My Sugarland’s stylish carboot sale

Lovely London boutique My Sugarland is hosting a stylish car boot sale this weekend, as super stylist Zoe Lem has a clearout. The TV and celebrity favourite is getting rid of all sorts of styling clothes and props – and you know what that means? All the best stuff. We’ve all got giddy during a fashion editorial, only to scan the credits and see the heart-sinking words: “sequinned skull cap, stylist’s own”. Well, here’s your chance to rummage through that stuff.

Visit Sugarland HQ in Angel between 10am and 6pm on Sunday 30 January, to get your mitts on all sorts of treats – with prices starting at a teeny tiny £5. My Sugarland say there’s gonna be vintage and designer clothing for women, men, and children, as well as props a-go-go.

I would say I’ll see you there, but unfortunately (well, sort of) I’m going to Manchester this weekend with work. Curse the hair industry and its Sunday/Monday weekends. Anyway – it’s bound to be full of one-off treats so get your butts up there. Ca$h only!

Big pink furry jacket

As Twitter followers may be aware, I spent today on the hunt for sensible footwear. I had planned to go to Snow + Rock, but the furry boots I had my heart set on were nowhere to be seen. Every other ‘outdoorsy’ shop I went in was shit, so I got over it by buying this.

Just in case you can’t make it out, it’s a a Pepto Bismal/blancmange shade of pink, with contrasting black and pink crcohet detail. The shoulder pads are so wide I look like an inverted triangle. It is furry. It’s a bit Chanel tweed jacket inspired in shape. In its own sweet, sick way, it nails the chubby trend and the ultra-faux fur look. It’s everything I hoped for and more, and I don’t care how hideous anyone else may think it is. In fact, I look forward to seeing how badly it goes down in the office.

And as for the footwear? Well, I ended up going on ASOS when I got home and getting some Fairisle knit Snowjoggers, so all’s well that ends well.

Style icon: Rachel Menken

I know I’m about three years late to the party with Mad Men, but I’m finally here. I think the problem with our burgeoning relationship was that I was so obsessed with The Wire that when it ended I thought I’d never love again. What could possibly fill the hole? Nothing, that’s what. Everyone told me I’d love Mad Men, but I didn’t want to hear it. On paper it sounded right for me, but I didn’t want to replace my first love. I wasn’t in the right place. At least I wasn’t for three years or so. I still think about The Wire all the time, but I’ve decided that now it’s time for me to make a little bit of space in my heart for someone new.

I’m currently on season one, episode ten, and while the internet has RUINED Mad Men for me, spoiler-wise, I’m still enjoying it immensely. Predictably, the clothes are KILLING ME, but everything about it is ace really. The office smoking and drinking is fascinating/amazing. Today someone at work cleared out their desk and found a photo of them in the office in the 70s, havin’ a fag. It’s so hard to get your head round, although I did temp at a national paper where whisky from a crystal decanter at all hours was a part of the working life.

Anyway, forget Betty, Peggy, and Joan; my favourite wardrobe of season one belongs to Don’s pal, Rachel Menken. She shares my name, she’s Jewish, she’s a feminist; what’s not to love? All these pictures are from the AMAZING Tom and Lorenzo blog. Top work chaps, much appreciated.

Vintage Versace tigerstripe heels

I’m normally incapable of getting out of bed in the morning, but when I have a breakfast meeting I seem to leap out of bed as soon as the alarm goes, then spend two hours sitting around at home. It’s like time I wasn’t supposed to have! I have WON time back from the day. It’s essentially time travel??

I still have a glorious ten minutes until I need to think about leaving the house, ten minutes to spend considering buying these:

Vintage Versace (well, Versus) tiger stripe heels, $140, F Kellerman on Etsy

Vintage shopping in Sheffield: favourite shops from a second-hand fiend

A couple of months ago a reader asked me for advice on vintage shopping in my hometown of Sheffield. I finally returned to the  motherland this weekend and took the opportunity to do a bit of shopping… all in the name of research. Sorry for the shit pictures, people in Sheffield seemingly get weirded out if you take photos in the street. Or maybe they just thought I looked weird?

Mysterious vintage shop, corner of Carver Street and Devonshire Street

Now updated to Ryan Vintage, corner of Carver Street and Devonshire Street

If this place has an actual name, do let me know. Please bear in mind that I don’t actually live in Sheffield any more so all my information is based on quarterly visits… As far as I gather, this place opened at Christmas. Loads of my friends went and raved about it, but I somehow completely missed it and didn’t have time to go before the holidays were over. I was hoping it would still be open (you know how these vintage shops appear and disappear with alarming regularity) and joy of joys, it was.

This place is basically the concrete shell of what used to be Yates Wine Lodge. There are no fittings, no floor, no décor of which to speak… in fact at the back of the shop there’s a big pile of rubble fenced off with clothes. Garments are displayed on rails and there are wooden pallets on the floor for shoes and handbags. All that said, the stock is great. Not having shop fittings (or changing rooms, or a till) really keeps costs down and if you’re a dedicated vintage rummager, you can only benefit from that.

There were piles of good things in here, sort of arranged by order of interest — i.e., stick the Barbours right by the door — and everything else was just lumped into skirts/dresses/coats/tops. Seemed to be a good amount of menswear too, but I didn’t have much time so didn’t investigate further. Lots of 90s sportswear — good Adidas track jackets, that kind of thing. I’d say coats and accessories are the strong point here, because although there were loads of dresses they were just a bit overwhelming. Still, I bought a black and red ladybird-esque maxi dress which I need to a get a picture of so I guess I should give the dresses a thumbs up too.

Easily the most annoying thing about this shop was the lack of a price on anything. I know that taking the time to price things would also add time/costs but it’s a bit of a pain. I guess it opens things up to haggling too, but I didn’t have the time or energy so just asked them what they wanted for my haul and paid and got out of there. They don’t take cards, be aware – there are plenty of cash machines around the area though, just remember to go first.

Freshmans, 6-8 Carver Street

How do I love Freshmans? Let me count the fucking ways. Freshmans is Devonshire Street”s original and best vintage shop in my opinion, and I have been shopping there most of my life. After my mum, it’s the first thing I want to see when I get home.

Freshmans used to be upstairs at the Forum, which was then Sheffield’s huge ~alternative~ emporium. If you’re familiar with Affleck’s Palace in Manchester, it was like that but on a small scale. A big old warehouse affair filled with vintage shops, head shops, piercers, record stores… God it was ace.

Anyway Freshmans took up most of the top floor and I spent most Saturdays in there picking up cheongsam and PVC coats in a bid to look like Lauren Laverne. THOSE WERE THE DAYS. Anyway, Freshmans has moved around quite a bit since then but has finally settled in this big space on Carver Street.

I have to be brutally honest and inform you that lately Freshmans has been selling more ‘refashioned’ vintage — get a nice vintage dress, chop it up, resell it — and more Pop Boutique brand stuff, but I completely understand that they need to include that kind of thing to make money so I forgive them.

Still, it doesn’t affect the quality of the vintage they do sell, in fact even if the selection is smaller, it’s better. I think it’s fair to say they have more menswear than women’s, but again, it’s such a good edit I can’t complain.

On my Christmas visit to Freshmans I picked up a pristine Barbour for £15 and they have loads in stock at the moment too. Great coats, good dresses and loads of brilliant old metal t-shirts (although it does weird me out that Slipknot is now considered vintage ha!). Also brilliant for jewellery and handbags.

I love Freshmans and even if they end up selling one dress for every 100 Pop Boutique pair of courdroys, I’ll still be there. The staff are all ace, friendly and knowledgeable. THUMBS UP.

Cow, 156-160 West Street

I feel like I’m cheating on Freshmans by even talking about Cow, but here goes. Cow is the new kid on the block, although I think it’s probably coming up to a year since I first went now. Cow is the kind of vintage shop you get in London but without the prices: really clean, quirky interior, edited collections by trend. It shouldn’t make a difference — and to the dedicated vintage fiend, it doesn’t — but if you want to get people through the door, making the shop as friendly, bright and welcoming as this does make a difference.

The downstairs has so many handbags displayed on bookshelves that I have not to this day been able to face looking at them. There are SO many. Look nice and all, but I’ve just been overwhelmed every time. The rest of the downstairs is divided equally into his and hers and I have been really impressed on my past visits at how in tune with trends they are.

This time there was a whole rail of pastel trench coats, lots of black lace items arranged nicely, floral jumpsuits artfully displayed. It all looks good and there’s a lot of choice. Upstairs is more of the same, again arranged really nice and clearly. Much as I like a rummage, it’s nice to have a clear run at things sometimes and this place definitely does all the hard work of editing out the crap for you.

I didn’t buy anything on this visit but last time I was there I got some Betty Barclay nautical trousers that I thought were a maxi skirt and a yellow lace maxi dress that I lived in on holiday in Italy. This time I was going to buy some Gucci sandals and Ferragamo flats, but I was in one of those shopping slumps where it just didn’t happen. They were about £20 I think, which gives a good idea on prices.

A new addition at Cow is the sale room where it’s three items for a tenner. There was a tonne of t-shirts in there, loads of knitwear, more Hawaiian print stuff than I’ve ever seen in my life and quite a lot of dresses. It was manic in that room, but if you were in the mood for a rummage you’d come up out with all sorts of gems, I’m sure.

I have one small gripe with Cow, and it’s a weird one. The rails downstairs are sort of rectangular. This means you can’t sweep items along for a quick scan, which is my preferred method of vintage shopping. Maybe it’s a sales tactic because you have to look at each thing individually then kind of shuffle it along, but it does my NUT in. Sort it out Cow!

Bang Bang, 19 Westfield Terrace

I didn’t take a picture of Bang Bang: unlike most Sheffield vintage shops they have a fully functioning website. With a blog! And information! I don’t know how long Bang Bang has been around but I’ve only been visiting it since Christmas 2009.

Here’s the thing with Bang Bang: it’s always really quiet. Unnervingly so. The first time I went in I took a bunch of things to try on and when I came out of the changing room there was no-one in sight. It’s creepy! No customers, one member of staff who’d gone AWOL… I found it a bit odd and whenever I’ve been in since it’s been similarly quiet.

UPDATE: Even though I received a comment from Bang Bang, it has remained unnervingly quiet on the last three occasions I have visited. I don’t like the American sales tactic of pretending to be your pal – I love a quiet browse. That said, it is a bit weird to never see anyone…

Bang Bang have really beautiful clothes with prices that are more Manchester than London vintage — £30-40 for a pristine cocktail dress, that kind of thing. I haven’t bought anything here yet but they have a really good selection of stock and it’s all ‘proper’ vintage too — none of your Clockhouse at C&A here. I’m really impressed with it and it’s a new stop on my Sheffield shopping trips.

Syd and Mallory, The Forum

A new discovery. It’s great to have vintage shops back in the Forum – as I mentioned, it used to be such a great shopping location and I’m glad they’re trying to bring that back. Syd and Mallory sells a combination of furniture and interior knickknacks and vintage clothing, as well as a few new pieces. I really like the atmosphere in this place and the staff are lovely too.

On my first visit, I bought a 1930s sideboard for £25 and on my second I bought some pristine Ferragmo flats for £8 so… say no more?

Lottiebel’s Boutique, The Forum

Right opposite Syd and Mallory is Lottibel’s Boutique, another lovely new addition to the Forum’s shopping options. Selling a combination of really good vintage and new pieces of jewellery and gift bits, prices are cheap and the picks are really good. The owner sells at a few really good vintage fairs, so I think it’s safe to say she knows her stuff.

Friendly, cheap, good pieces… Ah, Sheffield.

Brag Vintage - online vintage store based in Sheffield

Brag Vintage

Hip, hip hooray! If you can’t make it to Sheffield to make the most of our bountiful vintage shops in person, there’s no need to miss out on the good stuff. Brag Vintage is an online store founded and based in Sheffield – all the fun of bountiful, bargain secondhand stores with all the ease of online shopping. They have a seriously huge range of both men’s and women’s pieces and update the store regularly, just like sticking your head in your favourite IRL shop – seriously, we’re talking ASOS levels of new stock.

Prices are reasonable, they ship internationally and there’s a nice solid returns policy, which is always handy when you’re buying vintage online.

What with this being the 21st century, you’ll also not be surprised to hear that they have a really nice blog as well as a Facebook page where you can check out what’s new – as well as trend-related stuff, which may come in handy for those less keen to sift through the extensive range.

A word on charity shops

Sheffield used to be awesome for charity shops, but all the good ones in the town centre seem to have gone – as is the way in most towns.

There’s still the British Heart Foundation opposite the Peace Gardens and Help The Aged on Norfolk Row, but otherwise the city centre is pretty lacking. Moorgate (The Moor) used to have loads of great shops, including the YMCA where nothing was more than £2. Everything has been knocked down now for the new market development so I can’t think of any at all down that end. There are a few shops opposite the Peace Gardens worth a nose but not many more.

It’s still worth a trip down Moorgate though I reckon — there’s the great haberdashery stall on the old market and, of course, Atkinsons. Atkinsons is Sheffield’s own department store — that dying breed. It’s a real mixed bag of stuff, but always worth a look and if you need shoes reheeling or a new zip in boots or something, you can get it done here for about a fiver. Me and Charleen always save up our shoe repairs until a Sheffield visit because it’s just so much cheaper. Atkinsons also seemed to be the sole stockist in the north of the Henry Holland x Pretty Polly tights and someone (not me) might just have bought them all and sold them at a profit (again, not me)…

Back to charity shops. Head down Ecclesall Road for the student picks or, my preference, down Abbeydale Road South. Abbeydale Road is the route from my house to town and has loads of brilliant charity shops along the way. I papped them from a moving vehicle because I didn’t have much time for shopping this weekend, but I give you my word that you will find something brilliant in these ones. On that road you’ll also find lots of good antique shops for weird home bits — it’s definitely worth a wander.

The Salvation Army Care & Share Shop, 228 Abbeydale Road South

Always amazing, always dirt cheap. Good for house stuff and knick knackery also.

Wow, great shot!

St Luke’s Hospice shop, 706 Abbeydale Road

There are a few St Luke’s in Sheffield, but this is the best in my opinion. It is FULL of amazing clothes, more at the glamorous granny end of the scale. I don’t mean that badly, if you want a pristine tea dress or quality winter coat, this is your best bet.

I also think it’s worth a drive out to Derbyshire if you have a vehicle at your disposal. Bakewell in particular is an untapped goldmine of brilliant charity shops. We used to go there after trips to Chatsworth and I’m never disappointed by their stock. If you want to look like a rich old woman who has a country house, shop in Bakewell charity shops. Barbours, quilted gilets, good hats. Awesome.

I guess that’s covered all my usual haunts… if any Sheffielders have anything I’ve missed then lemme know in a comment, I’m always on the lookout for more places to waste my money.

My Super Big New York Guide

Hi guys! This page got deleted when I moved over from my old blog but after some extraction work down at the coal face, it’s back in its rightful home. This guide is now… several years old so undoubtedly some stuff is out of date and I guess a lot of places will have closed. Sad face. Still, I hope it’s useful!

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The Super Big New York Guide

I’ve tried to make this list up of slightly off-the-track places, or places you wouldn’t find in your guide book. In fact, it mainly consists of personal favourite hangouts, shops that sell KISS stuff and bars where I like to drink. For that reason you won’t find Macy’s or the Oyster Bar at Grand Central on the list. Buy a book for those. Or better still, get out there and explore, right?

OMG SHOPPING

Academy Records
12 W. 18th St., New York, NY 10011 @ 5th Ave. (Check website for other locations)
Allegedly the cityís biggest second-hand record store.

Addy and Ferro
672 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11217 @ S. Elliott St.
Boho (remember that?) boutique, with vintage-inspired finds personally hunted down by the owners (that would be Addy and Ferro).

Air Market
97 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003 @ 12th St
For all your Hello Kitty, J-pop, and Cutie needs. Cool street brands sold here too, bizarrely.

Albertine
13 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014 @ Gay St (check website for other locations)
Super-girly boutique with one-off and designer pieces to make your purse cry.

Alife Rivington Club
158 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002 @ Clinton St.
Just about the coolest trainer (sorry, sneaker) shop in the world. No sign, just a mysterious buzzer.

Alpana Bawa
70 E. 1st St., New York, NY 10003 @ First Ave.
The ex-Comme des Garcons’ designer now runs this store selling her own brand. Eastern designs with a distinct NY-edge.

Andy’s Chee-pees
37 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10003 @ Second Ave. (Other branches too so check the site!)
Vintage shopping the way it should be. Cheap and piled high.

Atomic Passion
430 E. 9th St., New York, NY 10009 @ First Ave.
Huge vintage store, with good prices and great quality.

Heard these guys closed 😦

Beacon’s Closet
88 N. 11th St. Brooklyn, New York NY 11211
New York’s favourite, but probably most expensive, vintage store.

Big Drop
174 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
All the newest designers, denim labels and hip and happening kids. No place for old folk like me.

Bleecker Bobs
118 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012
Vintage record store, with a heavy emphasis on punk and metal. You say that like it’s a bad thing.

Book Marc
400 Bleecker Street NY 10014
The Marc Jacobs bookstore – right opposite his main store – sells a brilliantly curated range of books ranging from antique finds to new releases. Bookmar(k)s, gifts, novelty items – all sorts o’ treats.

Catbird
390 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211 @ Havemeyer St.
Teeny tiny boutique selling cute one-offs and handmade bits and bobs.

Century 21
22 Cortlandt St., New York, NY 10007 @ Church St.
A bit like Hell, a bit like Heaven. Huge, packed, discount department store. The heavy, heavy reductions on names like Miu  Miu, Marni and Marc Jacobs (and loads more designers not beginning with M) make the crowds (almost) worthwhile. Go EARLY. Their tagline of ‘fashion worth fighting for’ isn’t cute, it’s accurate.

Dave’s Quality Meat
7 E. 3rd St., New York, NY 10003 @ Bowery
No meat here. This store is beloved of skaters and sneakerheads for its huge range of labels and styles. Although you ca’t pick up a kilo of sausages, they will wrap your purchases up like meat, if that helps.

DDC Lab
427 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014 @ Ninth Ave.
Expensive but interesting designer store with lots of new names and interesting designs. Good for fashion students who like to do stealth sketches in the changing rooms of strange pockets. That kinda place.

Deco Etc.
122 W. 25th St., New York NY 10001 @ Seventh Ave.
Fairly expensive, but definitely worth it. Gorgeous array of mid-century design Lucite jewels, purses, and accessories. Tonnes of brilliant antiques too.

Dernier Cri
869 Washington St., New York, NY 10014 @ 14th St.
International womenswear boutique with a rock and roll edge: think Sonia Rykiel and Mawi.

Closed 😦

Eleven
15 Prince St., New York, NY 10012 @ Elizabeth St.
Discrete, kinda secret vintage store. It has to be secret, there’s no other reason foe the $5 cowboy boots and $2 dresses. Surely?

Family Jewels
Cute, good quality vintage, reasonably priced. Less sifting through the shit required here: it’s all amazing.

Fuego 718
249 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Dreamy Mexican shop in Williamsburg selling all the tat, crafts and amazing treats you could hope for.

Generation Records
210 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
Vinyl lovers rejoice! This is a haven of hard-to-find, must-own music. CDs too, so don’t panic kids.

Giant Robot
437 E. 9th St., New York, NY 10009 @ Ave. A
Cool Japanese nick-nacks and comic books and weird shit.

Girlprops
153 Prince St., New York, NY 10012 @ West Broadway
Just about my favourite store in the world. Like Claire’s Accessories but a million times cooler, and 1/3 of the price. Go here.

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
25th Street between Broadway and 6th.
My favourite flea market. Bargain basement prices, piles of clothes, jewellery, accessories and home-ware, for obscenely low prices. And obligitory hotdogs!

I  Heart
262 Mott St., New York, NY 10012 @ Prince St.
Not the official tourist store, despite the name. Bad-ass urban-y boutique featuring the likes of Tatty Devine and Philip Lim. Tough but girly, expensive but worth it.

Closed 😦

In God We Trust
265 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012
Cool but affordable jewellery, engraved hipflasks and the best business card holders ever. In-store dog too!

Intermix
125 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10003
European and American designers. Stores all over the city, but the original is the best.

Jeffrey
449 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014 @ Tenth Ave.
Super-cool store flogging fresh off the runway looks.

Kirna Zabete
96 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012
Sophisticated, but decidedly avant garde boutique, beloved of stylists and the Olsen twins. Don’t let that put you off, ho ho.

Love Saves The Day
119 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003 @ 7th St.
Fun vintage store, selling everything from retro KISS toys to 1950ís aprons. All cheap too!

Wahhhh closed 😦

Metropolis
43 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003 @ 10th St.
Cheapo vintage store, with a rock and roll edge. Pretty sure I had a nice glass of milk next door to here once, ah happy days.

Mini Mini Market
218 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211 @ N. 5th St.
Kitschy tomboy store, selling all sorts of fun crap that you donít need, but really want. Kind of like Fred Flare, in real life.

Mxyplyzyk
125 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10014 @ 13th St.
Hey Mxyplyzyk, why the hard to pronounce name? Quirky and cute home décor and gift store.

New York Vintage
117 W. 25th St., New York NY 10001 @ Seventh Ave.
Next door to my old office, this place is piled high with top-end vintage designer. A little pricey (Chanel, YSL, Jean Muir and more!), but excellent selection. You can pick up great scarves and accessories for cheaper and there’s also a great Salvation Army or something just next door and a good coffee shop too!

Olive and Bette’s
158 Spring Street, New York NY 10012
Cutesy girly boutique, featuring all sorts of new designers and local talent.

Opening Ceremony
35 Howard St., New York, NY 10013 @ Broadway
Hippedy happening boutique that you’ve all heard of by now. Kind of a New York version of Colette.

Passout Records
131 Grand St Brooklyn, New York NY 11211
Small but brilliant punk record store.

Patricia Field
302 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 @ 1st St.
Home of the stylist extraordinaire, this store stocks every possible item of clothing you might have dreamed of. False eyelashes, hooker shoes, leopard print, spangle, glitter. That kinda thing.

Pearl River
477 Broadway, New York, NY 10013 @ Grand St.
]Huge Chinese superstore, selling just about everything you might ever want but didn’t know. Case in point: I bought a laundry bag and a creepy wooden doll.

Rags-A-Go-Go
218 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10011 @ Seventh Ave.
Jumble sale-style vintage store. That’s no bad thing. They sell loads of dirndls so you can get ready for Oktoberfest.

Ricky’s
Branches all over the city
Super cheap, super fabulous beauty store. For all your beauty, hair, fancy-dress, and novelty needs. Cute vintage-style packaging on their own brands too. I guess it’s like Sallly but better.

Screaming Mimi’s
382 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003 @ 4th St.
There’s a reason this vintage store is so famous. So it’s not the cheapest second-hand store you’ll visit, but it’s pretty special all the same.

Search and Destroy
25 Saint Marks Pl., New York, NY 10003
Legendary NY punk store for all your patches, stickers, records, and studded items.

Sodafine
119 Grand St. , Brooklyn, NY 11211 @ Berry St.
Eco-friendly hipster boutique. Lots of interesting stuff.

This n That
124 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001
Heaps of vintage jewellery at reasonable prices. Still, this place is beloved of stylists and designers for a reason, so it’s not bargain basement. Great selection of Bakelite, which is akin to manna from Heaven for me.

TG170
170 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002 @ Stanton St.
One of NY’s first indie-ish designer boutiques, this pretty place is home to all sorts of cool little designers and new imports.

Tokio 7
64 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10003 @ First Ave.
Consignment store featuring the likes of Yohji and Acne. Not your run of the mill vintage, but prices match the labels.

Trash and Vaudeville
4 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10003 @ Third Ave.
Legendary St Marks Place punk store, selling suitably rock and roll clothing. If you don’t go, your inner 14 year old may never forgive you.

What Goes Around Comes Around
351 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013 @ Broome St.
op end vintage, with prices to match. It’s mostly worth it, too.

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Binge Drinking

7B
108 Ave. B @ 7th , New York, NY 10009
Punk bar featured in lots of films — Crocodile Dundee, anyone? Yeah, me too. Loads of beers, photo booths and arcade games.

American Trash
1471 First Ave., New York, NY 10021
Neighbourhood dive bar with good nights and entertaining clientele. And now, apparently, food. Yeah!

The Anchor
310 Spring St., New York, NY 10013 @ Greenwich St.
Slightly more upscale dive bar, kind of like a nice London pub. Cool antler chandeliers — like a hunting lodge but with good booze. On 2010 inspection, the site looks like it might be a clubby now. Hmmm.

Arlene’s Grocery
95 Stanton St., New York, NY 10002 @ Ludlow St.
The classic NY punk venue — visit on Mondays for punk rock karaoke if nothing else.

Beauty Bar
231 E. 14th St., New York, NY 10003 @ Second Ave.
Old-school beauty parlour where you can enjoy swanky cocktails and manicures at the same time. Neato.

Bierkraft
191 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Amazing craft beer off-licence which also boasts a fantastic in-house sandwich shop. Some of the tastiest clubs I’ve ever inhaled – and you can drink the beer that you’ve picked off the shelves, or choose from one of the many, many guest ales.

Boxcar Lounge
168 Ave. B, New York, NY 10009 @ 11th St.
Subway-train style bar with amazing back garden.

Cherry Tavern
441 E. 6th St., New York, NY  @ Ave. A
Friendly Irish bar with lots of pool and brilliant jukebox.

Happy Ending
302 Broome St., New York, NY 10002 @ Forsythe St.
Sleazy-ish bar (used to be a massage parlour, the clue’s in the name) with great cocktails.

Hi-Fi
169 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009 @ 11th St.
Cheap booze, huge jukebox, good times. Sometimes you don’t need a gimmick.

Hogs and Heifers
859 Washington St., New York, NY 10014 @ 13th St.
Bras, beer, bikers. OK, it’s a bit of a tourist attraction but still worth a visit.

Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002 @ Delancey St.
Taxidermy and rock ‘n’ roll. This place is decked out like your nan’s house, but that’s what hipsters are into these days. Perverts.

John Street Bar and Grill
17 John St., New York, NY 10038 @ Nassau St.
The only good bar in the financial district. That’s a challenge and I raise you to it.

Lakeside Lounge
162 Ave. B, New York, NY 10009 @ 10th St.
I really love this place. Great bands, great photobooth, nice atmosphere.

Larry Lawrence
295 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 @ Havemeyer St.
Another hipster favourite. Features a lot of wood.

Lit Lounge
93 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003 @ 5th St.
Decent bands, fun nights. Bit of a sweat box but a good night out all the same.

Lucy’s Bar
135 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009 @ 9th St.
Genuine Polish-owned dive bar, still run by Lucy 30 years later. Good if you’re on the hunt for a Zywiec outside the UK. Mmm Zywiec.

Mama’s Bar
34 Ave. B, New York, NY 10009 @ 3rd St.
More taxidermy, this time with added fairylights and cocktails.

Manitoba’s
99 Ave. B, New York, NY 10009 @ 6th St.
Owned and run by the legendary Handsome Dick Manitoba of The Dictators fame, this place has my number one favourite juke box ever.

Mars Bar
25 E. 1st St., New York, NY 10003 @ Second Ave.
Tiny punk hangout. This is a bonafide dive bar and all the better for it. As the NY Times says, ‘go ahead, drink yourself to death. That’s what everyone does here.’

Max Fish
178 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002 @ Houston St.
The number one cliché hipster hangout as referenced in every book about New York wasters ever. They’re all kind of over it now, but it’s still fun.

Mona’s
224 Ave. B, New York, NY 10009 @ 13th St.
Old school irish punk bar. Don’t ask for a Cosmopolitan. Otherwise very welcoming.

Motor City
127 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002 @ Delancey St.
Like drinking in a garage. But in a good way.

Otto’s Shrunken Head
538 E. 14th St., New York, NY 10009 @ Ave. B
Amazingly brilliant Tiki bar.

Pianos
158 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002 @ Stanton St.
A bit more upmarket than my usual joints, but good nights all the same. And if the Mancunian barman is still upstairs, he’ll give you free drinks for being English.

Rudy’s Bar and Grill
627 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10036 @ 44th St.
My favourite place on the planet. Best neighbourhood bar ever — dirty yard, killer jukebox, hot dogs, popcorn, cheap beer — I have wet dreams about this place.

Scratcher
209 E. 5th St., New York, NY 10003 @ Bowery
Genuinie Irish bar, always attracts a good crowd. No logo on the foam.

Sweet and Vicious
5 Spring St., New York, NY 10012 @ Bowery
Kind of Medieval inspired interior but a neat-o garden and good cocktails.

Sweet Paradise
14 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002 @ Canal St.
Former brothel and sweet shop, now just a good bar with good bands.

Trailer Park Lounge
271 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011 @ Eighth Ave.
Kind of a theme bar, but in a non-shit way.

Zum Schneider
107 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009 @ 7th St.
Obligatory Bavarian-style beer hall — celebrate Oktoberfest there in style, along with the rest of NYC.

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Nightclubbing

The Annex
152 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002 @ Rivington St.
Indie heaven, complete with a stage for the hippest new hipster band to show off.

Baraza
133 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009 @ 9th St.
Latin-style bar with awesome cocktails and dark corners to hide in.

Bowlmore Lanes
110 University Pl., New York, NY 10003 @ 13th St.
Bowling and booze = a winning combination if ever there was one. Suitably retro.

Bungalow 8
515 W. 27th St., New York, NY 10001 @ Tenth Ave.
Obscenely expensive celeb favourite, dress to impress.

Club Exit
149 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222 @ Manhattan Ave.
Polish club which attracts everyone from glamorous Eastern European chicks to greasy rockers.

The Delancey
168 Delancey St., New York, NY 10002 @ Clinton St.
No attitude rock club with a brilliant roof terrace, BBQ, and obligatory palm trees. Bands in the basement.

Don Hills
511 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013 @ Spring St.
Birthplace of legendary hipster night, Misfits, this Soho club is actually still pretty fun and boasts a neat interior as well as dependable music.

Fat Baby
112 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002 @ Essex St.
Unpretentious grungy club with cheap booze, good bands, good times.

Hiro Ballroom
371 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011 @ Ninth Ave.
Located in the basement of the hip Maritime hotel, the Japanese themed Hiro Ballroom is simply beautiful, even if it looks like the set of Kill Billís slaughter scene. Definitely, definitely worth a visit.

Home
532 W. 27th St., New York, NY 10001 @ Tenth Ave.
Very cool, very expensive club, full of celebs and rich boys buying girls drinks.

Karma
51 First Ave., New York, NY 10003 @ 3rd St.
You can smoke inside here! Very dark, very secret, very fun.

Knitting Factory
74 Leonard St., New York, NY 10013 @ Church St.
Legendary music venue still attracts good bands — always worth checking who’s on. Great bar too.

Kush
191 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002 @ Stanton St.
Beautifully decorated hookah bar which tends to attract a sophisticated crowd.

Luna Lounge
361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211 @ Havemeyer St.
Another nicely-sized music venue with a great line-up and a really cheap bar.

Mehanata
113 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002 @ Delancey St.
Gogol Bordello approved Bulgarian bar. If you don’t have a good time here, you’re probably dead.

Pegu
77 W. Houston St., 2nd fl, New York, NY 10012 @ West Broadway
Swanky cocktail joint for swanky ladies.

Pussycat Lounge
96 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10006 @ Rector St.
The strip club ití’s OK to like. It’s more fun upstairs away from the strippers anyway. Expensive but fun if you’re in the area.

Pyramid Club
101 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009 @ 6th.
[Ancient, fun, gay-friendly punk bar.

Rififi
332 E. 11th St., New York, NY 10003 @ First Ave.
Home to the sleazy, punk-tastic Trash night, burlesque dancers, and PBR drinkers. Fabulouso.

Santos

96 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013

This bar and club is owned by Andrew WK. Say no more. Party hard.

The Slipper Room
167 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002 @ Stanton St.
Red-light tinted burlesque and magic club — check the site for dates though, because it’s quiet on non-show nights. Home to Dr Sketchy’s too!

Soho House
29-35 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10014 @ 13th St.
If you’ve got a friend (of a friend of a friend) with a membership, this is a must-see for it’s members’ only luxe.

Vol de Nuit
148 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012 @ Sixth Ave.
Euro-style bar with a full range of continental beers. Neat-o cabin in the back garden is where the real fun happens.

The Volstead
125 E. 54th St., New York, NY 10022 @ Lexington Ave.
Named after the man behind the Prohibition act, this speakeasy-style club promises cocktails and cool DJs.

Warsaw
261 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222 @ Eckford St.
Beautiful old music hall, attracts some great names.

Welcome To The Johnson’s
123 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002 @ Essex St.
Decorated like your parent’s house, this place is more than just a theme club. Cheap, good drinks, and awesome people.

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Eating is cheating

1492
60 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002 @ Rivington St.
Tasty tapas, good range of port (always useful), nice atmoshphere. Really beautiful garden for sunny nights.

Balthazar
80 Spring St., New York, NY 10012 @ Broadway
Mid-range bistro with killer cocktails and tasty, tasty French food. Nice place to take parents, that kind of thing.

The Beatrice Inn
285 W. 12th St., New York, NY 10014 @ 4th St.
Run by Paul [brother of Chloe] Sevigny, the Beatrice is packed to the rafters with models, fashionistas and celebs. But don’t let that put you off.

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Bar Pitti
268 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10014 @ Bleecker St.
Awesome Tuscan food. Great place to take people for a genuine ‘I know this little Italian’ situation.

Bereket
187 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002 @ Orchard St.
24-hour kebabs.

BB Kings
237 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036 @ Seventh Ave.
Another tourist joint, but worth visiting at least once for the Gospel Brunch. Southern style soul food, served up to the sounds of the Harlem Gospel Choir = a truly unforgettable experience.

Bierkraft
191 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Amazing craft beer off-licence which also boasts a fantastic in-house sandwich shop. Some of the tastiest clubs I’ve ever inhaled – and you can drink the beer that you’ve picked off the shelves, or choose from one of the many, many guest ales.

Cafeteria
119 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10011 @ 17th St.
Smartened-up comfort road, beloved by everyone from hipsters to A-listers. Open 24-hours, so always busy after a long night.

Calcutta Cuisine of India
175 East 83rd St., New York, NY 10028 @ 34th
Best Indian in NY… because it’s the one in 200 Cigarettes.

Chat n Chew
10 E. 16th St., New York, NY 10003 @ Fifth Ave.
Decent value home-style cooking. Nice place for a huge tea that won’t cost an arm and leg.

Corner Bistro
331 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10014 @ Jane St.
A Village favourite, serving up artery-busting burgers and grilled cheese. Cheap n nasty but in the best possible way.

Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop
174 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010 @ 22nd St.
Another neighbourhood classic, run by the same family since 1929. Possibly the nicest staff in NYC.

Empanada Mama
763 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10019 @ 51st St.
Really, really, cheap. Something for everyone — Italian, Polish, Indian, Greek, Cuban… Nearly everything under $3.

Ess-a-Bagel
831 Third Ave., New York, NY 10022 @ 51st St.
There’s a good reason the queues here stretch for miles at lunchtime. Bit of a Beigel Bake situation.

Freemans
End of Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002
The best roast chicken I’ve ever eaten. Top cocktails, taxidermy, fun, no-fuss, delicious food.

Gimme! Coffee
495 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 @ Powers St.
Like Central Perk but real. Don’t be sick. Experts say it’s the best coffee in NY but I know that’s a bone of contention so let’s just say it’s a decent place for coffee and wifi.

Grimaldi’s
19 Old Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 @ Front St.
New Yorkers will also argue ’til the cows come home about where sells the best pizza. They don’t need to. It’s here. Of course when you’re drunk and on the way home your stomach might tell you that your local corner shop does.

Katz’s
205 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002 @ Ludlow St.
This New York institution is over 100 years old and has been serving up quality Jewish deli scran to hungry drunks/hipsters/tourists ever since. Part of your NYC must-do list.

Kenka
25 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10003 @ Second Ave.
[Awesome Japanese — try the bull’s penis or turkey testicles. Go on, I dare you.

Kitchenette
156 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007 @ Greenwich St.
Great, slightly kitschy neighbourhood bakery, also serves up nice lunches and cheap dinners.

Lovely Day
196 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10012 @ Prince St.
Thai cuisine in a Laura Ashley-tastic floral dining room. Brilliant! And cheap!

The Mermaid  Inn
96 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003 @ 5th St.
A nice place for a nice dinner. Good fish, lovely garden — a bit classy for the likes of us, but worth visiting for a special occasion.

Patsy’s Pizza
287ñ91 First Ave., New York, NY 10035 @ 118th St.
Another contender for NYís bestest pizza.

Penelope
159 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016 @ 30th St.
Cute neighbourhood café that feels like it belongs somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Perfect for brunch, if you go in for that kind of thing.

Pinche Taqueira
Cheap and brilliant Mexican food. There are two locations – the one on Lafayette has outdoor space. There’s nowhere I’d rather be hungover.

Pink Pony
76 Ludlow Street New York, NY 10002
Stylish but still-welcoming restaurant with bistro favourites and amazing salads for when you’ve overdone it on the burgers. The mirrors in the bathroom will blow your mind.

Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House
157 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002 @ Delancey St.
Live music, iced vodka, great quality Jewish home-cooking — often prepared at the table.

Shake Shack
Best burgers in the business – and one of the inspirations for MeatWagon. There are various locations but the original in Madison Square Park wins for its outdoor seating.

Skylight Diner
402 W. 34th St., New York, NY 10001 @ Ninth Ave.
My local diner once upon a moonbeam — based on a retro vision of the future, but non-naff. No frills, just good food, big plates, and friendly staff. Open 24 hours for booze munchies.

The Spotted Pig
314 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014 @ Greenwich St.
Missing your local gastro-pub? How about Jamie Oliver? Go here. It’s Oliver-endorsed (no turkey twizzlers ) and sells all your Brit favourites. They have Speckled Hen on tap!

Standard Grill
848 Washington Street at 13 Street (Under the Highline), NY, 10014
Ideally you’ll be staying in the Standard, but if not you should still make time to eat in the restaurant. Beautiful place, ace staff, pug salt and pepper shakers… oh and the food is pretty special too.

Think Coffee
248 Mercer St., New York, NY 10012 @ W. 3rd St.
The think-ing person’s Starbucks [lolol]. Full of NYU students, but that’s not a bad thing.

Tortilla Flats
767 Washington St., New York, NY 10014 @ 12th St.
Kitschy Mexican with free tequila and Elvis shrine. Uhm… Brilliant?

Viet-Nam Banh Mi So 1
369 Broome St. , New York, NY 10013 @ Mott St.
A lunchtime staple — huge sandwiches, most for less than $3. Try the one with 3 varieties of pork. But really.

Whole Foods Market
Stores citywide
It may be a chain and it may have opened in England now, but you can’t beat Whole Foods for amazing quality, cheap, organic picnic food. The soups, salads, and sandwiches make a perfect lunch on the go.

Yaffa Cafe
97 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009 @ First Ave.
24hr St Marks joint with fairylights galore, leopard print, mirrors, murals and more. Like eating in a junk shop but in the bestest possible way. Foodwise it’s standard cafe grub, but you can’t beat the atmosphere.

Yuka
1557 Second Ave., New York, NY 10028 @ 80th St.
All you can eat sushi for $20. Go crazy. Itís amazing too, which helps. Eat up though, you get charged for leftovers.