7pm-10pm; daily specials
4, 5, 6 at 86th St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
If you long for those bygone college days of bars that smell of stale beer and being affronted by the wailing sounds of second-rate, aspiring musicians while your feet stick to a mucky floor, then Mad River is the place for you. Of the two floors, the bottom, long room has a copper-top bar and some tables usually filled with men in their early twenties, munching on an array of greasy nachos and wings. There’s a decent Happy Hour called VIP Fridays, when $10 at the door gets you $1 domestics and $2 mixed drinks from 7pm-10pm. There’s also a late-night meat-market on the weekends around 4am, so if you’re a woman, consider yourself forewarned—unless, of course, you miss those years of dingy basements, foamy kegs, and guys yelling, “Chug!”Drink specials
Check website for weekly drink specials.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.