The bouncers at the door aren’t window dressing—they’re serious about keeping out the rough element that characterized this hangout for much of its 80-year history. True, the venerable dive has evolved, hosting events with such partners as Triple 5 Soul (there’s an occasional cover of $5) and adding DJs who spin jungle and new wave. It hasn’t evolved too much, though: 169 remains a satisfyingly obscure place to get a beer for $3 and, until it’s time to hit the pool table, pump the music and start dancing.
|Venue name:||169 Bar||Contact:|
169 East Broadway
|Cross street:||between Jefferson and Rutgers Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 2pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: F to East Broadway|
|Price:||Average drink: $5|