From Our Editors
The recent gentrification of the Lower East Side may have somewhat upgraded the caliber of Parkside Lounge’s clientele, but the divey ambiance remains in sufficient quantity. Luckily, it’s mostly charming, especially in the heavily pockmarked woodwork, chalk dusty pool tables, mounted elk head, and retro neon that defines the bar’s old-school, scruffy feel. The bar room in front is best for drinks, lively chats, board games or a foosball match, while the 77-person backroom hosts nightly shows that span the gamut from burlesque, rock and electronic dance music to comedy and beyond. Skeeball aficionados also make ample use of Parkside’s two lanes, which perfectly fit the stuck-in-time décor. A whiskey bar in name, the cocktail list has a distinct New Orleans feel, with the Cajun Bloody Mary being the highlight.