When I was growing up, my recently-divorced mother had a group of recently-divorced friends who all used to go out and try to meet men together. All of them were looking for love — or whatever rough approximation of it that they could fit in between work, family, and some surprisingly contentious PTA meetings — but my mother had one friend who seemed to be looking a little harder than everyone else. Her name was Lydia, and her drive for companionship seemed to make her a bit of a pariah among the singles mixer crew all of whom were legit looking for second husbands like it was their second job. How could I tell that Lydia was "desperate," as my mom often described her?
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The Penrose—named for a neighborhood in Cork, Ireland, where two of the owners grew up—brings a bit of the indie-chic East Village to Gossip Girl territory. Tucked away on an aggressively average block in the doorman-less part of the Upper East Side, a set of red-velvet ropes leads to a heavy black door. The underground speakeasy seems like a seductive bachelor pad from the s, where the attentive staff serves gussied-up drinks for the parties of overlapping limbs and fused-together faces. A custom draft system for the beer controls the pressure for optimal fizz. Upper East Side regulars can get a taste of the Highlands at this Scottish tavern, pouring varieties of Scotch and other whiskeys.
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The original outpost of T. From Prohibition-era speakeasies to the rum-heavy tiki drinks of the nineteen-thirties, fashions in cocktails are as cyclical as clothing trends or baby names; even the regrettable ones are liable to make a comeback. Fern bars were the original preppy hangout, defined by their sugary drinks and faux-domestic interiors, including stained-glass lamps and potted plants. At the height of cocktail culture, in the late nineteenth century, the United States had boasted one saloon for every two hundred and fifty people, but few respectable ladies ever frequented those establishments.