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Reservoir Bar

70 University Pl., New York, NY 10003 40.733122 -73.993522
nr. 11th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-475-0770 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: After Work, Bar Food, Billiards, College Bar, Dive Bar, Neighborhood Bar, Sports Bar
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Mon-Sat, 11:30am-4am; Sun, noon-4am

Happy Hour

Daily, 4pm-7pm; $4 well drinks

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


In the 1990s, the sweet sounds of live jazz floated outside this former nightclub, but now you're more likely to hear pre-recorded pop from the jukebox as locals play pool where the grand piano once stood. The Reservoir (You “dive” into it… Get it?) is a slightly grungy spot complete with wood paneling, vintage beer ads, Tiffany lamps, and a mounted boar's head. Under dim lights, college students crash on overstuffed couches and cluster around circular tables while eating cheap wings and big baskets of waffle fries. A giant aquarium behind the bar entertains loners and the few crusty old-timers. No sequins. No glitter. Just a young crowd wearing jeans and backward baseball caps and picturing ex-lovers as they hold the gun for the Big Buck Hunter II game.