332 E 11th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.729493 -73.984464
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
great crowd – I've been here a couple times on the weekends. The dancing is pretty decent, more 80s and indie music than what you'd hear on the top 40 or whatever. Drink specials are pretty reasonable, but I go for the crowd more than anything else - the people-watching is fantastic... lots of young, indie-types doing their thing, which might make some uncomfortable or weirded-out, but I definitely like.
Friday's Trash party so dependable – When I have nothing else to do on Friday nights, I often find myself at Trash. The place is always packed with horny young'ns (and a few creepy older men) drunkingly dancing to the selection of a DJ that favors The Smiths and Morrissey. Yay! (Though that Common People business should be put to rest.)
Cool place for deaf people – Good music, dancing and Newcastle on tap. Bring your earplugs because apparently the dj's and staff are deaf, and you will be too after enough dancing at Rififi. Why they can't get better speakers and lower the treble is beyond me.
Bartender likes Rififi – I'm a bartender in North Beach, San Francisco. When I travel I do my sight seeing from a bar stool. When in New York I never fail to visit Rififi. The view is terrific, the conversation stimulating, the ambiance superb, and the drinks are a bargan.
Your living room--only with a DJ and hip nightly shows. – The Scene
Named after the 1950s French noir film, this lounge is a dive with a touch of class. A young indie-rock crowd with ironic spectacles and Bettie Page haircuts comes to chill on the sunken vintage sofas and enjoy affordable cocktails served by chummy bartenders. Under provocative light from the red wall sconces, everyone becomes a mysterious stranger you'd like to get to know.
The bar's ample back room, formerly the movie theater of the owners' daytime video sales business Cinema Classics, now plays host to a different act every night. Improv groups and comedians fill up much of the roster, but with regular burlesque shows, bands, singles parties and the occasional film, there's something on the calendar bound to titillate even the most seasoned barhopper.
another homestead for the indie settlers – Home away from home to the crown prince of scenesters, Brian Molloy, Rififi hosts an ever changing roster of weekly and monthly parties, concerts, and shows. After the films were nixed, it became prime real estate for the familiar faces of Filter 14, Don Hill's, and Odessa. Don't be surprised if you're drowning in a sea of mop-hair and secondhand shirts come the weekend. Cool parties include Smashed, Blocked! (first Saturdy of every month), Going Steady (Mondays), Leisure (Sundays), and Panic (the last Saturday of every month). The best part(s): drinks are cheap and there's ample room for sitting and dancing alike (take that, Don Hill's). The go-go dancers and 60s foreign flicks in the back room keep the show going, however strange they are. The nearby St. Marks ensures that there's plenty of 24 hour pizza on hand for the after party.
Nice mood setter – I went there for the bar space and I can't recommend that enough. It's a great spot to chill with someone special and get cheap drinks ($5 mixed drinks in NYC! That's almost unheard of!). Very romantic spot. But, it's kinda off-putting to have comedy shows and the like going on in the next room.
diversifying – The new face of dingy Cinema Classics apparently includes live comedy, DJs and the occasional cult film. If you're going for the movie, get there early. There's only about 50 seats in the thrown-together theater, and some are fairly uncomfortable.
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