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5 Networking Bars in 2015’s Hottest New 'Hoods

New York

2015 is going to be good to Lower Manhattan, Dumbo, Bushwick, Prospect Heights and Midtown West. With their business growth comes the important question: “Where's happy hour?” Well, Bisnow has you covered with some favorite bars in the up and coming business areas of 2015.

Gallow Green
Neighborhood: Chelsea

The vision is finally becoming a reality as Hudson Yards begins to take shape on the West Side. The $20B project will bring over 100 shops and five new office towers. So where will all these people drink when they get off work? We imagine a number of bars will pop up in the area, but for now try Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel. The rooftop bar is lush…with greenery of course, and the theatrical vibe is good for brainstorming.

Where: 542 W 27th St, Chelsea

68 Jay Street Bar
Neighborhood: Dumbo

From Kingdom Hall to Jared’s Kushdom: Jared Kushner is converting the former Watchtower Buildings into 80k SF of retail spaces and high-tech offices for creative and cutting-edge technology businesses. Leases include Etsy and WeWork with many more to come. After a long day of brainstorming, try 68 Jay Street, already a favorite networking spot among design execs and creatives in the area. 

Where: 68 Jay St (naturally), Dumbo

Full Shilling
Neighborhood: Downtown

Time Inc, Revlon and Conde Nast are just a few leaders of the exodus downtown. And Westfield Group’s massive 16-acre, 365k SF multi-level retail mall at One World Trade Center will only bring more. Not to mention, Essex Crossing, the new six-acre, 1.9M SF LES mixed-use project is expected to break ground this spring. You should check out authentic Irish pub Full Shilling, a Wall Street favorite for winding down after a long day of…making boatloads of money.

Where: 160 Pearl St, FiDi

Hot Bird Bar
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill

It might seem too touristy already, but you almost can’t avoid the boom downtown Brooklyn is experiencing. And the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project is still to come. Hot Bird Bar is apparently so popular it had to ban babies. (Because Reese Witherspoon isn’t the only one who thinks it’s odd to bring a baby in a bar.) This new detail may have angered some mothers, but young, childless professionals are rejoicing. Stop by at the end of the day to fill your belly and collaborate with co-workers. But bring cash. No credit cards accepted.

Where: 825 Atlantic Ave, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights 

Forrest Point
Neighborhood: Bushwick

Last week, we talked about Savanna getting in on the hot Bushwick market, bringing 165K SF of office space for creative and tech companies. Add that to the 977-unit mixed-use project across the street and you have a lot of employees who are going to need a watering hole. Take a load off at Forrest Point where a giant painted elephant at the door says it all. (Actually, what does it say?) This bar has the perfect quirky, Bushwick vibe with a décor straight out of the Swiss Family Robinson. Outside, there’s enough room for you and 69 of your closest co-workers to brainstorm, collaborate or just reflect on the day in landscaped bliss.

Where: 970 Flushing Ave, Bushwick