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Matisse and Martinis Mix Well as N.Y. Museums Open Bars After 5

Timing is everything if you want to hit any of New York’s fabulous museums -- and you happen to be thirsty for more than culture. Spirits rise in the evening, when cocktails are served, often with themed flavors and sometimes music. It’s a most civilized way to take in art, and it beats staring at your own face in a barroom mirror.

The Museum of the City of New York recalls the era of Prohibition with The Speakeasy every Wednesday night until Aug.