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The VNYL, 1970s-inspired bar and record store, opens in NYC; Adrian Grenier serves as music director

Downtown Manhattan certainly has no shortage of bars. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for something of another caliber to be added into the night life scene. Enter The VNYL, a fresh, 70s-inspired East Village spot that opened Friday.

The VNYL, which stands for Vintage New York Lifestyle, is owned by James Morrissey, an Irish entrepreneur with another successful late night haunt under his belt (The Late Late on East Houston Street). Actor Adrian Grenier (of HBO “Entourage” fame) serves as its music director. It will be up to you to decide whether the main draw is the space’s four-floor layout or the ambitious cocktail and small plates menus.

The space

The first floor doubles as a main bar,
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The first floor doubles as a main bar, which is quite grandiose, and The VNYL Coffee Co., a boutique vinyl shop, with a record collection curated by Grenier himself.

Walk a flight up to the mezzanine, which
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Walk a flight up to the mezzanine, which overlooks the main bar area, where guests have the option to receive tableside mixology. Even further up is the super-niche Champagne Garden (which features an extensive list of Champagnes and sparkling wines -- not to mention a swing), as well as the Black Rose Room, which plays home to another full bar.

The drinks

Beverage director Gareth Howells has drafted up a
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Beverage director Gareth Howells has drafted up a cocktail selection that draws from '70s classics. Expect modern takes on all things shaken or stirred, as well as milk punches and cocktails on draft. Seek out unprecedented flavor combinations with options like the Clontarf Ranger (Irish whiskey, stout, Cassis, cold brew reduction and lemon juice) or the 1862 Milk Punch (brandy, Cognac, Batavia Arrack, pineapple, spices and black tea).

From left: The 1862, the Rosalie, Randolph's Tango and the 50/50.

The fare

In going with the '70s theme, kitchen creations
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In going with the '70s theme, kitchen creations will be plated on vinyl records of varying sizes. The menu, created by executive chef Jordan Andino, is less about decades past and more about the now. Expect innovative items like quinoa sushi rolls with candied bacon and avocado crème, or the salmon poke bowl, topped with tortilla chips and seaweed salad.

So if a 7,000-square foot bar with multiple
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So if a 7,000-square foot bar with multiple levels and moods sounds like your idea of a Friday night, head to 100 Third Avenue. And if it doesn't, there's a strong chance that The VNYL can convert you.

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