Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 1pm-4am
4pm-8pm; $5 selected cocktails and well drinks, $4 beers
Sat-Sun, 1pm-5pm; $5 cocktails and well drinks, $4 beers
L at First Ave.
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Long before Bua called it home, 122 St. Marks Place was the original locale of musical hub Sin-é, where a scrappy Jeff Buckley used to play for tips. Now a comfy bar full of Tisch and Cooper Union students, the joint’s Irish in name (Bua is Gaelic for “victory”) but not in practice, forgoing the usual pub hodgepodge for more capricious comforts: cauldrons of sangria and a sprightly cocktail menu instead of an extensive whiskey library, Berkshire pulled-pork sliders in place of bangers and mash or shepherd’s pie. The space itself is divided into two big rooms, each as large as your typical Manhattan dive, with long oak benches ensuring room for dozens. (A patio offers additional seating, though drinks aren't allowed outside after 11pm.) And with shows long a thing of the past, the bar’s patrons are now the main attraction: In the space’s flickering candlelight, the chatty twentysomethings all look lovely.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.