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169 Bar

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Why locals love it

Open since 1916, the only thing that has really changed at 169 Bar is the name and the addition of air conditioning. Locals go for the $3 beer and shot special - and the '70s fern-bar vibe. Especially when compared with the increasingly upmarket bars in nearby Lower East Side and East Village, 169 Bar is both literally and figuratively refreshing.

Why you should visit it

169 Bar's obscure location is partly what makes it so satisfying. Very much like the Two Bridges neighborhood in which it's located, the bar is off-the-beaten-path and stepping inside is like stepping back in time - complete with a mash-up of '70s, '80s and '90s decor, cheap drinks and a pool table.

Special tip

Unlike most bars, the kitchen doesn't close. A full menu is offered daily until 4am.

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LOVE this dive bar. Eclectic decor with a mix of music. Lots of disco mixed in which I love. Crowd is always a mix of locals and regulars of all ages. Never encountered an unfriendly soul here. Even the bouncers are nice. Drinks are cheapppp.
January 10, 2020
Fun place to have a drink, dance and get cozy with someone sexy.
November 28, 2017
Used to live down the block from here. It quickly became my go-to.
July 26, 2016
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