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12.24.14 Rhett Jones

The always interesting data-blog I Quant New York (IQNY) has created a great infographic of the oldest liquor licenses in NYC based on the available data. While this doesn’t necessarily mean a list of the oldest bars in the city, it’s actually more enlightening, since it reveals some places that aren’t usually known for being historical […]

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11.19.14 Bucky Turco

Just like St. Patrick’s Day, SantaCon is an annual event that attracts a lot of annoying people who commit deplorable acts on the streets of New York City, except they wear red, not green. Yet for some reason, it’s the latter spectacle that turns so many New Yorkers into modern-day Grinches. After it was reported […]

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10.15.14 ANIMAL

The Village Voice’s annual “Best Of New York City” list came out today. They got a lot of shit wrong. Newark Airport sucks. Who the hell can afford to shop at Paragone? Big Bar is not a dive bar and there are no dive bars for blocks anywhere near it. And don’t even get us […]

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08.20.14 Sophie Weiner

The iconic Upper East Side dive bar Subway Inn was granted a restraining order just days before their planned eviction. The bar was opened just after prohibition ended. On their Facebook page, the bar thanked the people of New York for this temporary halt. “On behalf of entire Salinas family, we cannot express the immense […]

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05.13.14 Andy Cush

When news surfaced that Mars Bar might reopen at its old East Village address, it was already apparent that it might return a shadow of its former self. Now, we know the whole, ugly truth: they’ll be serving quinoa and fresh-squeezed juice. The new Mars Bar — and it will still be called Mars Bar […]

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05.01.14 Andy Cush

Big news for downtown dive bar nostalgists: not only might Max Fish be coming back to its original neighborhood, Mars Bar — or some facsimile of it — will be resurrected at its old address. Bedford & Bowery broke the news after noticing an item about the bar on a meeting agenda for the local community […]

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03.14.14 Andy Cush

Anyone who wants to can play a show at Goodbye Blue Monday. No matter your personal brand of musical or artistic weirdness, no matter how small your fanbase, how few shows you’ve played before, just email founder and booker Steve Trimboli with some dates you have in mind, and he’ll respond with a friendly if […]

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01.13.14 Andy Cush

A DNAinfo roundup of NYC businesses that accept bitcoin as a form of payment includes two bars: Old Man Hustle on Essex Street in the Lower East side, and EVR in Midtown near Bryant Park. Cryptocurrencies are here to stay and that’s that,” says Mike Jarmuz, owner of Old Man Hustle. “Bitcoins are fun. They are revolutionary.” The list […]

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08.01.13 Bucky Turco

While riding through the LES on my way home last night, I popped by Max Fish to see what was left of the now defunct space. There was about half-a-dozen people there–including owner Ulli Rimkus–sweeping and cleaning up the place, which already looked like a shell of its former self just 48 hours after its […]

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07.30.13 Bucky Turco

Max Fish, a venerable dive bar on the Lower East Side that has operated continuously for over two decades, poured its final round of drinks last night. And this time it was for real. ANIMAL was on hand, with correspondent Julia Dawidowicz, to document the ceremonial closing and witness firsthand, that the patient was indeed […]

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