Lower East Side

Fool’s Gold

I can't help but feel a little insulted by the name of this place. Not so much insulted, I guess, but definitely confused why you would name your bar "Fool's Go...
bOb

bOb

One can't help seeing the name of this joint and thinking about that hip-hop dude, B.o.B. Granted, the half-life of hip-hop artists is about 2.5 weeks, so by th...
Marshall Stack

Marshall Stack

I read the name of this place and thought it was gonna be rock 'n' roll heaven. Like Vazac's but with music that I might actually want to listen to. It turns ou...
Parkside Lounge

Parkside Lounge

I'm not certain when in its lifecycle a bar officially becomes a dive. I mean built as new establishments none aspire to dive status do they? Don't they just st...
200 Orchard

200 Orchard

I remember back in the day when this was Orchard Bar. To me it represented everything that was hip and groovy. It was the Lower East Side and this joint had...
The Sixth Ward

The Sixth Ward

This, it turned out, was one of those time-killing situations that present themselves when the second of your two-person party is tied up at work or the F t...
Tapeo29

Tapeo29

His inspirational story of overcoming a crack addiction to become one of 1995's best selling artists, complete with a starring turn in a music video with Mi...
Local 138

Local 138

I was once in a union. It got me an extra twenty-five cents an hour on top of minimum wage and all the soda and popcorn I could eat at break time. Between the d...
The Back Room

The Back Room

I have to admit that I don't really get the gimmick here -- and have no doubt, people, this joint is full of them. The first very LES twist is this bar's oddbal...
The Clernkenwell

The Clerkenwell

The Brits are not necessarily known for their haute cuisine. In fact, I took a trip to London several years back and after fighting for several evenings try...
Stanton Public

Stanton Public

How often do you go to a bar where the bartender could confuse one one-legged man loitering outside for another? It so happened that while walking up to Sta...