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Subway Inn

143 E. 60th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Lexington Ave.
212-752-6500

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8
"Recommended"

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80% would go back.

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Now, this is a dive bar!

By devildog on 9/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Great place located in mid-town next to Bloomingdales. Cheap beer and shots and a place that makes you long for real drinking spots of times gone by. No artisinal cocktails or faux-vintage, Target-bought decor. This place is a time warp and it's awesome!

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97 out of 200 people found this review helpful.

One of my all-time favorites!

By NYkARI on 8/27/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Dirty? Yes. Feel like you might catch something in the bathroom? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. A laid-back atmosphere, cold beers, cheap cocktails and a Buck Hunt - what more could you ask for? The Subway Inn definitely tops my lists as one of my favorite bars in New York. Added bonus: the subway entrance is just outside, making the stumble home after those cheap beers that much easier.

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96 out of 181 people found this review helpful.

Great place for a beer while better half shops in Bloomingdales

By scotthayes on 11/14/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

What a great bar. Went there while my wife did a shopping trip to Bloomingdales. Everything you'd want from a true New York bar. Great friendly service, Chris the barman was fantastic, with a nod and a tap of the beer bottle he was there with a fresh cold one in seconds. Lots of people passed by after only looking through the window, it was there loss. May look rough but didn't feel it. A great place to go whilst your partner is doing "The Bloomingdales experience" To sum up. It's New York in a bar. Don't just look through the window, go in pull up a stool at the bar and relax.

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96 out of 197 people found this review helpful.

film noir hell!

By loveofcarnage on 7/24/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Me and my girlfriend walked through the doors and wished we'd bought those night-vision specs at the army surplus! WHAT A BAR! it was like being in a David Lynch film! i wanted Frank Booth to come over, rip my face off and piss into my occular cavities! i really miss it! i will return (without girlfriend) in 2006 - get ready Frank!

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258 out of 567 people found this review helpful.

mos eisley cantina aka subway inn

By LilHatty on 3/7/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

You will never find a more retched hive of scum and villany. most of the best pilots can be found here only watch your step-this place can be a little rough. Tellm Large Marge sent you! KH

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276 out of 564 people found this review helpful.

Thanks, but NO THANKS

By preppygirl212 on 2/23/2004

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

If you think that you have entered the final stages of Hell once you have walked through the grime-covered door and past the windows shrouded in filth, you wouldn't be far off. There is a stank in the air that could either be decades of cigarette smoke or a litter of wet dogs has taken to living behind the bar...either way, the smell coats your lungs with each breath that you take. If you like hobnobbing with homeless drunks and hookers, this is the place for you--I wouldn't touch anything if I were you though...your wildest dreams wouldn't even want to imagine what vile remnants cling to everything around you. If you have any sort of standards in you bar selections and appreciation for air quality, I would keep on walking when you see the sign for the Subway Inn. (or Le Chateau Subway, as the locals like to call it.)

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211 out of 519 people found this review helpful.

the best bud bottle and jukebox in world

By hatty on 2/20/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Behind the billows of steam lit in neon red glory spell the name of the bar Subway Inn. This is the best jukebox in the city. After work you can find an array of all walks of life, finance men/women old muscians, cunning pannhandlers, vietnam vets spinning yarns and bartenders older than death. This is true dive bar. It broke the mold and once you go once you find yourself coming back for the nostalgia and beauty of truly dirty place to get drunk. This place can not be faked, recreated, copied or beaten. It is the heavy weight champ of dive bars with pictures of Marilyn Monroe on every wall and a mensroom with no door and one boarded up stall.

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272 out of 541 people found this review helpful.

One of the best bar in the world

By ogami on 6/10/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

One of the best bar in the world

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222 out of 487 people found this review helpful.

A dive bar because

By my2cents on 3/20/2003

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

all you want is to dive into a bath as soon as you leave. Went on a lark with a friend, and I don't understand how/why the health department allows this place to remain open. It doesn't serve food, so I guess they figure all the alcohol sterilizes the bar. It is literally falling down; check the glass bricks outside on the sidewalk. The bartender advised I NOT use the bathroom since it was mid-week and they only clean it on Sundays. Maybe he was joking but in the interest of my good health I took his advice. This place is scary. Cannot believe this is a Critic's Pick. I'd rather lick a bus than go back in this dump.

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230 out of 503 people found this review helpful.

This is the LAST STOP! LAST STOP on this train!

By shamrock on 1/31/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I friggin' love this place. You don't know codgers till you know Subway Inn codgers. Dark as hell, ancient, run-down, and gloriously out of touch, having a drink here is like going to Jupiter if it were populated by toothless janitors. Best during baseball season, but a gem any time of year.

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