Good thing Mehanata (better known as simply "Bulgarian Bar") has just reopened in its new LES location, just in time to get your Slavic party fix.
Whether you were a regular at the old location or have never raved all night to gypsy music, checking out the new Mehanata is a must for a night that involves a band playing Hava Nagila remixes while people sing, dance and suck down sweet Bulgarian grappa out of fishbowls.
Look for a sign marked "Kuma," and head inside the considerably nicer bi-level digs, done up like a raw Eastern European saloon. A huge bronze chandelier hangs next to a laundry line of bras and underwear (apparently a string of missed tosses).
A wild international dance scene ensues with Eastern European electro- punk and international dancehall music. A brass band blows out from the center of the foot-stomping crowd, which is fun, diverse and unpretentious—everyone is just there to have a good time. So don't be surprised if by the end of the night you're caught up in some sweaty, booze-filled circle-dancing while toasting everyone "Na zdrave!"
Just try to not to leave your Calvins behind.