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The Distinguished Wakamba Lounge

543 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10018 40.754191 -73.992033
nr. 37th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-244-9045 Send to Phone

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Daily, noon-4am

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, E at 34th St.-Penn Station

Payment Methods

Discover, MasterCard, Visa


The most distinguishing thing about the Distinguished Wakamba Lounge is probably the murder that took place on its doorsteps: In 2000, undercover cops fatally shot an unarmed security guard after unsuccessfully trying to buy marijuana from him here. Despite its grim notoriety and seedy Eighth Avenue location, the Wakamba is surprisingly low-key, attracting blue-collar types after quitting time and slumming FIT grads whose favorite pastime is playing “DT Undercover or Postal Worker?” with the crowd. These days, the only crime committed at the Wakamba is (over) charging for a bottle of Bud.