The Late Late is a relatively new bar opened up in the LES which puts a funky spin on the usual Irish Pub experience in NYC. The bar is named after The Late Late show, which challenged the conventions of the Roman Catholic Ireland.
The inside is more Irish inspired then stereotypical “Irish Pub”. Its electic but has the warm comforting touch of home. The interior is adorned with antique furniture, exposed brickwork, as well as a tiny black and white TV and the concrete bar top is a nice addition which complents the rest of the bar decore. Under most seats you will find usb ports and outlets for charging your phone
Service was attentive without being intrusive. This allows you to enjoy the company of those around you without your drink running dry. They are willing to offer suggestions and steer you in the right direction.
Guinness features prominently in the menu with an entire section on the upstairs menu called Guinness 2.0. Included on this a version of the New York Sour with a Guinness Float (pictured) and Guinness served with creme de menthe and a mint sprig – a popular drink in Nigeria. In addition you will find a vast selection of Irish whiskey – over 50, and several craft beers on tap.
At this time food is not served, but it will serve tapas style shared plates in the future.
The Late Late is a solid addition to the LES with well crafted drinks. It may not revolutionize the way we drink, but it is a great place to catch up with friends upstairs. Or chill downstairs after 11pm with a DJ and soundtrack curated by co-owner Rob Ackroyd of Florence & The Machine.
The Late Late Bar & Spirit Grocer
159 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002