3pm-8pm; $4 draft beer, well drinks, and wine
L at First Ave.
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The East Village has more bars than Sing Sing, so any joint that's lasted more than 15 years must be doing something right. In the case of Bar on A (also known as BOA or Barona), the key to success has been its casual yet sexy atmosphere. Multiple ceiling fans and snakeskin barstools (honoring original owner Bob Scarrano's live boa constrictors) lend a Southeast Asian feel, especially in hotter months while the beer selection extends beyond the usual to Schneider Weiss and Duvel (both served in chilled, label glasses). The bar menu is similarly diverse with edamame making an appearance as well as nachos. As to the crowd, they're mainly local, college-educated types ("No, he didn’t go to Wesleyan, he went to Trinity") who aren't looking to get too crazy. Since annexing the café next door, Bar on A also hosts the occasional acoustic or rock act.Extra
The kitchen serves up bar snacks from 3pm—midnight on weeknights and 1pm-midnight on weekends.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.