Monday, November 24, 2008

Motor City

127 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 358-1595

Bathroom situation
- 2 unisex bathrooms. The one on the left side of the bar is larger and fairly decent. The one on the right is straight tore up.
Takes credit cards? - No
Crowded on weekends? - Fuck yes. Plus they have a go-go dancer who does the damn thing in the windowsill from time to time. She's still a human being though, assholes. This is just how she earns some extra dough to support her dreams of becoming a(n)...
Wifi? - nyet.
Seating - 10 stools at the bar, scattered tables and couches. If you visit on the weekend, you'll likely be standing...all other times you'll prolly be able to "pop a squat" (I hate that phrase).
Neighborhood - Across the street from Spitzers and in a very well-trafficked part of the LES. Lots of smokers outside tho (suckers :p).
Type of crowd - attracts the biker crowd and the wannabe biker crowd. Also the crowd that's into "obscure"-punk-rock-that-most-people-have-actually-heard-of.
Pretentious/assholes - Hit or miss.
Cost of Stella - just try asking for one without getting the ol' stink-eye.
What time people start showing up - 10ish.
Bartender efficiency - they have the bottle-openers hanging on hooks that come down from the ceiling which is wild classy, but overall the service still leaves something to be desired.
Official Website - here. Features a mildly lugubrious photo of the aforementioned window-dancer.
Food? How late - open-faced knuckle sandwiches served nightly.
TVs? What's on - no.
Guy/girl ratio - 60/40. And the girls will steal on a muthafucka if need be...
Toys - a Ms. Pacman/Galaga unit & pinball. My old roomate tells me that the ghosts in their Ms. Pacman run faster than they should though, so please take that into consideration before depositing quarter-dollars into this arcade cabinet's coin receptacle.
Age of clientele - 20s-30s, though I should qualify this by pointing out the the guys tend to skew much older than the girls.
Space for dancing - not really, but who can really dance to poorly-recorded punk/garage rock anyway?
Décor - lots of Detroit-themed ephemera. Mock-cool? I will say tho, know how to make a lilly-livered hipster feel uncomfortable.
Grimeyness - yes, please.
ID check procedure - half-assed bouncer.
Hood specificity - LES
Music medium, style & volume - Usually a Rock DJ (w/genuine vinyl) playing exactly what you'd excpect. FYI, the music is loud as all kinds of fuck in this joint. You get used to it though. No juke.
Specials or most popular drink - happy hour:
Profile - Google first page results.

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