Owned and operated by Dick Manitoba a former front man for The Dictators, Manitoba's, while not exactly a punk bar per se, remains true to the spirit of punk - camaraderie and anit-materialism. The crowd's as friendly as any you'll find, a Rheingold can be had for $3, and no cover live bands play here most nights. With a combo like that it's hard to think of a reason not to go.
A young and heavy drinking crowd of loyal regulars show up for free nightly live music in one room and a vibrant bar scene in the other. And if the bands in between sets there's always table top Pac Man and a working old style photo booth.
Loud and raucous, the student crowd here's the same as the other big frat bars on this block, but at least Jake's has a backroom that's free of TVs, so you can try and score digits without the sickly plasma palor.
Upper West Side 430 Amsterdam Ave.
(btwn 80th & 81st St)
This NYC outpost of the Vegas Double Down has a long wooden bar and a pool table in back. The wall is emblazed with a disclaimer: You puke. You clean it. It might seem odd until you realize they serve a Bacon Martini (made with real bacon) and a shot called Ass Juice made from undisclosed ingrediants.