Like a box of fine china or a man covered in ants, cocktails just beg to be shaken. Stir up the nightlife with today's Groupon to Dive Bar. Choose between the following options (cover charge not included):
• For $125, you get VIP accommodations for six people (a $250 value).
• For $10, you get $20 worth of à la carte drinks.
At Dive Bar, people sip on premium cocktails in an underwater-themed wonderland that includes a 7,500-gallon aquarium above the bar in which live merwomen and mermen glide through the water and drink beer. VIP accommodations treat six people to the undivided attention of a private cocktail server and exclusive reserved seating. The VIP experience includes all mixers other than Red Bull with bottle service, includes tax and gratuity, eliminates waiting in lines, and causes people to feel as privileged as the first lemming to jump off the cliff. VIP guests receive one bottle of liquor––their choice of Grey Goose, Belvedere, Johnnie Walker Black Label, or Crown Royal.
Leather, high-backed chairs cradle guests, and chandeliers and refurbished, illuminated brick walls conjure a lair-like ambiance reminiscent of Batman's cave or Pat Boone's bomb shelter. Libation layerers concoct specialty cocktails with the likes of Effen vodka, Jägermeister, and other premium liquors, and cooling mugs of draft beer and glasses of wine slow dance with patrons' palms during various drink specials. Dive Bar blasts music from a 6-foot-tall digital jukebox where patrons can dock their own iPods to blare playlists, wage song battles, or play MP3s of themselves reciting poetry. Dive Bar's innovative audio system rocks eardrums throughout the premises, even in the bathrooms, so that tuneful accompaniment scores the entire night.
Mermaids and mermen are a surprisingly common sight at Dive Bar. Fin-clad entertainers spend their evenings elegantly swimming through the 7,500-gallon aquarium that hangs over the bar’s stone countertops, charming guests as the bartenders mix an array of classic and contemporary cocktails. Exposed brickwork, black-leather armchairs, and a dangling chandelier don’t necessarily continue the nautical theme, but they do contribute to the overwhelmingly luxuriant ambiance.
Live musicians grace the bar’s stage on Wednesdays, whereas Thursdays feature a dueling-piano show that brings to mind Billy Joel and Elton John’s legendary joust to the death. In addition to hosting DJ performances, the lounge pumps out dance-worthy tunes until as late as 2 a.m., even allowing customers to connect their iPods to the sound system and either play their favorite song or the shortest chapter from their favorite audiobook.