Based on very helpful suggestions (thanks to everyone who sent me ideas - we'll use them at future events), we'll head to Tonalli in Hamilton Heights near the A, B, C, D, and 1 trains at 145th st. They have $4-$5 beer and wine specials til 7. They also sometimes have open mic nights on Wednesdays starting at 8! Feel free to join whenever you can, we will be there from 6 til 9, and feel free to invite friends who live in the neighborhood. Or use this as an excuse to get your friends to finally meet you uptown.
This will be a great time to meet neighbors and check out a local spot. Just think: you can have a drink and you don't have to take a subway home from Midtown/LES/Brooklyn!!