Cherry Tavern marks off every category on the dive-bar checklist. Primary source of illumination: Christmas lights. Walls: 1970s wood paneling. Happy hour: $2 PBR. Pool table: used as a makeshift lounge. Jukebox: full of perfectly obscure LPs. Enter if you want to infiltrate the breeding grounds of East Village locals; wear flannel for added stealth.
Just discovered this one recently and it's now a must stop for a few beers when I'm down in the city. I've always only gone on Friday and Saturday nights and there's always one of two cool Bartendresses serving brew. Ozzy always gets tons of play on the juke which has a nice varied mix of punk/metal/rap/alt rock. The also have the electronic trivia/video game and as you can see from the picture a pool table. I dig it
A little lime and salt help that five-dollar bill (tip your bartender) go a long way, especially on Fridays, when CHERRY TAVERN gets unusually rowdy 'round midnight. The room is already too small for the crowd it draws, and pool-table-watching newbies en route to the bathroom try to bob and weave around cues after four rounds. But the place hums with gleefully buzzed twentysomethings who know a good bargain when they see it. More »