Spanky & Darla's

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Photograph: Jonathan Aprea
East Village
An underage-drinking bust led to a rebranding (the bar used to be called Cheap Shots), but the formula remains unchanged: a large, rowdy crowd in a small, dingy room, five TVs tuned to ESPN, $5 beer-shot combos and Big Buck Hunter II next to the bathrooms. A sign behind the bar instructs, “Don’t hassle the ladies.” But if the patrons (usually a frattish mix) must be reminded, it’s a safe bet that the house rule is often breached. Rock stars seem not to have a problem, though, which might explain why indie heartthrob and East Villager Conor Oberst has been seen here playing air hockey with friends.
Venue name: Spanky & Darla's
Address: 140 First Ave
New York

Cross street: between St. Marks Pl and 9th St
Opening hours: Daily noon–4am
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave
Price: Average drink: $4. Cash only

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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Jillian Anthony

This is my favorite dive bar in the city. It's a tiny spot but almost never crowded, you can get any well drink for $3 and PBR and High Lifes for not much more, and delicious frozen margaritas for $6 (and they're definitely alcoholic). Plus, there's an awesome jukebox with '80s rock on it, so put on your favorite Elton John or Bon Jovi hit then climb up on the bar and dance for a free shot (it's highly encouraged). Sure, the bathrooms are always dirty and the floors aren't much better, but it's worth it get nice and tipsy for about $10. Order gummy bear shots!


Wonderful had a blast My new friend the Ukraine bar maid makes you feel so at home If your out of town and want cheap shots good music and talk hurry over

Patrick JF Falvey

This is a great spot, cheap beer & a very hot bartender. No joke she was not hired for her skills behind the stick. I had to teach her how to pull a draft. Otherwise it's a great East village dive.