169 Avenue A, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.728342 -73.982212
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village, Alphabet City
alright – Went here last Sat. for a party/get together for a friend. The bar was relatively empty all night which was good for our group because we got pretty good service. The gin and tonics were great... The only issue that I had was that the bar tenders were kind of rude to my guy friends. The other people in teh bar were "meh" and kind of odd.. Good prices though...
Great Place – I've been here a few times now and I enjoy myself every time. It's cheap. The crowd is down-to-earth. Most of the time the crowd is at the perfect level...not empty, but not totally jammed. I've heard great things about the jukebox, but I've never felt the need to go check it out myself because I've never experienced an intolerable run of crappy music. Overall a good place to hang out and grab a few drinks with friends. I noticed complaints about the crowd. Yeah...if you're looking for a meat market, go somewhere where the beers cost $9/bottle. This isn't your place.
You have to know what to expect and if you do you receive just that. Good times. Good prices. Great jukebox. Not too many attract females or people for that matter, but go early with a group of friends, get a booth, get lots of drinks and wait an hour and a half to an hour and forty five minutes for your songs to play. I dare you to try to stump the box (no pink floyd). If you want to be semi-antisocial there's a pool table if you want to be completely antisocial there's a pacman and pinball machine. Enjoy.
Avoid – Clientele is terrible here, staff is rude, you have to wait hours to hear your music on the jukebox, and my friend had her purse stolen last week. Dont go here.
Best Happy Hour in EVil. – With respect to dive bars, this place is man among men. Love the bartenders, love the jukebox, love the happy hour specials. Where else can you get a brooklyn IPA for $2.50? Not even at Brooklyn brewery thats where. Never a tude from the bartenders or the owner okay maybe from one of the bouncers (the white dude) but thats par for the bouncing course. to the "this is our east village" crowd -- please get over yourselves--the east village is not yours, never was, its every one's. if you don't like it hop on the L to Williamsburg. Sure we don't want backward baseball hat wearing Duke lacrosse team members hanging there but its a free country which is a tenet of east village liberalism, no? and by the way, sometimes, you can look just as dumb with the ubiquitous east village uniform on that everyone wears around these parts. you think you're unique but you're not. At least at HiFi they dont cast aspersions and everyone gets $2.50 BK beer. That and an astounding jukebox with tons of great tunes (except metallica--ok chicks dont dig classic metallica, got it). love the pool table and the hidden bathroom. but please plase fix the joystick on galaga. I haven't made it past Stage 3 on that thing yet. oh and there's hot drunk NYU/EVil chocha constantly in there. and thats a good thing.
Great in the begining of the night... – This place is awesome for Happy Hour. You can order food to the bar and what other place served 2 for 1 miller high life!
Beware though, around mid-night the meathead/preppy guy crowd comes in looking to score so it's best to split before then.
MAD BITCHES! – The jukebox is ok, but there are more women here than you can shake a stick at as my Tenn. oilman father would have said had he stumbled into the cat farm they're running at Hi-Fi
One of my fave bars – I've never really been one to go to a place because of the crowd. Regardless, I love Hi-Fi. The people there are cool, the music selection is great, and Dave is one of my favorite bartenders - period.
Local musicians hang out at the bar, while the mp3 jukebox steals the show. – Local rock kids spend their nights kicking back in the big booths, watching VH-1 Classic on the TV and flirting around the world's first mp3 jukebox, known to regulars as "El DJ." The bar has over 3,000 full albums on tap, and the playlist continues to grow alongside proprietor Mike Stuto's vast and fascinating rock-focused record collection. A pool table, pinball machine and other video games fit the divey vibe.
A blast of a spot – Unless you are into boring bars where old people sip on beer and watch ball games, this is the place. So, there is rap music playing at times. Either order your own, or you can listen to country someplace else.
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