|| Hello and welcome to
the snazzier side of the East Village. Surrounded by tons of bars
that seem to crave anonymity behind their shabby exteriors and lack
of signage lies Drinkland--a place that wants to be cool but can't
help being just a bit too mainstream and popular for its own good.
Being mainstream on Avenue B is almost as bad as being caught without
your khakis on East 77th Street--or so the locals would have you think.
Somehow Drinkland manages to rise above its locale and maintain a
modicum of class in an otherwise downtrodden landscape. That translates
to showered and primped people coming from other neighborhoods to
enjoy an evening of loud house music in a decent atmosphere. Get here
before 10 PM and sit in one of the funky rooms, or grab a table in
the main space, as the floor gets pretty crowded with dudes later
on in the night. Oh, if you're allergic to smoke or white vinyl, have
a bad case of tenitis, or have a tendency to get dizzy at the site
of giant spirals on the ceiling, you may want to stay away. [MF]