6 at Astor Pl.; N, R at 8th St.-NYU
$12-$30 with a 2 drink minimum or $12 food minimum
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The Public Theater is developing an uncomfortable reputation as a hothouse for flops. But for the past few years, it has managed to generate one sure-fire hit: Joe's Pub. Named after Public Theater founder Joseph Papp (whose vintage portraits adorn one wall), the intime cabaret and bar space, filled with plush red-cushioned chairs and tiny tables, has attracted and supported some of the most interesting performers in New York, from emerging icons like Carl Hancock Rux to the irascible Sandra Bernhard.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.