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Best of New York 2012 • Fun

Best L.E.S. Bar

  • No Fun

    161 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-477-1616

    This bastion of minimalist cool is the missing link between the nearly extinct downtown dives of yore and the ascendant cocktail gentrifiers. Named for a Stooges song (a framed picture of Iggy silently judges you from behind the bar), it’s an unassuming spot to grab a pint from a selection of twelve taps or a whiskey from a wall of bottles. And while a top-notch tapas menu soaks up the booze, No Fun still has rock bona fides: If you stop by late, you might hear Andy Rourke of the Smiths D.J.-ing in the banquetted back room.

From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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