859 Washington St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.741043 -74.007260
Neighborhoods: Meatpacking District, Downtown
New York has more than its share of ersatz roadhouse / biker bars, and while I suppose technically this is one of them (it is in the Meatpacking district, after all) I feel like it has actually become the thing it meant to mimic. You are not really in Manhattan when you're in there -- and I say that as a compliment.
Horrible Bar - Fake Coyote Ugly – This place is terrible. It tries to be coyote ugly. And it's just Ugly. After having a couple drinks at the Standard Hotel beer garden, we went to Hogs and Heiffers for a few beers. I had been there before and it's never good. But it was close, so we went. First off, it's a hole in the wall that charges a $10 cover. But, you suck it up when they say "we have $2 beers and $3 shots." So a group of 10 people, 5 girls, 5 guys go in for a few drinks. We figured we can do it up for a friend's birthday and be more casual than everything else in the MP district. Except that when I try to order 10 beers for the group, I literally get told by the girl (I won't insult other bartenders by calling her one,) behind the bar that she wouldn't serve me unless I ordered shots. Seriously? I'll drink on my own terms. Thanks. Seriously, who gets refused for ordering 10 beers?
After walking away to go let the group know, this animal gets up on the bar with her megaphone and tells us that she doesn't get "half naked" to serve $2 beers. Apparently, she does. And we'd all prefer if she was less naked. She wasn't nice, and she wasn't pretty. If you have issues with your bars drink specials, take it up with your manager. Anyway, after calling the entire group some choice words, we retaliated and got kicked out. Well worth it. That place sucked and we took 1/3 of the bar with us. I'd say that she was a horrible bartender, but bartenders serve drinks. They don't bitch at a customer about to order 10 beers to get the night going about how little they make. If i was looking for a crazed woman yelling at me about being half naked, I'd walk around Penn Station a little more. She missed out on a lot of money, and a lot of drinks by 10 people ready to have some fun.
Don't go here! – If this place is still open this time next year I will be surprised. Hogs and Heifers...the name is fitting b/c that is exactly who serves you. I come with 3 friends who are from out of town. I want to show them a good time. We have been here before and have had a good experience. I hand the bartender a $20 and ask for a beer and a glass of water for my friend. Bill was $5 and I gave her a $2 tip. This is the first time I had a bar back complain about a tip. She told me I was cheap b/c she served me a free glass of water and a beer w/ a $2 tip. Her shear attitude left me speechless.
After I told her she was crazy I left to go play pool with one of my buddies. Then she starts heckling me with a blow horn. Telling the whole bar that I was cheap. I walked up to her at the bar and said she was clueless b/c were in the middle of the worst recession since the great depression. She said "I don't care". I said "Thats exactly your problem, you don’t care.” She just looked blankly and stared. With that attitude I’m surprised she still has a job serving drinks.
She then said if I didn't like it to get out. I wanted to finish my beer first. However, the bouncer told me I had to leave. I asked him why? What did I do wrong? I paid for my beer, unlike most of the people serving drinks. He then said "We can do this the easy way or the hard way." I started to say I wanted to finish my beer and the other bouncer grabbed my neck and literally threw me out the side door. My buddies were disappointed by our short stay but followed me out as a good friend should.
For a bar that prides itself on it's working class roots it's a shame the bartenders have become so spoiled by the weekend warrior yuppies that now overrun the place. They have lost site of what’s important. The customer. And if you treat the customer like a piece of garbage they are not going to come back. Doing a little research from other patrons’ experiences this place really swindles its customers. For example, if you leave $15 change on the bar to pay for additional drinks that you want later, the bartenders take it claiming it was a tip. If you complain they say "sorry it's mixed up with other tips". If you don't like it the bouncers throw you out. That’s stealing.
The truth is Heifers is just another trendy bar whose best days are behind them. I would not recommend this bar to anyone. In fact, I will go out of my way to tell people how shallow of a place it really is. The group of bikers who used to call heifers home obviously agree. There wasn't anyone who remotely wore any leather. Mostly designer shirts and high heels. The meat packing district has been in transition for a while now with new restaurants and the highline. Hogs and Heifers will not survive the recession if it doesn't shape up. It doesn't help that the bartenders keep up drink for drink with the patrons. Judging by the comments of my fellow bloggers there are a lot of people who have had a similar disappointing experience.
A fun dive bar....depending on when you go – Having gone to H&H about 8 times, I think I'm qualified to publish my opinion. Being a regular at Coyote Ugly, I enjoy dive bars of this sort. How could any guy not find the idea of hot, scantily-clad women dancing atop a bar in any way appealing? The majority of my visits here have been pleasant. It tends to get a bit boring during off-hours, but hey--doesn't every bar? In my experience, Friday afternoons have been the most fun. There are a couple of cool barmaids who have been real nice to me and are generous w/ the kickbacks, which is great considering I stick to buying $2 PBR's. However, unless you're someone w/ extreeeeeemely thick skin, do not come on Fri. and Sat. nights. First off, they charge a $10 cover at the door. Secondly, the barmaids do everything short of reaching across the bar and castrating all the male customers. Unless you're standing in the background, the girls will get on their bullhorns and chastise you to death!!! It doesn't matter if you're a nice guy (as I am). They will always find ways to deeply insult you. Maybe some guys get off on that sort of behavior. Call me a wimp, but I prefer being served by cute barmaids who are nice. I'm nice to them, so there's no reason why they shouldn't be nice in return. Unlike Coyote Ugly, the barmaids don't have set schedules, which is unfortunate. At least at C.U., I can avoid the shifts when the nasty barmaids work. Here, it's a tossup. Often times, the daytime barmaids are sweethearts, but occasionally the night girls will take over their shifts and...well...it's not pretty.
Had a blast!!! – I read all the reviews before going and initially choose NOT to go. But after going to another bar first and practically falling asleep my friends and I walked around and found hogs and heifers and we ended up having such a great time!! Bartenders are nice as long as you respect them and remember they are working and trying to make a buck like everyone else. Would def. Recommend it!
Can't imagine who could like this bar – Wow is this place bad. I really am not sure who would want to go here. For a wild drunken party bar, there sure aren't any girls besides the white trash looking bartenders in bikini tops (who are all flat btw, nice outfits) who try and play the part of the screaming btch "drink up, hurry up, and a shot of what" etc. The act is tiresome, there's no actual girls in the bar and you pay a cover to get into a bar that's tinier than a typical living room. Waste of time
NEVER AGAIN!!!!!! – I had never heard of the place until my girlfriend said she wanted to go there for her birthday.. She compared it to the movie coyote ugly..which I have seen.. Im a very open minded person, love to go out and go to different places and just have FUN with my girls..
The Bar is small, and unless you're on the bar dancing you can't move you're pretty much packed like a sardine in the place.. Lucky enough we got a corner of the bar by the door.. The only kind of music they play is Country. The bartenders are sooooo RUDE!!! I understand that its part of the act, but you cant' dance or move,and then you have these nasty lookin bartenders screamin at you and being real as@!!holes.. Well theres your mood, and there begins your night and expect to get into some kind of fight... I have been to so many different places night clubs bars and never EVER got into a fight ... I got into 3!!!!!!!!!!! first some old andy warhol look alike got up left the bar came back and told me to get the hell out of his chair!!!! He pretty much was tryin to pull it out from under me... the other was because of the bathroom line... and so a chic decided to pick one with me.. No reason.!!! Another the bartenders didn't like the fact that we sat at the corner of the bar and not orderin drinks from her every 5 mins.. Over the mega phone pretty much told us to get the F@!#ck away from her bar if we weren't ordering.. We were still drinkin...
I have never EVER had a bad experience on a night out, THis place was absolutely AWFUL!!!! Would never recommend this to anyone.....NOT AT ALL like Coyote Ugly.... No comparison....
The worst! – I wish I could use 1/2 a star. This bar is the worst. I understand that their bad attitudes are part of the act, but the 150 year old bouncers don't even know what's going on. According to Father Time, I was "starting" with everyone in the bar and was being threatened that I was going to be thrown out. He would have done me a favor by throwing me out, since I was with a group of people. For the record, I was not starting trouble. The one bathroom should be against the law and the ten bucks cover is totally not worth it. As I waited outside for my friends, because after I finally did make it into the bathroom, there was NO WAY I was buying a drink. They all came out one by one, not happy, annoyed and thought that the whole place was just a waste of time. Check it out for yourself if you don't believe me, but be prepared to pay ten dollars to wait on line for a bathroom and be harrassed by nasty bouncers who are old enough to be your grandfather.
THE ONLY GREAT DIVE BAR LEFT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE YOU CAN GET $2 DRINKS! – Yes, this place has gone through some rough patches in the past. I've read reviews on here about the bouncers getting too rough on some patrons and the bartenders being rude. However, this place has gone through a serious over-haul from the past and they do seem to have a friendlier staff now and I even witnessed the bouncers giving directions to tourists passing by outside. This part of Manhattan is safer than it ever was before due to all of the new, upscale businesses taking over in the area. Hogs and Heiffers has become a little tamer than it used to be and has been attracting more of a mellow crowd than in its past. However, they still blast great hard core country music hits out of their jukebox which you can play 7 songs for only $2. The beer is cheap here and although it may look intimidating from the outside, it's really a great bar just like Coyote Ugly on the east side. This place is definitely not for the real sensative-types who can't take sarcasm lightly. The bartenders may come across rude at times, but it's just a gimmick and you can't take them seriously. There are also some bartenders here who are very friendly and sweet. The service is great and fast . Whenever a good song comes on, they have a lot of fun dancing on the bar. Considering all the horrible changes going on in the meatpacking district, I'm not sure how much longer this bar will remain standing, so enjoy it while it's still here! This place is lively, fun, and entertaining.
Worst bar incident I've ever experienced.... – The last (and only) time I visited this place was about two years ago, and as I'm reading other reviews on Citysearch, I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one who feels the way I do. It just boggles my mind how the bartenders who work in this place can get away with treating customers the way they do. I was standing at the bar next to two quarters that SOMEONE ELSE had left as a tip for a drink, and the classless excuse for a bartender picked it up, looked at me, and yelled, "Fifty cents? You call that a f*cking tip?" and she THREW it at me!! Granted, this did happen two years ago and I have no idea if this woman still works there, but I get the feeling that all the women who work there have this attitude. I only recently started using Citysearch regularly, and this incident stood out in my mind as the worst bar experience I've ever had in this city, so I felt it was worth mentioning. In a city with so many bars with such polite and attentive bar staff, I can't believe that anyone would continue to go here, let alone pay a cover charge and stand on line outside. Maybe I missed something, but to me, a fun bar experience doesn't involve verbal abuse (especially for something I didn't even do). To anyone who considers himself or herself an adult, I would say avoid this place at all costs.
Disgraceful - if abuse is your thing, you may consider coming here – I went here for a bachelorette party last night and the waitresses were among the most grotesque, vile human beings I have ever encountered at a NYC bar. One waitress sported an unflattering white bikini top, really low-riding jeans, and big love handles. She repeatedly barked into a megaphone and then picked a fight with me for checking my cell phone in the bar! She said, "F*&^ your boyfriend, F*&^ your family, and get off your F*&^ing cell phone. I should kick you out of here." I am sorry, but she does not know my family situation (which is why I checked the phone), and, if she did, she may not have been so rude. Don't come here unless you hate yourself and the people you are with! It is torture!
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