New York >Bars & Clubs > Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.719505 -73.993521
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Bowery, Downtown
Go before midnight to avoid a line at favorite LES soul dancing cellar Home Sweet Home. Once ubercool, the floor now gets packed after midnight with a yuppie crowd, but there's still dancing to be had, shadowed by taxidermy and a disco ball. Go for any Jonathan Toubin party.
My friend hooked up drink discounts at Home Sweet Home through Groupon. The Groupon deal entailed 1 hr of unlimited drinks at Home Sweet Home for $4.50/person. The 1hr window began at 8:15pm. The bartender rudely ices us for about 20 mins claiming he'll get right to us but that he's really busy. We finally have drinks in hand at around 8:40. Then, when we come back for seconds, the bartender tells us that 1 hr has elapsed and that we don't get any more drink specials. The reality is that approximately 45-50 mins had elapsed, not the full hour. Conveniently for the bartender, the manager wasn't in at this time, or so he said. Bottom line: Home Sweet Home has terrible service, a total douchebag as the bartender, and based on our experience, is a dishonest establishment that appears to relish in ripping its customers off.
I Love This Place – If u think of yourself as a rock star then go to home sweet home to feel like one, this place has personality, comfort, and i always feel like I am home, the owners Kritsen and Nadia are the hotest and coolest girls you'll ever meet , don t just walk to home sweet home ,run to get you r drink on. Plenty of single men and women running around, not a bad place to spend a regular weeknight.
Kind of a hipster Copacabana – First of all, every time I come here (usually fridays) one of my friends loses something, so you know that means you had a fun night. Home Sweet Home is what would happen if your mom's basement had cool lighting, a great DJ, and 300+ of your closest friends ready to get drunk and dance. The decor is randomly chic including mismatched vintagey furniture, stuffed animals (not of the teddy-bear variety), and kick ass chandeliers. This underground bar with cement floors with a low ceiling definitely is reminiscent of a dingy basement, but that's a good thing because it feels like you're...well, at home. Find Home Sweet Home by the unmarked entryway with a staircase and fancy chandelier, and don't be surprised or frustrated if they charge a teensy cover, it's worth it. A narrow bar area leads to a dance floor in the back where hipsters, downtown fashionistas, and other creatively dressed twenty-somethings wiggle around to Motown, early rock and roll, and a few carefully selected tracks from the 70's-90's. Because there's probably over 300 people packed into this tiny basement, space is pretty tight and a fight has been known to break out...but within 2 minutes that fight will probably just turn into a dance battle so no need to worry. Load up on the cheap drinks, dance to music that you probably don't know but will become your new favorite, and use the lack of space to "accidentally" grope one of the many cute guys at Home Sweet Home.
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Factory turned boozy Lower East Side hideaway – Despite its name, this subterranean spot isn’t exactly a dream abode, with decor that consists of an odd mix of dilapidated couches and chandeliers, and a bar that doubles as a display case for assorted eBay-purchased goods (including a guitar and several taxidermy animals). But the irony of the bar’s name isn’t lost on the typical patrons here, most of whom belong to the Converse-and-distressed-jeans set. Although you might not envision your future home outfitted like this, after a few relatively inexpensive cocktails (mixed drinks range between $6 and $10), you’ll feel at ease on the dance floor, bopping to everything from alternative rock to pop hits.
Wierd Wednesdays – It's a tavern full of taxidermy animals (and no I'm not referring to the boring college hipsters, dazed and drunkenly plopped on the cushy baroque-en furniture). Wierd on Wednesdays is my favorite. Cool bartenders serve brew in plasses (not glasses) but that's only because the buzzed hipsters always leave there unfinished cups all over the place for dancers like me to trip and fall on. I enjoy the dark/coldwave underground music which many of these kids know nothing about. It's a good place to do some serious mellowing. On a good night a few goths will pop by. Otherwise....stay away.
Worst Bar Experience Ever – This was by far my worst bar experience having lived in nyc my whole life! I am not one to write reviews, this is my first in fact but this place was so awful. The bouncers were extremely abusive to their customers as well as kept us waiting in the cold just to show off how macho they are. Once we entered the place was so over crowded its just a matter of time before the fire department shuts them down. They must of packed the place at 2x maximum capacity. Drinks were VERY WEAK and served in PLASTIC CUPS!! The restrooms are vulgar and have not been cleaned in months. Because of the overcrowd its impossible to walk 2 steps without getting your drink knocked over. Avoid this place at ALL COSTS!!
Awful – I was very excited to check this place out since I'm very into the whole indie music scene. What a disappointment!
Drinks were the weakest I've ever had in NYC, even after we requested the second round to be a little stronger.
The bartender overcharged us for an extra round on our tab...$60 for five drinks?!!!!
The music was good, but not fantastic. Playlist followed the indie "formula" without any creative or inspiring selections. The Otheroom has much better music.
Decor was good. Don't expect a romantic or posh place, definitely a hipster/wanna-be hipster scene.
a great place to hear strong djs and chill out – Home Sweet Home feels like you are chilling in someone's attic or basement. Dark atmosphere, lots of taxidermy, vintage treasures in an old bar. No attitude at the door, lots of tequila shots, cheap drinks (which become free once you become a regular) real djs who can spin everything from The Cure to Bauhaus. Do not go here if you want to see Lindsay Lohan or if your boyfriend wants to show what a high roller he is by buying a table. There are not bottles here to buy. However, you will see seriously cool people here,: I met Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone one night, as well as Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Oh and bring a sweater if you are cold easy, before the crowd rolls in, it can be a little chilly (its a basement bar).
seriously? – If your down with the great unwashed, then this is your scene. Like a cracked out alternative college party.
Great below delancy bar – Dim lighting, multiple taxidermy animals, comfort feel to a hipster bar. Make sure you go when Sandy (one of the owners) is working. Sandy rules. Always a good dj.
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