3/27/2013, 1:26 p.m.
Nestled on the edge of the Financial District lies a bar with two identities. Aptly named, Good Life provides two types of atmospheres: a corporate hangout by day and a bass-thumping music haven by night. You can indulge in whichever style fits your fancy.
The first clue that this is not your average watering hole is the artwork placed throughout the three distinct gathering areas. The spaces are curated by Lot F Gallery (lotfgallery.com) and feature works by local artists who paint street art or graffiti. The artwork changes monthly and all pieces are available for purchase.
In the bar area, you’ll find ample seating at the distressed wood bar that spans the length of a mirrored wall full of spirits. If you’d like a more intimate feel, head to the corner table just by the bar’s entrance. It’s a great cove for people-watching.
As you move into the dining area, there are also comfortable banquettes and tables that allow unobstructed views of the room, and floor-to-ceiling corner windows flood the space with light on sunny days.
A sign that reads “Vodka Bar” leads you to the basement. They still hold vodka tastings once a month, but the rest of the time, the space provides another bar and has the most intimate seating of all the spaces. During the week and daytime, it provides seating for overflow from the dining room but by night serves as the club area. A large part of the floor is open for dancers to do their thing without obstruction. The plush black wooden benches provide respite from the dancing frenzy, though on a good night, they’re mostly used as makeshift coat racks.
On the weekends, there are three distinct DJ booths that play music from different genres. If you don’t like what’s playing in the bar, you may find something more appealing in the dining room or basement.
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When brothers Peter and Chris Fiumara took over Good Life in 2005, the menu was geared toward fine dining. Sensing a change in the area’s customer base, they decided to switch to an American bistro style. The kitchen uses local produce and cheeses for most food items. Patrons can enjoy wraps, burgers, pizzas and salads. The must-try items are the steak and cheese egg rolls.
The drink menu keeps it fun with drink names like Malibu Barbie and Dirty Ol’ Shirley. In a distinct twist, the venue’s successful night life parties get their own drink added to the list. Their most popular and longest-running night (six years), Fresh Produce is a hip hop and reggae night that features a drink comprised of Sailor Jerry rum, Peach Schnapps, banana liqueur, pineapple, lemon and orange juices.
Both the management staff and owners have DJing in their background, so it’s no accident that a certain amount of detail is put into the music selection. Monthly parties take place every Wednesday through Saturday; each one has a different name, theme and musical genre. Jeff Gilbridge, the public relations specialist says, “We pretty much cover every musical genre in this venue, except for maybe country.”