WCOU Radio

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74 Totally Fine

B.Y.O.A. (Bring Your Own Atmosphere) to this unpretentious East Village hangout.

115 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003


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The lowdown

Technically this low-key East Village refuge is called WCOU Radio, but no one calls it that (no one in the know, anyway). Although a tiny mosaic sign over the front door gently hints at the bar’s given name, the black-and-white bathroom-style floor and the scattered tiles out front earned it the nickname “Tile Bar.” The rechristening is appropriate — in both content and attitude — because WCOU is what you make of it. While there’s an excellent blues-and-rock-heavy jukebox, a handsome old bar, a few scattered chairs and tables, and a couple of prime people-watching windows, what’s lacking is a real atmosphere. Instead, this watering hole relies on its patrons to provide the personality, which makes it a pleasant stop at the beginning or the end of an evening, particularly for locals returning from the real party.

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized