Apr-Oct; Daily, 11am-midnight; Nov-Mar, closed
D, F, N, Q at Coney Island-Stillwell Ave.
This boardwalk dive has seen better days (Jimmy Durante supposedly got his start here), but that's of no importance to the sideshow freaks swallowing frozen margaritas and Wise Guy lager now that they've finished a shift of swallowing swords. Nearby, burly Latinos blast Tito Puente on the jukebox, or punk kids pour in for bands like Agnostic Front and the Slackers who've found an ideal performing space in this expansive room adorned with plastic skulls and a Day-Glo Coney Island mural. Owner John "Cha Cha" Ciarcia is a former boxing promoter with bit parts in Goodfellas and The Sopranos, yet it's hard to imagine this Mayor of Little Italy hanging the busty plastic torsos from the ceiling. Then again, as any one of the tattooed regulars will tell you (or the bikini-clad bartender, or the photos on the walls): It takes all types.On the Roof
In addition to seats on the boardwalk, Cha Cha’s has a deck on the roof that provides a great view of the Coney Island ferris wheel.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.