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Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge

Map & Directions 543 8th Ave.
New York, NY 10018
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212-244-9045
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The Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge is a real New York find, the kind of place that's not supposed to exist anymore except in indie films about the '70s, but there it is. It's a hole-in-the-wall with a wacky ambience to match its name, making it way more textured than your average sports bar—or average anything. The lounge looks semi-tropical/safari-ish on the outside, and inside there are miniature mirrored grottoes backing the bar, giving the place a sort of Goodfellas-meets–Boca Raton touch. But the real foci are the multiple screens for those who watch sports events like they were Dancing With the Stars. The sign outside dutifully tells you the schedule: "12:30 Mets at Pirates; 7 p.m. Royals at Yankees; 8 p.m. Devils, Rangers, Game 6." Even more important is the price chart, which is especially delightful from noon to 5 p.m.: "$3 domestic beers, $4 imported, $5 well drinks." Drinking at noon? Sure, why not? At any time, this place draws stragglers from Penn Station and the Port Authority as well as the office crowd and some ready-to-unwind school personnel. Distinguished indeed.

 
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  • The Expendables 2 on 06/30/10

    This bad ass bar isn’t for the weary-hearted but enjoy cheap drinks & great tunes. Brought to you by THE EXPENDABLES opening August 13!

  • jeff o. on 04/21/10

    the first rule of wakamba is that you don't talk about wakamba

  • The Corcoran Group on 02/17/12

    One of our favorite dive/tiki bars in all five boroughs. Start at 8am with the old men or come later for great jukebox tunes, trashy barteders and a lot of dancing!

  • michael d. on 11/12/09

    it's an adventure... kitschy and fun, yet dark and weird.

  • Fatima A. on 10/22/13

    The best worst bar of NYC!

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