Mehanata Bulgarian Bar
New York, NY 10002
Village Voice's Description
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Mehanata replicates the drunken fervor that one experiences at a concert starring Gypsy-punk mustache gods Gogol Bordello. The bar embraces its Bulgarian heritage by serving rakia, a throat-stinging vodka-equivalent, as well as platters of hummus and kebapche. The real draw, however, is Mehanata's events, such as the self-explanatory "Trans-global Gypsy Punk Dance Party" and "Gypsy Punk Rock Meltdown." Downstairs, you'll find the Ice Cage, a "Siberian paradise" wherein one dons a Russian military outfit and downs shots. Advice from the website: "What happens if I get sick?" "Don't."
Tips from foursquare
After you get your fill of gypsy punk, end the night by grabbing a crepe to go at the Creperie (135 Ludlow). - Jim Shearer, Top 20 Countdown
With brass bands, electro-gypsy music, an “ice cage” freezer room, and plenty of good-looking patrons, Mehanata is to tame evenings what nuclear proliferation is to world peace.
Let's explain the "Ice Cage": For $20, you're thrown into a frozen glass room full of open vodka bottles in a Soviet soldier uniform. Frozen shot glass in hand, you get 2 minutes, all you can drink.
Super fun! Be sure to take a trip to the toilet and check out the sink! Seriously.
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