Just Lorraine’s Place has been likened to an African-American Cheers, but even if everybody doesn’t know your name, they’ll still make you feel welcome. For a laid-back night in Harlem, grab some friends and head to this unreconstructed cocktail bar. The regulars here are known for their openness, and Lorraine herself will likely be on hand to make you feel at home. You’ll relax in the no-frills interior, with classic tin ceilings and exposed brick, and wall art that runs from Thelonious Monk to President Obama. Order a round of drinks, maybe a vodka tonic. The bar staff is known for their generous pours. Tap your feet to whatever’s playing, whether it’s a DJ, or old-school sounds off the jukebox. There’s often sports showing on the house flat-screens, and you can enjoy the camaraderie of getting into a game with your friends, bumped up by the energy of the room. The crowd here reflects classic Harlem, and you’ll appreciate the grown-up atmosphere they create.