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Cherry Tavern

Cherry Tavern

One of the best dives in New York
441 E. 6th St.
Btwn A & 1st Ave
(212) 777-1448

Overview

On a lonely end of 6th Street just shy of Avenue A sits a seemingly sleepy and unassuming little bar. Notable neither for its dilapidated facade or its drab and dreary decor, the Cherry Tavern might not be worth mentioning at all were it not for the simple fact that it is a bar where things happen.

On any given night the Cherry Tavern plays host to a dozen or more scandals, liaisons, newborn friendships, broken alliances, and ultimately the pairings and despairings which characterize the best and worst New York City nights. The Cherry Tavern is that rare Manhattan bar where strangers interact. Maybe itís that the jukebox invariably plays at just the right level Ė loud enough to keep the room alive, but not so loud as to drown out conversation. Or maybe itís the dim and hazy lighting under which everyone always seems to look so many times better than they will tomorrow morning. Whatever the cause may be, the Cherry Tavern seems to reside in a karmic grace which somehow persuades people to break free of their tightly bound social circles and open themselves up to the possibilities of the night.

Why You Should Go

  • Friendly, hard working bartenders
  • PBR and a shot of whiskey for $4 (Sun-Tues)
  • Buybacks are common when it's not crowded.

What You Should Know

  • The cheap drinks and dim red lighting elevate the opposite sex to a radiance made all the brighter by its contrast to the dingy environs.
  • Past midnight on Thurs/Fri/Sat it's shoulder to shoulder.
  • The Cherry was once that mythical dive bar/model hangout, and although this time has past it stands tall even in the shadow of its former glory.
  • If you want to make new friends play pool.

Outside Reviews

Stuff Magazine

Interview with Caitlan a Cherry Tavern bartender

New York Magazine

Shoot pool, get drunk, get phone numbers, go home.

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