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New York, New York City, Bar and Club Guide

New York bars:


Apocalypse Lounge beerbeer
189 E. 3rd St. btwn A & B
Old school, rock'n'roll arty hipster hangout, with DJ sets and occasional live acts/open mic sessions. The interior decor looks like it was designed by someone on strong hallucinogens. We liked it.
websitewebsite   phone (212) 228-4811

Beauty Bar beerbeer
231 E14th
Serving up ferocious cocktails, this old hairdresser's shop draws its inspiration from a 1950s beauty salon. There's hairdryers on the bar, vintage beauty salon chairs to relax on and even an in-house manicurist available. Open till 4am, we recommend visiting in the week as weekends can get horrendously crowded.
websitewebsite   phone (212) 539-1389

KGB Lounge beerbeer
85 E. 4th St.
Formerly the local headquarters of a Ukrainian communist party, this East Village bar offers more than a dozen types of vodka, served under the shadow of old propaganda posters and framed portraits of bygone party leaders. There's also a theatre and a legendary reading series, where writers read their work for no pay but a few free drinks.
click for photophoto   websitewebsite   phone (212) 505-3360

Korova Milk Bar beer
200 Avenue A, 12th Street.
Based on the Clockwork Orange bar, the black and white interior is very stylised with TV monitors embedded in the walls and naked manikins stuck on the walls. Famed for it's unique Martini and Margarita concoctions, the 4am bar can get very busy on the weekends. I'm afraid we found it to be more style over substance.
click for photophoto   phone (212) 254-8838

The Raven beerbeerbeer
194 Avenue A at East 12th St
urban75's number one NYC choice! The Raven Bar was an unpretentious, down to earth, old-school East Village bar attracting a friendly and yuppie-free goth/alt/indy/ska crowd. Open till 4am, the beers were reasonably priced, and there was an open mic/DJ performances throughout the week. Our favourite nights were Wednesdays and Fridays when DJ DANDY SEX played a cheeky and eclectic mix of punk, glam, new wave and goth. Admission was FREE. We miss this bar big time.
click for photophoto   websitewebsite   phone (212) 529-3956


Botanica beerbeerbeer
47 E Houston St. (Mott St./Mulberry St.)
It's dark, dingy, the seats wobble and the furniture's shabby - so we loved it! Attracting a friendly, attitude-free, boho student/musician crowd, this has long been one of my favourite, unpretentious NYC bars. Guest DJs play a non-mainstream selection from Cockney Rebel to Sinatra, while the dimly lit back rooms offer ample space for chilling out. Open till 4am.
click for photophoto   phone (212) 343-7251

The Keltic Lounge beer
132 Ludlow St (Stanton/Rivington Sts)
Apparently spelt with a 'K' to force Americans to pronounce 'Celtic' properly, this busy and bustling bar has a lively jukebox selection (Radiohead, Velvets, The Clash), with acoustic and Open Mic nights in the week.
phone (212) 529-2731

Max Fish beerbeerbeer
178 Ludlow St. between Houston and Stanton Sts
A long-time Lower East Side institution, Max Fish sports a high-ceilinged main room, pool table in the back, booths at each end with a changing art show on the walls.
click for photo photo   websitewebsite   phone (212) 529-3959

Living Room beerbeerbeer
84 Stanton Street
A popular venue for new folk/country/acoustic talent, this much loved Lower East Side bar has recently moved from its tiny Stanton Street premises to Ludlow Street. The bar remains a casual, friendly hang out and well worth the one drink minimum cover charge (be sure to put some bucks in the bucket that goes around for the bands).
click for photophoto   websitewebsite   phone (212) 533-7235

Luna Lounge beerbeerbeer
171 Ludlow St
Sadly now CLOSED. A victim of the increasing gentrification in the area, the owners are currently seeking new premises in Williamsburg.
click for photophoto   websitewebsite   phone (212) 260-2323

Motor City Bar beerbeer
127 Ludlow St (Rivington/Delancey Sts)
Owned by motor-crazy Detroit natives, this large, dimly-lit bar is bedecked with road signs and car memorabilia. There's comfy sofas, a huge street-facing window, no cover charge and reasonably priced beers. Music comes courtesy of in-house DJs who'll keep you going till 4am with their hangover-troubling mix of loud punk, garage rock, doo-wop and more.
  phone (212) 228-3668

SKINnY Bar beerbeer
174 Orchard Street (Stanton Street)
As befits its name, the SKINnY is a long, narrow, low-lit quaffery, with a bar stretching along one side. There's some seating upstairs next to the bijou DJ booth. Drinks are no-fuss domestic and imported bottled beer with decent cocktails a mere $5.
phone (718) 218-6662 » See pic


Galapagos beerbeerbeer
70 N. 6th St, Williamsburg
Situated between Wythe and Kent Aves, this enormous space bills itself as an art, music, dance, theater and performance space, gallery and bar. There's a stage in the main room with a big, arty rectangular reflecting pool. We saw an amazing hula-hoop tastic performance by Hoopalooza when we were there. Recommended.
  websitewebsite   phone (718) 782-5188 » See pic

Iona beerbeer
180 Grand St. Bedford /Driggs Aves.
With something of the ambience of an Irish bar without the gimmicks, this youngish bar is set inside an old candy store. There's some pleasant alcoves and window seats to suit your mood, with the music chilled out and hip.
phone (718) 384-5008 » See pic

Luxx beerbeerbeer
256 Grand St., Brooklyn
NOW CLOSED. Decked out in reflective wallpaper, clear plastic tubing and what looks like lap dancer poles, this long, narrow club attracts a mixed crowd of punks, ravers, straights, gays and lesbians. The vibe is unpretentious and fun with live punk and rock acts three or four nights of the week, along with some movie/club nights.
click for photophoto   websitewebsite   phone (718) 599-1000

Montero Bar and Grill beerbeer
73 Atlantic Ave, Hicks St/B.Q.E.
Its off-putting pink neon sign may not beckon you in, but once inside you can enjoy a feast of nautical paraphernalia recalling Brooklyn's 'On the Waterfront' era. It's definitely not one for delicate hipsters, this old school bar invites you to soak up the friendly atmosphere, play a game of pool and sup on some Bud (if you must).
phone (718) 624-9799

Stinger Club beerbeerbeer
241 Grand St., Brooklyn
Bravely resisting the local gentrification, this dark, smoky Williamsburg haunt is a real gem. Lit by bare red light bulbs and offering cosy booths, a great jukebox with local DJs, you can expect giant-sized Martinis, great service and a mixed and friendly crowd. We liked it so much we got absolutely hammered there!
phone (718) 218-6662

Teddy's Bar & Grill beerbeer
96 Berry St. Brooklyn
It's not particularly hip and our table had a definite downward slope about it, but this 100 yar old bar isn't a place for airs and graces. The food is (veggie) burger-and-fries simple and the Brooklyn Lager was as fresh as you'll find anywhere.
phone (718) 384-9787 » See pic

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Bar ratings:
Classic bar! Good beer and a great vibe.

Nice bar, well worth a few beers

Quick pint!

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