Local's Choice: Nora O'Malley of Lois Wine Bar on What to Do in New York City

November 01, 2017

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We asked local resident Nora O'Malley, co-owner of Lois Wine Bar, to tell us what she'd do if she was a business traveler and had two hours or an afternoon to spend in New York City between meetings.

Lois Wine Bar is located in the Lower East Side neighborhood known as Alphabet City.  NY Mag/Grubstreet called it one of the “Absolute Best Bars in East Village”. Lois Wine Bar serves a variety of wines on tap and the Wine Jello Shots made with white, red, and rose wine are a must!  The bar also serves creative seasonal small plates like kale flatbread and turkey meatball subs that are so popular that Nora and Phoebe recently launched aida, a line of specialty pantry staples inspired by their food menu.

The names of the bar and the food line are derived from the Lower East Side’s nickname……Loisaida. Since Nora and co-owner Phoebe Connell admit to being obsessed with their adopted neighborhood, it makes sense that Nora would say, if you have two hours to spend in NYC, spend it in Alphabet City.

 For Travelers Who Like:  Pop Culture, History, Music, Art

 Where to Go:  Save the Village Tours walking tours.  Visit their website for the list of tours and meet up locations or to make an appointment for a group of four or more.

What Makes It Special:  During the 1960’s, artists like Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Keroauac, and Norman Mailer hung out in this neighborhood.  Local Lower East Side haunts were also the backdrop for historic social movements like Stonewall and music milestones like Velvet Underground playing their first gigs. This special time in history was captured by Village Voice photographer Fred McDarrah. 

There are four different tours:  East Village/St. Marks Place; Stonewall and Gay Greenwich Village; The Artist’s World, and The Beats and Bob Dylan.

Must See:   Nora’s favorite is the Beats and Bob Tour.  The tour guide takes visitors to the coffee houses and clubs where Beat generation poets like Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg made literary history and to the bars where Dylan hung out and began his legendary music career.