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Winnie's

104 Bayard St., New York, NY, 10013
nr. Baxter St.
212-732-2384

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8
"Recommended"

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83% would go back.

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Chinatown's Hidden Dive Bar Gem

By ClydeErwinBarretto on 2/25/2014

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

This dive-y bar located somewhere on some street that usually becomes unfamiliar to me after a few drinks in Chinatown has grown to become a favorite of mine. The super old, unpretentious and just like everyone says "no-nonsense" bar doesn't have the cool upscale and or hipster vibe that newer bars in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, or elsewhere try to replicate and that's just fine. Drinks here are fairly strong. The cocktails such as the "Hawaiian Punch" and the "Kryptonite" have been my favorites. They're strong, sweet...and well unless you've had a good amount of food to eat right before you started drinking - who knows what happens afterwards. Either you make it through the night or you find yourself needing a break by holding yourself up at the bar, the booths, and or the floor. And the closer it gets to the weekend, the spot becomes even more lively. Sure, some of the customers may not even speak English, but when you're drunk, around nice people, have the Karaoke going on full blast - you almost don't need to be speaking the same language. And yeah, it's a pretty damn old Karaoke machine. But you'll be sure to find Adele, Daft Punk, and even PSY to select from. The staff have always been great every time I've come over. Yes, they speak great English and are always fun to have either a serious or not so serious conversation with. So if you ever find yourself in Chinatown just want a chill spot to get some drinks at - I'd definitely recommend Winnie's.

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16 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

Who Says New York is Unfriendly?

By worcesterkid on 1/2/2012

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

I've been to Winnie's twice and would go more frequently if I lived closer. No scams, no pretense, no pressure. The family that runs the place make beautiful, gracious hosts. The karaoke system is not the most up to date on the planet, but I think it adds to the charm. A welcoming and forgiving place indeed, run by real people. They have my heart.

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66 out of 124 people found this review helpful.

A NY bar with actual character

By ellet on 1/19/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love Winnie's! The atmosphere is great, the sound IS in fact good, and I personally like the song selection because it actually has a lot of older songs - standards and songs from other decades, not just the latest Keisha song that no-one over 30 wants to sing or hear. I'm sick of going to Karaoke bars where a) all they have are horrible rap or current hideous pop songs, none of which I know anyway and b) you have to wait 3 hours to sing, if you even get to sing at all. I'd rather pay a dollar to sing a song pretty much when I want to than wait for hours to sing something for free. If you are a boring, unimaginative, everyday sort of person under 25, Winnie's might not be for you, but for anyone who likes atmosphere, and to actually sing at Karaoke, and wants an older selection of music (and it's not all old, by the way) then you'll love Winnie's.

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112 out of 207 people found this review helpful.

classic chinatown

By elemcivs on 6/12/2008

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

great pace - easy going - no hold barred [ except when i tried to sing accapella ] if you're lucky, winnie and her brother walter will treat you to a cantonese classic on a late saturday night

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170 out of 337 people found this review helpful.

Great spot

By AussieWebmaster on 1/4/2007

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

This is a dive bar, that is part of the attraction. Drinks are decent priced, people are very friendly... it is always a fun time. Many places charge for the songs.... so what.... I would rather hang here than any of the upscale places with the secret handshake and elitist attitudes. Winnie's rocks... unless you are a eunuch.

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429 out of 874 people found this review helpful.

Don't waste your time!

By ironbird on 11/30/2005

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

$5 bucks a coors lite bottle to be in one of the shittiest looking dive bars I've ever seen. The Best thing I can say about this place is the waitress was moderately cute. Now Lets move on to the Karaoke. The song selection is a joke. Not much worth singing even if I would be willing to PAY $1 DOLLAR PER SONG TO SING!! Why Would anyone pay to sing Karaoke there when there are other bars a couple blocks away where they can sing for free. Don't waste your time with this place!!!

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