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Katra Lounge

Submitted by on March 14, 2010 – 9:40 AMNo Comment
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217 Bowery (btwn Rivington and Prince)
New York, NY 10002

Hours of Operation:  Tuesday thru Saturday 5pm – 4am

Best Time To Go: Saturday Evenings

One year ago, one could just walk into this nightspot without worrying about a line – but oh how the times have changed… Now there’s only one word to describe Katra Lounge on a Saturday evening: POPPIN!

Just a short walk from the 6 Train at Spring St or NR train at Prince, Katra is conveniently located in Downtown Manhattan. With its eastern-inspired décor Katra Lounge gives off a very Middle Eastern/Moroccan vibe.

If you want to get in on a Friday or Saturday night be prepared to wait in line. Don’t worry – it’s not a long line and the bouncers are pretty friendly. But once you do get in be prepared to fight your way through a large crowd to get to the coat check or bar. It’s very difficult to move around , even in the second bar/lounge area located downstairs, so be sure to pick a spot and plan yourself there as it will be hard to move around. Once you’re inside you’ll be immersed into a world of trendy young people.

After you’ve made your way to the bar be prepared to be served beer only by the bottle. Amongst the plethora of Lychee Martinis and Pomegranate Martinis beer drinkers have the option of getting a bottle of Bud, Bud Light, New Castle, Guinness, Amstel, Heineken, Heineken Light and Corona. Drink prices are typical for any sophisticated nightclub in New York City.

Should you decide to eat while there, be prepared to indulge in a number of Middle Eastern inspired meals. If you’re interested in a small plate go for the Crab Cakes or Shrimp. If you’re craving a larger meal go for the Grilled Baby Lamb Chops.

If you’re there for after work drinks of dinner on a weekday you can expect to sit back and relax in a lounge-like atmosphere with current music in the background. If you check out the place during a weekend you’ll be sure to fight through a huge crowd. Choose a night based on what you’re looking for – a crowded club scene or a serene restaurant/bar, but no matter when you go expect to have a good time.

Pros: Great music, great crowd

Cons: Overcrowded

Rating:  5 out of 5