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This dingy basement bar offers probably no more than 10 drinks, but longtime owner/bartender Stefan Lutak, an often-trashed legend in his own right, serves them strong. Underpaid students, punks, and fat men all engage in a cheap, efficient race toward obliteration in the worn-in booths; $3 bottles of Bud and $4 glasses of whiskey make it easy. Large crowds of patronsathe smoking deprivedaaccumulate outside.
Don't expect to find any cocktails here. Holiday Cocktail Lounge has been serving cheap imported beers and stiff well drinks ($3) to the lonely and destitute for more than 15 years. The dive's horseshoe-shaped bar brings Bukowski to mind, but there are as many East Village hipsters as barflies. There's a dysfunctional Cheers-like scene (local drunk "the Rabbi"), and steady traffic from St. Marks attracted by the jukebox (Muddy Waters, the Rolling Stones). Holiday is best known for its... More »
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