Mon-Fri, 11am-4am; Sat, 1-4am; Sun, 2pm-4am
1pm-6pm; $2 off drinks
L at Eighth Ave.; A, C, E at 14th St.
Like many trendy Manhattan theme dives, Hogs & Heifers leads a double life. Weekdays find this Meatpacking District institution serving shots and long-necks to actual meat-packers, and weeknights attract a genial, guy-heavy regular crowd of transplanted and would-be urban rednecks. On weekends, however, Hogs & Heifers is packed with a riot of whooping tourists and singles hoping to glimpse a drunken famous person's bra. The joint's desperate Saturday night pitch makes you grateful for the unobtrusive but swift bouncers who protect and serve without apology (or negotiations).
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.