noon-1:30am; $5 well drinks, $4 margaritas, $18.50 buckets of Bud and Bud Light
1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
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"The Riv" makes a persuasive argument for the kind of buffalo-wings-and-draft-beer lifestyle associated more with Big Ten college towns than with the West Village. Though 16 TVs show non-stop gridiron and hoop action, the real sport here is people watching: The Riviera's split-level, glassed-in layout affords an unobstructed panorama of the always-bustling street. Draft choices are pre-microbrew unimaginative, and the menu is tailored to those who think fried is a food group.Brunch
Sat.–Sun., noon–4 p.m.; $9.95 prix-fixe, includes one drink.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.