New Yorkers know the East Village as the birthplace and historical home of Bohemian artist movements, counterculture protests, and punk rock madness. But when they think of this artsy neighborhood they also think cheap. There are plenty of great cheap bars that are a real slice of New York life.
The East Village's latest and greatest venue, full of underground excitement, an excellent beer selection, and diverse cocktails. The place reminds us of an old Tom Waits' song, the kind of place where "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy." D...85 Avenue A
In the decades since it opened in 1993, KGB has become something of a New York literary institution. Writers hooked up in the publishing world read here with pleasure and without pay to an adoring public over drinks almost every Sunday evening (fiction), Monday evening (poetry), ...85 East 4th Street (bet. 2nd and Bowery)
Superlatives abound when you are talking about one of New York's oldest continuously-operating bars. McSorley's is so old, in fact, that it it might as well have come with the colony when the British bought it. For over 150 years, McSorley's has been brewing its own, and just ent...15 East 7th Street (2nd and 3rd Avenues)
A family owned bar since 1958, the Blue and Gold remains a great neighborhood bar with reasonably priced drinks and a great jukebox. The bartenders are friendly and efficient and the clientele ranges from 25-35. Visitors can play pool, board games, or just hang out and enjoy $5 s...79 East 7th Street
The Parkside Lounge has been slowly heating up for the past decade. If you move beyond the bar in the front, you'll see why. The back room hosts up and coming local New York rock bands, DJs, and cabaret shows.317 East Houston Street