dave has a heavy hand and he’s not bad to look at.
As for the atmosphere, it’s just your typical divey type bar. There are plenty of comfortable (and not so comfortable) seats. There are a couple of ratty couches and a back room with a stage of sorts (although I’ve never seen a band play). Most nights, there is a dj that plays good background music, usually indie rock…lots of MIA.
There is really only one thing that I can complain about, and that is that sometimes Botanica smells bad. Granted, as I have already mentioned, my group always chooses to sit right next to the bathroom.
Photo Credit: nchoz’s flickr