141 Ave. A, New York, NY, 10009
at 9th St.
By NinthStreetNYCdotcom on 3/18/2009
This longtime East Village dive standard is terrible and wonderful at the same time. The room smells like bleach and beer, the jukebox pounds out country classic standards, the pool tables are well worn. If you like these things, this place is for you. If not - stay far away. Somehow, this feels more authentic than other "country" places in the city. http://www.ninthstreetnyc.com
By astoria42 on 5/8/2008
Doc's is the kind of place that might turn you off at first (heck, they're called dives for a reason) but will grow on you. It's a bit dirty and a little rough around the edges, but it's just a great bar. While the polo shirt-types (read: NYU kids from Connecticut) have been showing up more in recent years, the bar is still a great place to have a stiff drink and sing along to Waylon Jennings. Friday nights with longtime bartenders Alyssa and Joanna are not to be missed. The jukebox has some classic country and southern rock songs, but some deep tracks as well. The ladies behind the bar are the friendliest on the LES. I only manage to get there once every several months these days, but it's still one of my favorite sports in the city. Check it out and see how red your neck gets.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.