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Holiday Cocktail Lounge

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75 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10003 40.727861 -73.985832
nr. First Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-777-9637 Send to Phone

Photo by Ben Rosenzweig

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Daily, 4pm-4am

Nearby Subway Stops

N, R at 8th St.-NYU; L at First Ave.; N, R at 8th St.-NYU

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American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


W. H. Auden once lived next door, and Trotsky across the street. Both knew a little something about the low life, and so does the clientele of this East Village landmark. Years of thick smoke have given the place a gray pallor, the booths are cracked but cozy, and the Rolling Stones dominate the jukebox. In other words, you've got all you need to nurse yourself through a bout of poverty and despair. Just don't ask for a whiskey sour; they don't do that here. Straight whiskey, on the other hand, flows like water and, at $4 a glass, doesn't cost much more.


The Holiday started out as a Prohibition-era speakeasy—and you might wonder if the well drinks are still made with bathtub gin.