Hype Lounge 243 E 14th St. @ 2nd Ave.
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While Union Square is packed with happy-hour joints, a high-end spot for late night revelry is lacking. Enter Hype Lounge, a sexy sports bar that seems to have been plucked directly from the Meatpacking District. While it’s got the requisite bevy of flat screens tuned to ESPN, Hype is outfitted with chandeliers, gilded mirrors and the like to help convince the non-jocks to hang while you check the scores. If that doesn't do the trick, high-end bottles and surprising treats that challenge ho-hum bar food expectations—such as spicy popcorn clusters ($5) and ginger honey wings ($9-16)—should keep everyone patient till the buzzer. A full restaurant with offerings like BBQ-glazed salmon ($19) allows for classy dining without needing to miss out on a second of the game, and a DJ booth promises post-game get-downs. Finally, a sports bar that agrees that XXL Knicks Jerseys are never good fashion sense.