538 E 14th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.729400 -73.978723
Mon-Fri, 2pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 4pm-4am
Neighborhoods: Alphabet City, Downtown, East Village
A crazy faux-Tiki bar in one of the most desolate locations in the East Village, Otto's survives by sheer force of coolness. The drinks, music, atmosphere, and overall likeability of the place always carries the day -- and it's not like anybody is critiqueing their mai tais anyway.
A great place to start your hangover – Otto's is a lovely little tiki bar in the East Village where you can go to enjoy the music, whether it be from a dj or a live band in the back, play some games, make a record of your night in the photo booth, or just get completely and ridiculously drunk. The crowd is eclectic, drawing punks, rockabilly guys & gals, and even some "normal" types. The music varies depending on what band is playing or who is spinning, but it's rarely a disappointment. The place is always fun but especially if you are lucky enough to be there when Ms. Meow is tending bar. Be nice and you will find her one of the most charming ladies to ever serve you a drink. Be rude and you will learn very quickly just how much fire resides under that bright red hair. Either way, you get what you deserve, but you'll probably prefer the former. Act accordingly.
divey, swingin', & loud, (and boasting one of the finest bartenders on earth) – Otto's is divey. But "divey" really means "real," "unpretentious," and, essentially, pretty kickass. The music is loud, the crowd can vary from friendly and bubbly to blind drunk and crazy, the decor is rock-and-roller (but lacks a boring, commercial sheen). It is a great place for people of all kinds to sit down, hear some swingin' tunes, and get good old-fashioned drunk.
And the cherry on top is one of the finest bartenders around: the beautiful, scorchin' hot, acid-tongued, no b.s., fast-as-lightning Mishelle Meow. If you are polite and friendly to this lady, she will take top notch care of you. She'll mix you a drink, tell you a story, ease your woes, and just plain make you feel loved. But if you are rude to her - look out! She doesn't take any guff. She'll make a fool out of an ill-mannered clod in two seconds flat (which is pretty entertaining to watch).
Basically, Otto's is a no-frills watering hole where you can relax, rock out, and tie one on. What more could you want from a bar, crazy cat?
Margaritas! – Otto's is one of those places you can go to at 4 in the afternoon or 3 in the morning and still run into interesting people, hear good music, and count on getting a good drink. A friendly and unique spot amongst all the boring cookie-cutter bars that have taken over the area. Helps that Mishelle Meow (the hot, fiery red-haired bartender) makes the best margarita ever!!
Best Bartenders and Drinks combination! – This place is the best!! Exciting Friday parties. Great Dj's. Lots of bands and awesome drinks. GREAT drinks. The bartenders are characters. They slay me with their hot attitudes and stories. Ms.MEOW is especially awesome. Friendly, always kept my glass full and pours a mean drink. Once i passed by after work for "one" drink and closed the place out. Plus the place has the deer hunting video game. who does like to look at beautiful women, drink, and (fake) shoot things.
Tons of Fun – I used to live around the corner, before it was Otto's, (it was called barmacy then). I remember how happy I was when a cool spot opened up there. The place is great. I'm not normally a fan of kitschy bars, but Otto's somehow manages to make it cool. The drinks are top-notch, I even was tempted by my bartender to try one of the weird tiki cocktails. Normally, I'm a jack and budweiser kinda guy, but I have to admit it was excellent. I ended up buying the tiki glass it came in (most places have awful tee shirts; how cool is it that I can get a glass?!)
They also have excellent music, dj's, and live bands. Be sure to go when the exquisite Ms. Meow is working. She is the greatest - kept my drink filled all night, was witty, charming, se xy, and sh even introduced me to some single ladies who were there. What more could anyone ask for in a bartender?!
BEST PLACE FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! – I just had the best birthday party ever! The owners--Steve and Nell--were super-helpful in planning my big day. They even gave me a bottle of champagne. The bartenders were friendly and made beautiful drinks with fancy straws and umbrellas all night! The DJ was totally accommodating to my silly song requests (rock and roll and even some exotica!) and I was able to have my friend's band play. I would highly recommend having your birthday, going-away, engagement, whatever milestone you're marking here! The atmosphere is so cool-no decorations needed! Already thinking about next year's party and I'm sure it will be at Otto's Shrunken Head again!!
Best tiki bar and music club!! – Every time I visit this East Village spot I am intrigued by the diversity of regulars that hang out there. Every night is different--beautiful rockabilly gals, hot rock and roll guys, silly Hawaiian-shirt wearing guys, and stylish mods. And of course the everyday average Joe seems just as comfortable hanging out. Great for people watching and making new friends. Friendly bartenders. Great live music and Djs! Definitely worth checking out.
Otto's rocks! Cool vibe, good music, great staff! – The best thing about Otto's besides the cold beer, sweet drinks and awesome bartenders, is the fact that it's one of the last cool places to hang out in the East Village or all of NYC for that matter. Low NYU vibe for the most part, plus kick butt rock and roll bands! Check it out!
punk rock, no food, rock'n'roll – Otto's is one of my favorite bars in the city. Tiki camp, it's got a back room with live music. A punkrock clientele. A weird assortment of other folks, and a very low key... dare I say alternative... feel. With Father Vincent at the door, you know Otto's is not your usual yuppie bar.
No food served there, but you can bring your own... either from the pizza place down the block or the Mexican grocery store around the corner. --Drink Club NYC is a roving group of NYC drinkers
NYCsux – The last of a dying breed of great rock bars with a take no $&*t bartenders that serve up mean drinks with meaner attitudes. This manhattan refuge has great nights featuring rockabilly, surf, death rock and garage music. Drinks are reasonable and crowd is cool but not too cool for school. Tiki vibe is great for parties and I was there for a birthday party where big flaming drinks knocked me on my butt!
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