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Bowery Bar
Bowery, N of CBGB
Bowery
Manhattan
Costly drinks, obnoxious tenders, and that deadly combo of frattypes and hipsters place Bowery in the category reserved for nights of extreme intoxication and surplus wealth, when trouble is the name of the game. And if you're tracking north by the time you're pissed enough to open the door of Bowery, then trouble there will be. Observe The Manhattan Law of Gravity. [You will, someday, realize the primary problem here: it's spatially open in the wrong way.] { PK1 11/16/99: Bowery Bar oh Bowery Bar, from where did you come, and why do you hate us all so? Invariably i have been confronted with the underside of each employee's nose while experiencing this place. It seems that this is the place where those people, whose major insecurities result from their actually caring if one grew up in The City, find jobs—and then they invite over every person they know. The only good thing happening here is the early in the week primarily gay party (on Tuesday nights?). This party can be a lot of fun. Otherwise, the joke that is Bowery Bar invokes a sick laughter (647KB wav). And, i almost forgot, the food is fucking overpriced.}

Von
Bleeker @ Bowery
Bowery
Manhattan
[Von is Chill as they come. Stylish beers and wines complement its long wood bar, and the way in which it presents its beer/wine intention shows the Room family to be the racket that it is (e.g., anotherroom and The Other Room). Slint and other aural jewels rarefy my sipping on a rainy Sunday evening.]

CBGB
Bowery, N of CB's Gallery
Bowery
Manhattan
From time to time CBGB still has excellent music; Melvins and Eyehategod come to mind. If the show isn't great, the non-rock-and-roll price of a beer leaves you broke and deaf. { Jakeed 2/10/01: at last after many many a miss because of other commitments I catch M-16 early on a bizarrely warm warm February Friday night and am so happy I did their new drummer is an octopus and their Dominican lyrical stance pleasures me to the marrow even though I can't understand a word they're saying because they sing in Spanish but then at the same time no one ever understands a word I'm saying either so what's the difference and thanks to some dumb joe I carry away with me a recording with "Febrero" which delights me although how can I be sure that that means February and also "Raza" which I listen to over and over again "Raza Esclavizada Ahora grita ¡Libertad!" Merengue from hell music yeah and all this redeems CB's from its two three year time on my list of bad shit except that the price of beer just keeps going up I mean give me a fucking break four and a half for a Rolling Rock whatever rocker dudes}

CB's Gallery
Bowery, N of Marion's
Bowery
Manhattan
You will leave wishing you had something good to say about the Gallery. Comfort yourself with this mantra: "A venue where the booking agent loves Pleaseeasaur cannot be pure evil."

Marion's
Bowery, N of Houston
Bowery
Manhattan
If you can find a seat in this tiny Bowery anomaly, the service provided by its mellow, head-shorn tender compensates for the perilous breach of The Tropic of Houston. Other rewards of this classy establishment include Pepperidge Farms goldfish (instead of pretzels) and astonishing ashtrays, as well as the house specialty, Metropolitans. Marion's, unfortunately, closes at 2. { PK1 11/16/99: This respectfully subdued swanky establishment is excellent for spending a portion of your evening alone with someone special. If forever sharp Mr. Gerrard (sp?) still dj's there on Tuesday nights it is especially worth the visit. For quiet drinks and maybe a meal from their well chosen menu...wait...am i remembering a date from my past? I hope it goes as well for you.} [I love the fact that I always wish I was wearing a suit and hat when I walk in to Marion's.] [Marion's is brilliantly staffed like few places in The City. Personal attention and painstaking drink preparation in the diminutive bar accord with the genial patrons whose pauses in conversation seem to be silent wonderment at how time can be felt to slow or expand, perhaps reverse itself, for your pleasure.] [!]

on to Noho or on to E.Vill. and St. Mark's Place and Thirst Avenue
or on to Little Italy or on to LES or on to Chinatown

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