NEW YORK’S QUENTISENTIAL DIVE BAR
Everybody’s favorite East Village dive pulls in a regular crowd of college kids, bikers, local senior citizens and random eccentrics—like the long-haired guy whose only sound is a high-pitched shriek. Mixed drinks run for as little as four dollars, but that means the pretty Ukrainian owner will have to head to the fridge in the back room for juice, and you might be out of luck with ice. Stay long enough to play pool on the ratty table and mine the juke’s selection of hits from the ’60s to the ’80s. But if at all possible, use the bathroom elsewhere—don’t say we didn’t warn you.
ExtraIn addition to black-and-white photographs documenting the bar’s history, Blue & Gold’s walls are decorated with fading pictures of European men blowing long Alphorns.
The POOL TABLE at BLUE & GOLD
BLUE & GOLD
“Hasn’t lost any of its former Dive Bar Charm with the Name Change.”
LUCY’S 135 Avenue A … East Village, NY NY “Still a Classic East Village Dive Bar.”
If this East Village mainstay looks like a film-worthy drown-your-sorrows dive, right down to the Miller Lite lamps illuminating the two pool tables, it might be because a few movies have been shot here. Their posters hang on the mahogany walls along with red fluorescent tube lights, round mirrors, porcelain knick knacks, and a Polish flag representing the eponymous owner’s home country. Boufanted babushka Lucy has been working the bar ever since the late 70s when Lucy’s was Blanche’s was still on St. Mark’s. Most nights she can still be found cuing up the jukebox and winking and grinning while she pours drinks heavy. The beer selection is larger than the cafeteria tables and the dropped panel ceilings would imply, and somehow the two well-worn pool tables in the back don’t draw knuckleheads. (You can thank nearby Doc Holliday’s for that.) Toward the end of the week, the place can get packed with weekend warriors drawn by the neon signs but the vibe remains amicable and the jukebox (of old new wave) is never too loud to prevent you from meeting a neighbor.
LUCY’S on Avenue A
The HORSESHOE BAR
Corner of East 7th Street and AVenue B in The EAST VILLAGE
“A CLASSIC EAST VILLAGE DIVE BAR, serving Cheap Drinks and $4 BEERS. It’s refreshing in this day and age with rediculously priced Cocktails at $16 $17 and up. In places like 7B , BLUE & GOLD BAR, and MILANO’S, you can still go and have 3 Beers with your friends and not have to spend a Small Fortune for the pleasure.”
The Famous HORSESHOE BAR at 7B
Where You Can Still get a $4 BEER
The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
ABIDE in IT !