“With a pool table upstairs, comfortable lounge benches and a bar that, when your drunk, seems to stretch all the way to the restrooms; this rock and roll bar offers a lot more than meets the eye.”
“The drinks were prepared well and at pretty good prices.”
“HIGHLY suggest you check it out for yourself and if after you go, you think that I lied or even exaggerated about anything I said, than I'll certainly be willing to buy you a fresh battery for your hearing aid!”
“The dj's are great & fun, the bar & door staff are a dream, drinks are stiff & cheap, crowd is diverse & interesting and attitude clocks in at 'absolute zero'.”
“Fri's apparently don't crowd up 'til late, which is great if you want the place all to yourself!”
“The bartenders who were very good (quick and friendly) started my drink special a half hour earlier then was necessary, so i was sure to stay late and pay for drinks aftwerwards to return the favor.”
“Surrounded by the works of artists flickering in the light of the candlelight bar, drinks are poured with a friendly introduction.”
“The drinks were cheap which was a relief from the normal city prices which are ridiculous.”
“As a hangout spot or a place to grab a drink real quick it's okay, but as a place to celebrate an occasion, there are better places out there.”
Definitely not a Midtown lounge - but OK nonetheless.
I threw a party there last night and the staff was very attentive to our needs.. the bottle prices were great, hundreds cheaper than other places in Manhattan. The manager accomodated our crazy requests, and the bartender was great (didnt catch her name), the bouncers were friendly (which is RARE). The decor was nothing to speak of, the crowd was a little obnoxious (rowdy college-aged drunk girls bumping into you) but that's not Skinny's fault of course. The DJ was annoying, we were spending $$ and requested a few songs for our party, but he looked at us like we were crazy (very "how dare you question my song choices, you're not possibly cooler than me" kind of way)... I didn't get his name either.
Um, I wouldn't recommend you go there expecting an all nighter at some great lounge in the city, next time I'd probably stop in for cheap drinks and then keep it moving...
Don't dress up, and don't take anyone older than 30 - they won't be all that thrilled with the crowd...
Thanks for a Great Party!!!!. I had a party for my birthday on saturday. Everyone from the bartenders to the door were so nice and helpful. I had 40 friends show up(which is more than i planned) and they made sure we didn't stress. My friend got a free bracelet for her birthday and the drink prices were amazing for NYC, plus the DJ really played the crowd. Thank you guys for everything!!!
Chill place.. I liked the vibe of this place. Just really layed back and the bouncer was really cool at the door. This place is very small though and people seem to love to stand in the 2 foot area between the bar and the wall when the front of the place is empty. Also I only gave 3 stars because the DJ was terrible. I took a night off from my job (djing) on saturday and I hope they weren't paying the girl because a Itunes playlist could have done the same thing. The guy that seemed to come on at 12 was for sure better but I wasen't feeling the 80's pop music at 12:30 on a saturday.
Citysearch Editorial Review. Banquettes greet guests of the narrow, low-lit space, with a bar leading to further seating in the rear. On weekends, DJs entertain the crowd with rock, funk, '80s and a little old-school hip-hop. A rotating pool of local artists' work hangs on the red walls. The entire scene can be observed from a small balcony. Drinks are simple, with domestic and imported bottled beer and well cocktails coming in at less than $5.
Have your party there.
Held my 23rd bday celebration last night and everything went perfectly. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical at first, reading all the reviews--the birthday party breakdown just sounded too good to be true: drink specials for my friends and I drink for free?! But everything worked out as such even despite setting up the specifics with the booker (who didn't provide much detail about anything over the phone). The bartender (didn't get her name unfortunately) was great and even offered to call the owner to set things up. The two of them were so accommodating.
Being a Tuesday night and a holiday, the place was really all to ourselves. I definitely suggest the mezzanine space for a larger, more raucous gathering (pool table!) over the low-lit back couches. Above all--the drinks are craaaaaazy cheap!!! Where else in the city can you throw a party with a reserved space, free birthday drinks and open bar options AT NO CHARGE!!!?? Yeah, nowhere but here.
I am having ALL my parties here from now on.
Perfect Party Place. My friend and I threw a joint birthday party at the Skinny last Saturday. From the initial conversation with Sean to the end of the evening, the Skinny was perfect. The mezzanine was reserved for the party of about 35 people. My friend and I received wrist bands to drink for free all night and they arranged an optional top shelf open bar for the rest of my guests. The DJ played a perfect mix of hip hop, 80s, and pop. The Skinny is great for a night out; it's an excellent place to throw a drama-free, fun party. The bartenders and bouncers were friendly and accommodating. Thanks to everyone at the Skinny. You guys rock.
nice find. Just trolling the lower east side last night and happened upon the skinny at about midnight. Cool spot, good D.J., relaxing vibe, and bartenders were cool. One of the bartenders was an owner and he had a shot with me. I suggest if you're ever down there, check it out. Oh and drink deals were great! I'm definitely making The Skinny my spot when i go down there from now on.
cool spot. Had a party for about 35 friends this past weekend. We were there from 10 to 4:30 and it seemed like only 2 hours went by. We will definitly be back.
HORRID PARTY SPACE.
I went there to have my birthday. I spoke to a party rep repeatedly and let her know how many people would be there, and there really wasn't enough space, thankfully people came late and some couldn't stay all night. Then we ordered Tequila shots for $5 each which was cool. A new bartender came on, we went out and came back and the shots jumped tp $6 each with no explanation. It was cool because Jack Daniels Shots were $3 each, so we had those. We went back for more shots, and the bartender refused to serve us unless we left a tip. We left her a tip and got our drinks, but felt really upset about our drinks being held hostage like that. We went outside again and saw a sign saying that shots were $3 till 1am. We went back for more shots at 12:30 and the bartender told us that the special was over, and couldn't explain to us why the special was over when it was supposed to go on until 1am.
Overall I liked the atmosphere even though it was dead until like 11pm. It's not really a place for dancing since its really tiny and gets really crowded later at night and 80's music isn't my thing to dance to. As a hangout spot or a place to grab a drink real quick it's okay, but as a place to celebrate an occasion, there are better places out there.
We do not charge a fee to reserve space for parties.(the only bar on the lower east side that does not charge a fee)
The shots were $5 for happy hour, which ends at 10pm when the bartenders change.(hence your delema with pricing)
Nobody held your drinks hostage, but it was very nice of you to tip our bartender.
$3 shots of jack on a saturday night in NYC. I would say that is a good deal and call it a night.
So you can book a party at our bar for no charge and get a great deal on drinks. Sorry it did not work out for you.
We book about 6 parties per weekend and 99% leave more than satisfied. Please come down and check it out yourself.
Good prices on drinks at The Skinny. Went to the Skinny with several of my friends recently for a few drinks and while it wasn't my favorite place, I can't say I had any major issues with it either. The staff was friendly and attentive at the front door and inside. The drinks were prepared well and at pretty good prices. It was a little quiet when we first got there but it got busier after midnight, with a decent crowd rolling in. It's pretty narrow inside and not the roomiest place (hence the name "The Skinny") but getting to the bar to order drinks wasn't an issue. Decor was certainly nothing to talk about either, but again no major issues with The Skinny.
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