Though there are no shortage of places to drink in NYC (rooftop bars, wine bars, sports bars —you name it), the city’s dive bars are wonderfully gritty and increasingly hard to find. So when we learned in 2011 that Mars Bar would close to make room for condos, there was a collective sigh of disappointment. When it was rumored to be reopening, hope blossomed, but turns out it’ll only be the same in name alone. Mars Bar is opening its doors again next week, but as a “wellness recreation center,” with yoga, health food and skin-care services. So before we bid adieu, let’s relive the bar’s glory days through the photos below.
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Sitting outside on the patio, quaffing giant steins of beer is possible year round at Loreley, a heated outdoor beer garden on the Lower East Side. If truly awful weather pushes you inside, grab a seat in the indoor beer hall. With rustic wood benches for seating and exposed brick walls, this bar and restaurant has a modern German aesthetic. Thirsty patrons can sample beers from Weihenstephaner—the world’s oldest brewery—and the 11 other German-inspired breweries on tap. Kolsch, hefeweizen, lager and IPA: this beer garden has it all. Not into the suds? There’s also a wine list and full bar available. The bartenders will even mix up specialty cocktails, if you’re so inclined. All that drinking got you feeling peckish? Order something from the kitchen. Loreley’s extensive menu features classic pub food and German favorites. Think everything from giant soft pretzels, currywurst and weiner schnitzel to buffalo wings, nachos and burgers. Keep an eye out for special events, like holiday brunches and weekend craft beer festivals.
Venue says: “We are the largest heated outdoor beer garden in Manhattan's lower east side and have a great selection of imported beers, wines & spirits.”