Continental

Bars , Beer bars East Village
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This music venue may not have the storied punk history of nearby CBGB, but it doesn’t have the skanky bathrooms, either. Performance photos of Iggy, Blondie and Green Day line the walls, but musical trailblazing has given way to a steady stream of sound-alike hard-rock hopefuls. Still, the narrow, wood-floored space is clean, friendly, loud and cheap (most shows are free; others rarely top $5). Plus, with shots a mere $2.50 extra with every beer, and five shots for a ten-spot, there’s hardly a better place in town to stretch your drinkin’ dollars.
Venue name: Continental
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Address: 25 Third Ave
New York

Cross street: between St. Marks Pl and Stuyvesant St
Opening hours: Daily 4pm–4am
Transport: Subway: L to Third Ave; N, R to 8th St-NYU; 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Cover varies. Average drink: $5. Cash only
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Adam V
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One of my favorite dive bars. Please note - this place is certainly a dive, and not really in a cute way. This means that in terms of cleanliness, atmosphere, wait staff, decor, sanitation, etc. it is more of a '1' star (maybe '2' star on a good day) kind of place. What makes it so great then? Seeing, in person, a large banner perpetually hanging over the entrance, proclaiming "5 shots $10" all the time, no gimmicks (except that its terrible, nearly undrinkable, 'well' alcohol) - and knowing the kind of place that promotes itself like this is not likely to deny you another round. The bouncers are unfriendly and will make your life miserable. The place gets packed and smelly. The bartenders will kind of ignore you or demand tips. Then again $10 in and you may be knocked out. Grisly off-the-wagon alcoholics welcome... there's a row of ATMs outside.