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10 weird and awesome shots you need to do right now

Published On 04/21/2014 Published On 04/21/2014
Jennifer Nalewicki
Jennifer Nalewicki
Jennifer Nalewicki
Jennifer Nalewicki
Jennifer Nalewicki
Jennifer Nalewicki
Andrew Zimmer
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1. Barcelona Bar 923 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown West)

Known for its wide and diverse shots menu (they've got over ONE HUNDRED varieties!), BB offers up frequent happy hours, trivia nights, and five flat-screens to catch the game.

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2. Haven Rooftop NYC 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036 (Midtown West)

On top of the Sanctuary Hotel, Haven is year-round fun for those who seek swanky cocktails with cuisine inspired by the French Alps.

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3. One Stop Beer Shop 134 Kingsland Ave, New York, NY 11222

One Stop Beer Shop, which has refurbished its surroundings in the spirit of the building's original "1920s aesthetic" specializes in craft brews and beer mixology.Thanks to communal seating, this unique space is a haven for any beer enthusiast, making it easy to eat, drink, taste, and buy brews all in one place.

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4. Double Down Saloon 14 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

With its loud punk rock music and trippy decor -- vivid psychedelic murals cover every inch of the walls and its slogan “Shut Up and Drink” is painted clearly on the ceiling -- Double Down Saloon isn’t for the faint of heart. From Monday through Thursday, this dive will sell you all the “J” whiskies you want (Jack, Jim, Johnny, and more) for $5 apiece in a crazy midnight-to-2am happy hour. While you’re there, try a bacon martini, which comes garnished with a Slim Jim. Also available, Ass Juice (the bartenders won’t reveal what’s in this dive’s popular shot, which is probably for the best). Overcome the ick factor, hand over $4, and find out for yourself.

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5. The Shanty 79 Richardson St, New York, NY 11211

The brick-walled Shanty classes up consumption via a large white-oak-and-steel bar, an antique still, and a window overlooking the fully operational distillery's "beautiful, brand-new Christian CARL still".

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6. The Stanton Social 99 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

The Stanton Social is less of a restaurant and more of a culinary experience. The self-proclaimed sexiest restaurant in the Lower East Side boasts a multi-ethnic menu designed to help diners experience different cultures and flavors throughout their meal. There can be up to at least 40 different entrees on the menu at a time, so deciding which food journey to explore will be tough, but ultimately rewarding.

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7. Keybar 432 E 13th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This East Village dive bar and happy hour haven is best known for its menu of signature shots and two-for-one well drinks. Sidle up to the long oak bar and order a "Brain Damage" shooter mixed with Baileys, peach schnapps, and grenadine or the secret recipe chocolate "Rolo" shot, and chances are your night just got a lot more interesting.

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8. Ngam 99 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Ngam isn't traditional Thai, it's farm fresh Thai. The East Village spot takes a modern, Alice Waters-like approach to Thai cooking by partnering with local farms to serve a seasonal menu of curries, noodles, and grilled meats. It might be the only spot in the city where you'll find kale fried rice, lobster dumplings, and red curry pumpkin fries. As for drinks, the Tom Yum shot is a must: it's similar in taste to spicy hot-and-sour soup, but it's got tequila and a salt-and-chile rim.

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9. Do or Dine 1108 Bedford Ave, New York, NY 11216

After months of whipping up everything from dumpling nachos to foie gras doughnuts, the team at DOD's lowering resistances to the weird with their fresh liquor license, so that foie won't be the only bloated liver at the table.

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10. Meatball Shop 200 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

The Meatball Shop's specializing in making balls out of meat and serving them either as sandwiches, naked or with various sides (like risotto and polenta).

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