159 E Houston St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.722901 -73.989051
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
Buried Treasure – The National Underground is my favorite bar in NYC. They have live music every night of the week and the bands are always good. The bartenders are hot, and they serve the best burgers in manhattan. Although its only been open about a year, NU's the place you wanna be to have a laid-back (albeit) hell of a time. Plus, I get Iaid everytime I go there, and while the $ex often leaves something to be desired, I always give this place 5 stars. Also, Samantha Levitt is the greatest bartender ever!
GREAAAATT MUSIC AND BURGERS!!!!! WOW!!! – The National Underground is a real find for a girl like me. Being from the south, I appreciate people that can play instruments and sing traditional type songs... often the bartenders are too busy pouring drinks to strike up a conversation so bring a friend or plan on making one, which has been easy for me to do there. I am a frequent customer of the place so i can tell you that most of them are nice, however, the male bartender that says he owns the place with the DeGraw brothers has made me uncomfortable in the past so be wary of him, I think that's how he meets girls. HAHA creepy : /
MORE THAN JUST A HOME FOR THE ALL OR NOTHING BURGER – Anyone living in New York knows how hard it is to find a decent place that isn't crawling with shallow idiots or drooling drunk frat boys. Not only to find intelligent, decent people but smart music and National Underground has both. in the heart of Houston street it defines it's own syle. You walk in and can't help but feel right at home, by the looks of the place and the feel of the people. In the heart of one of the most expensive cities in the world, The National Underground is the kind of place you remember for it's small town comfort and prices. If you're lucky you'll catch the owners/brothers Gavin or Joey DeGraw (my favorite :) .... along with friends. And sometimes, you'll even find them in the kitchen, making sure you're burger is just right for you. And if you haven't tried the burgers, they'll make sure you do, making little mini burgers for everybody to try! Don't miss out. This place is a super great hang for all generations!
Cool place, good music BUT....they treat you like dirt... – I walk in this past Wed at 9:45. Music is supposed to start at 9 and I see a band taking equipment out so I asked the bartender what the deal with music was and she acted as though I was some annoyance to bother her with such a question. Finding out another band would start soon I decide to stay and order a Blue Moon. Miss Crabtree returns with a glass 3/4 full and says the keg ran out so she will only charge me $5. Well nobody wants the last glass in the keg and sure enough it was flat but she left so quickly I was stuck with it. So I sip for a bit cause I was thirsty as I tried to get her attention but she was too involved in her conversation with friends. When she finally returns I tell her the beer is flat and I would like a Stella instead. She says well you drank half of it...so she walks away and returns with half a glass of Stella to replace it.
I can not imagine how somebody whose salary is dependent on their customers happiness would treat me like this. I also can not understand why any establishment would find this acceptable from their employees. Perhaps I will drink elsewhere and then come here to listen to the music for free as that is always enjoyable..
Gavin, why let others ruin your place for you??
Great music, worst bartenders in the city – Lots of awesome bands here, all the time, on both floors, which would make you think this place would rock out. But the bartenders there treat you like dirt. I've never seen one smile or thank someone for a tip, and when they're not making you wait while they have their own conversation, they are walking over to you like a 12 year old who was just told to clean their room. Grow up, brats, welcome to New York.
By all means go, enjoy the great music, just me ready to be treated like a dog who just crapped on the carpet when you ask for a drink.
Great cheeseburgers, great music, awesome atmosphere – National Underground is a bar among bars. You'd walk right by it if you didn't know you were looking for it, and once you find it you are SO happy! The atmosphere is easy and relaxed- everyone is really nice and very welcoming. They just started serving burgers that are delicious and homemade, and the music is carefully selected and so diverse. You'll hear everything from blue grass to funky rock. Eveyone is really hands on there and you'll have the owner making your burgers and the managers choosing your shots.
It's fun and new and so worth trying out!
Hope everyone loves it as much as I do :)
Chillin out – If you have been following the careers of Joey and Gavin as long as I have, you know that this project has been a long time in the making. What many people don't know, is that the downstairs area is pretty much compliments of Joey's handy man skills, as he exposed the bring himself, and is as well a skilled carpenter. The atmosphere is very cool and chill, I'm a big fan of the way it's been put together visually, and I quite enjoy going there to have a drink from time to time and hear some gerenally good live music. My only complaint is that when it gets crowded, like most places in New York, the clientel is that of probably overly priveleged white kids from Long Island, who have no depth and no passion for music. Otherwise, big thumbs up.
CRAPPY MANAGEMENT!!! – I just started going there for the open Mic nights on Monday night to see my favorite host Bobby Kane. I love listening to all the talent in the room!!! However I just found out that he will no longer be there because of some kind of stupidity that happened over there. The Management is so stupid and will be losing a lot of clients because of it. Bobby ROCKS and I will follow his open Mic nights anywhere!!! I will definitely not be going to National Underground ever again and will be telling everyone I talk to not to go there also unless they bring back Bobby!!!!
Nice Place – Anyone hanging around Bleeker Street for the last few years know the deal with these brothers. The famous one is a really nice, talented fellow--the older, un-famous one is a pompous dunderhead with a Napoleon complex (and he is of normal height) who wreaks of false sincerity and fame envy.
Live music every night and a friendly, no-frills attitude help this divey rock bar sing. – In Short
Musicians/ brothers Joey and Gavin DeGraw's rock bar isn't just another Lower East Side pseudo-glam spot, it's a bona fide rock and roll club with live music seven nights a week and none of the now ubiquitous bottle-service annoyances. The space (once home to Martignetti Liquors) has been gussied up with hanging tapestries and a pair of Texas longhorns above the bar--not that the crowd of locals, musicians, and local musicians notice the decor, as they sip inexpensive cocktails and listen to bands churning out everything from original songs to Beatles covers.
Hits: No pretenses, no college kids, and a relaxed door policy where you're welcomed rather than stonewalled.
Misses: There's no stage or separate performance area, so when it's crowded, some patrons may find themselves in awkwardly close proximity to the band.
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