7 Ave A, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.722553 -73.986222
Neighborhoods: East Village, Alphabet City, Downtown
Come Here! – Walk passed this place all the time and I finally decided to go in - great decision!
Bartender was super friendly, nieighborhood feel that I really appreciated.
The atmosphere encourages conversation, but the business of the day is drinking!
Kristen and Thursday nights are AMAZING – this place has gotten a great makeover. its still got the grime of a LES bar, but they re-did the bathrooms (CLEAN, with MIRRORS!!) and the bar it self has cleaned up, not so grungy and dirty as it used to be.
Thursday nights with Kristen are half price for chicks all NIGHT!! go!! and put on some social distortion on the jukebox :)
Seedy, deliciously so. – Alright... how to begin? This IS the lower east side bar. You have to be looking for an experience if you're going to have a good time here- the main attractions are the crazy kung fu/ horror movies playing on constant rotation, the ridiculously loud punk music, and rock-n-roll bartendresses. They will give you an attitude, and if you want to keep up you have to have a sense of humor . This place is not pretentious- the bathrooms are nasty (and I can personally attest to having quickies in there), the drinks (especially the shots) are very large and very strong, and the music and regulars can be obnoxious. This is what people miss about the LES. If you keep your eyes open you can meet awesome people here. As in artists, Burning Man attendees, body piercers and the like.
Best Dive I've ever seen. – I've travelled all over the world both as a tourist and on business, but I must say that this is the greatest dive that I've ever seen. It possesses both the charm of a centuries old irish pub and the hipness of an old-school punk bar. The bartenders are skilled yet down to earth. Be sure to stop in on a Thursday to see Kristin. She must have been the most endearing whiskey-slinger that I've ever met. After all, it's not every day that a hundred-pound girl can outdrink me.
Best Lushy bartenders – you can walk into library bar any day , at any time and you are guaranteed to leave drunk and with a smile on your face. girls are always welcomed - I recently ended up in there on a saturday afternoon with my girlfriends and we had such an fab time getting drunk with the super sweet bartender. Best of all we never felt uncomforable with our fellow boy customers at any time.
PS.. best jukebox in NYC, best bloody-marys from Kristen , best Margaritas from Judy
Most average place I've ever been to – This was amazingly average. Not great, not bad. Drinks were not too water downed nor too strong. Menu wasn't particularly impressive nor noticeably lacking, the clientele wasn't especially pretty or epecially ugly. Just average in every way. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, it's as good a bar to visit as any other. But probably not worth a special trip.
A comforting East Village dive where studying is optional. – Its name connotes images of books and papers strewn willy-nilly about tabletops. And while students from neighboring NYU and Cooper Union do make up the bulk of its clientele, little studying is ever actually done at this grimy, but wallet-friendly, East Village pub. The Library is a dive, but it's a welcoming one with a comprehensive rock jukebox and a party-prone atmosphere on the weekends.
best daytime drinking – this place is by far one of the most entertaining spots to drink in mid afternoon... The bartender is always talkative and there are no egos lurking. The locals are entertaining themselves! You never know whos gonna enter on an average afternoon! The girls are usually making crafts like happy hour cards and get pretty vulgar..just how i like it! Make sure you offer them a shot because they are always up for it! Watch out for the haunted toilets though...esp. weekends when there is a puddle of yellow to step over..
Best Bloody Mary in the world – I love this bar. The bartenders are really nice, and the drinks are strong. It is a favourite for the true locals of the LES, and the regulars are real interesting. No posers, just real people. They play weird B movies on the projector with n@ked chicks, which is pleasent but also creepy. The bartenders are really fun and crazy. Characters.
I had a sh1t load of fun at this bar. Highly reccomended.
the best ever! – Great bar.... even better jukebox! The bartenders are always friendly and make their drinks strong as hell.
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