99 Ave B, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.724720 -73.981275
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Alphabet City, East Village
The Truth – Manitoba's is the real deal. Handsome Dick Manitoba made sure to maintain an authentic, no-nonsense East Village bar when he decided to open this place. Great bartenders (Chris is the best), good drinks, air-hockey and one of the best jukeboxes in the city.
Great Bar for Punk and Garage Music Lovers – Love this bar. My partner and I go there often just to hang out and have a few drinks and play music. Very cool, mature, low key, non pretentious crowd. Great atmosphere, cheap drinks and many cool pics on the walls. Most of the bars in this area are too trendy with over priced drinks, and the crowd is mostly made up of arrogant, young, annoying, snobby hipster types. At Manitobas, the crowd is all ages and the people are cool, "real", friendly people just out to have fun and socialize. Plus, Handsome Dick Manitoba is not bad on the eyes either, lol.
OK Gin Mill – Manitobas is an ok,no frills gin mill.Some cool photos of old time punk rockers and a pretty good juke.Only thing is I was there at like,midnight on a friday and the place was almost empty.Probably a good spot to meet up with friends before heading for someplace more jumpin'.
real deal – best bar in the east village. good bartenders,good drinks. nothing fancy shamancy, but who needs it? I don't know what the person that wrote the bad review is talking about. the place doe not smell anyworse then half the trendy little overpriced bars in the village. People here are friendly, its defiently NOT yuppie, and if you've seen the jukebox you have no room to complain.
Laid-Back – Let me start with a story: A few months ago, I was waiting on line at 7B for the bathroom, but it was taking forever. I think someone was either dying or screwing in there. Anyway, I needed to go, I skipped across the street to Manitoba's. Their bathroom was lineless, and I did my business and walked out. My friend and I noted, however, that some good music was playing. We left. Flash forward to this past Friday night. I was on my way to 7B again to play photohunt, and I had to use the facilities before I got there. I remembered the bad bathroom conditions at 7B, and the good bathroom conditions at Manitoba's, so I stopped in there first to use it. Yet again, a really good song was playing. My friend and I stayed for a beer and then noticed that Manitoba's, too, has photohunt (the bar computer game). Not only that, I checked out the jukebox and the awesome bartender had loaded it with money so that customers could go through it and pick some songs. I put on 7 songs, including Joan Jett's "Bad Repulation." When it came on, the bartender showed me a glossy photo of her that he had autographed and lemented that he couldn't find the right spot to put it. We gave each other 5.
Well, anyway, Manitoba's is my favorite spot to have a beer, play Photohunt, listen to A+ punk rock, and use the bathroom. Highly recommended.
This place is burned out. All the hip locals and musicians cleared out long ago.Now it's strictly for weekend yuppies rockers,sports bar types and tourists.The reviewer whose favorite feature was the "free air hockey' says it all.
It's also a very "boys only' vibe and females avoid this bar.The fact that the place smells so bad doesn't help.The bartender told me the bathrooms are actually vented into the bar instead of outside ! That explains why the place smelled like doo-doo!
Great vibe, killer jukebox, nice bar games – Was here last night with a group of people and definitely plan on making this a regular spot. Very cool punk rock atmosphere with old photos on the walls and first-generation punk blaring through the jukebox at just the right volume (loud, but not so loud that you can't have a conversation). Decent beer selection with nice prices--several beers in the $3-5 range. The bartenders and most of the crowd was hip but friendly; definitely not an intimidating scene. And to top it all off, here's a bar feature that's tough to beat: free air hockey. Strange but true.
Anyway, check out Manitoba's, you won't be disappointed.
Always a Good Time – The first time we went to Manitobas there was a bachelor party going on downstairs and there were three or four strippers running around half nekkid. I knew straight away that this was the place for us. Great music on the jukebox, a good crowd without the attitude, and enough hard liquor for the Chinese Army. Handsome Di ck was even kind enough to give me an autograph to send to a friend for his birthday and he took photos with us as well. That was 2 and a half years ago and we haven't been let down since. If you want foo-foo music and over priced drinks look elsewhere, if you want great music with strong drinks and a little bit of punk rock history then look up Handsome Dic k down in Alphabet City. You won't be disappointed.
I love this place!! – This is hands down the best bar in the world!! The drinks are great, service was phenomenal (the bartender had my drink ready before I even ordered, I swear!), and the jukebox kicks butt!!! Handsome Dick Manitoba could charm paint of the wall and the guy who bartends with him is amazing and funny too! I had the best time here and I'm definitely going back often...
Great place for shots.. – I enjoy this place most of the time with my girl, my buddy recently met his life partner here.... have to say this is an "underground love" bar. Kudos to the owner for having this place and managing to keep it from going under. There is also one really annoying bartender, that replaced a really great one. WTF? Anyhow, punk is still alive here.
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