Bar Type(s)
Cocktails, Dive, Karaoke
Description

Whose silly idea was it to pack a vending machine full of Ring Pops, grape-flavored rolling papers, and gag gifts such as the self-explanatory “Nail Thru Finger”? Our money is on the bleary-eyed, top-hat-wearing pachyderm who serves as both spirit animal and namesake for this Washington Ave. sleeper. Situated comfortably in the uncanny valley between dive bar and cocktail purveyor, the Pink Elephant Room boasts a clever drinks menu—we love the Purple Drank–inspired Potent Purple Punch, and the elevated highballs concocted from a rotating cast of house-made sodas. Regular karaoke nights are best enjoyed from one of the squishy vinyl booths, always within sight of The Simpsons re-runs on the bar’s TVs.

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