151 Rivington St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.719193 -73.985529
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
Dim, low-key, dive-y feeling bar with a pretty late happy hour ($5 wells till 10). You really can't go wrong, just dont show up expecting much. Some bartenders are inexperienced but a few will go the extra mile for you and quench your thirst with delicious tasting cocktails like Brown-eyed Girl!
Rip Off Ville, Takes forever to get a drink – I live pretty close by, and have been here at least 3 times over the past month, including a large group 2 weeks ago that spent over $300 on drinks and shots, but i wont be going back any more. I was there last night (a sat night) with my buddy, the place was pretty packed, but it took a really long time to get the bartender's attention to order. That's good for the bar no? Unfortunately it was the bartenders just giving free beers and shots to their friends ( i am not kidding!!)
And then, when we did place our order for 2 beers, the male bartender told me it was $12 bucks, and since i didn't have enough cash, I gave him my credit card to open a tab, and was told that it was a $20 minimum. Fast forward about 30 mins later and we decide to go somewhere else, I go to the tall female bartender to close my tab by paying cash, but she tells me my 2 beers cost $14, and that it was a $25 minimum!! Are you kidding me? Btw she tells me this after making me wait about 10 mins while she poured her guy friend a nice vodka shot (for free of course) She called the other bartender and asked him "what is the price of 2 beers here" , and the guy was scared to answer, and she finished it by saying "14 dollars" before he could say anything. If it wasn't so sad, it would actually be funny.
I don't write many reviews for dive bars, since they are essentially places where anything sort of goes, but i don't think i ll be spending any more money at this place. I just wonder if the owners know what goes on here? I am guessing this place will sort of go the route of all the other many LES places that open and do really well, but eventually close after burning a big hole in the promoter's pockets due to shoddy staff.
sassy fun- minus rude service – i've come into this bar at times when i'm around rivington. i was with a bunch of friends this past friday and everything was happy and fun until we ordered drinks - it wasn't crowded or hectic enough to justify the bar tenders attitude problem. however- reading from the reviews below- i guarantee it's the same monster. cookie-cutter handsome guy with an SERIOUS chip on his cute little shoulder. i was too polite and smiled off his grumpy ways. anyway, we all fickled off to another bar shortly afterwards..not a big deal.
advice for this bartender: don't frown at a beautiful & polite girl-no one likes you-go eat worms.
owner: find a new bartender please- this is silly!!
Relaxed atmosphere – One evening when my friends and I didn't feel like going to Chelsea for a good night out, we ended up here through a recommendation of one of the friends we were with. Loved this place! No cover needed, it is crowded though. The crowd was pretty easygoing and the bartenders were pretty hot. The drinks are pretty stiff, and the bartender thinks he deserves a good tip because of this (he had the nerve to "yell" at my friend for not tipping him for her long island after I tipped him). Other than that, it was a pretty cool vibe with great music. However, we did run in to some pretty pathetic men that crowded around us. A dentist, journalist, and a lawyer. It was pretty interesting. Other than that, I would suggest this place as a great bar to go to if your looking for just a chill night in the city. I'll definitely go back.
Rude Bartender and he steals money! – Went there on a Friday night (Aug 29th)and had the WORST service I ever had at a bar. My friends and I are all in the restaurant/bar business and our bartender was eating dinner while we waited for drinks and acted annoyed when we asked for another drink. Then when we told him one of the beers were flat, he reluctantly got another beer and ordered me to take a sip while he was there so he wouldn't have to get up again. He was short, rude, abrupt and downright nasty in EVERY interaction with us no matter how nice (AND PATIENT) we were with him. We will never go there again and will tell others not to go. The "tragically hip" atmosphere doesn't need to include rude service. Additionally, we tipped him 20% in cash then left another $6 on a bill in which he decided to make $16!! Watch out for this place!!
Addendum: After calling to complain, a week later the owner credited me back my $10. Thank you!
Avoid the toilets – This place is sh t. Its full of pillow biters and the floor is sticky. Plus there's a girl lurking in there (Allison..?) who pesters you for favours in exchange for cr@ck.
Avoid at all costs.
the chillest bar on rivington? – Maybe its the candles, or the casual vibe, or perhaps even the double huge bathrooms so there's almost never a wait. I don't know, i really like this simple place. I will say it tends to get pretty local--everyone always seems to know everyone else late at night and that can make you feel a little weird and almost apologetic cause you aren't cool enough to live on the block or something. Whatever, I smile and just drink more. Then catch my damn cab to Brooklyn...
Keeping the LES not lame – Remember when there wasn't crowds of frat boys and velvet ropes in the Lower East Side? This bar does too. Good rock tunes, decent drink prices and cool people guarantee a good time, plus it's decorated like some movie star's home in the San Fernando Valley circa 1970.
Great Rock bar, I only wish they'd play heavier stuff more often. Good stiff drinks too...the only drawback is that it can be really really crowded and some of the bartenders think they are too cool for life..
Great rock spot – Has a 60s british rock feel. Best rock DJs ever.
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