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Why Not

538 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10018 40.756958 -73.99366
nr. 40th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-279-1699 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: After Work, Billiards, College Bar

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

Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 3pm-6pm; $1 off all drinks
Sat-Sun, 4pm-6pm; $1 off all drinks

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


This venue is closed.

Back when this narrow bar was the hard-rock dive Bellevue Bar, the floor boards were slanted enough to make even the few sober people in the joint feel tipsy. New owners Tony and Michael Ferber and Joe Schaeffer—the latter a longtime underground party promoter— have laid down formica, painted the walls green, and replaced the Bettie Page photos with black-and-white prints of local landmarks. The redesign finds Port Authority commuters, day laborers, and random passersby taking the “Why Not?” awning to heart then gravitating toward the small pool table in back. The closest thing to the knick-knacks of old are the free signature pins, pens, and stickers that the chatty barmaids hand out while doling out tap beer and shots. Meanwhile Bellevue diehards can find AC/DC, Iron Maiden, and the like on the mp3 jukebox (or sing along to it during the popular Wednesday karaoke night), even if the Silvertone Bowling machine hardly screams rock and roll.