New Yorkers are familiar with the whole subculture of people who just got to art openings for the free wine, but have you ever thought about going to a bar for the free art? There are tons of places around the city to imbibe while taking a gander at a private art collection. From dives to places with fancy $20 cocktails, you can get an eyeful of everything from street art to Hirsts to 16th-century old masters, all while getting your drink on. Here are a few of our faves.
Tucked under a handbag shop in Little Italy, Mulberry Project serves up tasty cocktails in its (usually loud and sceney) underground bar. But the real draw is the private, art-filled back patio. Some of New York’s best street artists have left their mark on the garden walls. Guests can sip drinks while viewing murals by Ron English, Faile, Matt Siren, Kid Zoom, BAST, and more.