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The Blue Donkey Bar

487 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024 40.785999 -73.976196
nr. 84th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-496-0777 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: After Hours, Bar Food, Outdoor Area, Restaurant & Bar, Smoking Area
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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1 at 86th St.; B, C at 86th St.

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This venue is closed.

When the Blue Donkey Bar moved one storefront over, it left behind its neon and Pink Floyd for a more neighborly persona. Abba’s “Dancing Queen” comes on, and locals perform the obligatory choreographed arm-dance from their bar stools, which they seem to have coordinated over the years. Incoming patrons slap hands with bartender Steve and find their self-assigned seats. The place is more of an extended living room than a bar, and the novelties of foosball, Buck Hunter, and a jukebox go ignored in place of six sport-centric flatscreen TVs and good conversation. The beer selection stretches a little outside of the Bud box, with imports like Boddingtons and Shock Top on tap, but liquor doesn’t get very exotic, save for a single absinthe offering. Burgers run on the dry side, but are pretty satisfying after a few cold ones.

Chicken and Beer Sundays

Get a basket of wings or chicken tenders and a pitcher of beer for $13 on Sundays.