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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010—Bar 317

Day 317—Monday, November 23rd, 2010
The Four-Faced Liar

I don’t even know how I found tonight’s bar, but I had it bookmarked and didn’t feel like searching around, so that’s tonight’s destination. It’s an Irish bar in the West Village called, The Four-Faced Liar. I wonder if Jon Lovitz owns this joint? Let’s go find out.

It's an easy subway ride there, here's Penn Station, looks like there was a hockey game tonight.

Whenever I see a train coming now, I think of Fat Al. Lean back, motherfuckers!

And here we are outside in the West Village.

(Inside joke alert between Marty and Biff.) The Karavas Tavern! Spanks for the memories! (I think Biff's on the road, so don't expect a response to this. But it's cracking me up.)

And here we are at the Four-Faced Liar. Those shoes hanging over the sign make me think of the movie, "Wag The Dog."

Holy shitballs, it's crowded in here for a Monday!

And Dan, the friendly bartender is quick with a three buck can of Pabst.

A shot of the well-stocked, lit up bar.

A glance upwards reveals the mark of a classic bar, a tin ceiling.

There's lots of leather couches and wooden nooks to sit at in the bar.

Which is exactly where I found Stephanie and Pete having a drink.


Lams and vintage black and white photos line the wall of the pub.

John was seated up in the front window area and told me that they shot a movie in here. The name of the movie is, The Four Faced-Liar (what else?) and here's the trailer: The Four-Faced Liar movie.

The bar has a back room, let's go check it out.

There's a couple back here, let's go say hi.

Brianne and Chris were having a drink back here and told me it was their first time in the bar.

There's a state of the art foosball table back here.

Things are still hopping back at the bar.

Melissa was seated at the end of the bar and we had a nice chat about the bar crawl and a somewhat mutual hatred of midtown. What a great smile!

Luke was overly-relaxed at the bar and reminded me it's time to say...

Goodnight, everybody!

Despite the name being The Four-Faced Liar, the only deception going on here is the size of the pints—they’re twenty ounces, a fib I can live and drink with. The name of the Irish pub refers to a four-faced clock from a church steeple in Cork, Ireland, birthplace of owner/manager Conor O'Sullivan. The clocks were notorious for not keeping the correct time, hence the nickname from the locals of the “four-faced liar.” At the bar’s website it states that their goal is to give the feel of an Irish “local” and in my opinion, they’ve pulled it off. There’s a cozy wooden horseshoe bar up front and lots of leather and wooden nooks and crannies to sit and nurse a Guinness at in the front room. The back room has more tables and a dart board and a foosball table.

The beer selections rotate here, but some of your choices on draft right now are: Blue Moon, Brooklyn Lager, Yuengling and of course Guinness. The bottled beer selection includes: Magners, Red Stripe, Rolling Rock and Heineken. But if you have a Frank Booth mindset, you might want to go with a can of Pabst which will cost you just three bucks. They also have a good selection of single malt and blended whiskies behind the bar. Happy hour runs daily, from 2pm to 8pm with a dollar off all drinks.

The bar hosts poetry readings on Sunday afternoons and there’s a variety of board games to play at the bar or tables as well as chess and backgammon sets.

The Four-Faced Liar
165 W. 4th St. (Near Sixth Ave.)

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Reader Comments (26)

Sweet smile on Melissa (owners of Brooklyneer take note). Always reminds me of the Allman Brothers song. Luke is getting some great sleep there,,,do not disturb. Hey even Dan has a big smile, Four faced smiling place.

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Al: Miles of smiles, had a great night there!

November 23, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Spanks for the memories...do I even want to know what that's all about!?!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@Jaws: It was a little incident that happened when Biff and I were in that tavern a couple years ago. A crazy story.

November 23, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Love the name of this place and the story behind it. And it's always a plus when Frank Booth appears in the crawl. "Heineken? Fuck that shit, PABST BLUE RIBBON!" LMAO!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Nice bar and a great smile on Melissa. However, I´m still wondering why the hell someone hang shoes on an electric line. I´m from Brazil and here also people use to do that.

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPops

@Pops: I have no idea what those shoes are hanging there for! Thanks for stopping in all the way from Brazil!

November 23, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

This is a decent place, the BBC has downed a few pints here :) ... there's a few good spots within 2 or 3 blocks from here ... one of NYC's best neighborhoods ....

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

looks like a nice neighborhood bar to hang out in. and melissa does have a killer smile!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

Wow! This place looks great! I wonder how many people have been hit by a wayward foosball? Maybe that's what happened to Luke? In any event, I'm for sure going to visit The Four-Faced Liar next time I'm in town. As for the Karavas Tavern, HA HA HA! That's a real knee-slapper (or something). Beep me up, Scotty, I gotsta pee!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Was Luke really asleep or was he just doing a Gumby? Can't take Luke anywhere!
Seems like another relaxed bar for the crawl. What time did you get to the bar? Everyone looks either asleep or looking forward to sleep.

@365 and Pops: Ok, now this is based on research that a friend of mine did on the subject of Shoes hanging on power lines for a local magazine....supposedly it means that there is a drug dealer operating in the area and a "warning sign" to new dealers not start operating in the area....but of course, I shouldn't be quoted on this.

I start work today.....can you hear the violins?

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClacky Downunder

@Biff: I'll go with the "or something." She wasn't there last night and believe me, I looked!

@Clacky: It was fairly early, around 10:30pm, but I think a lot of them started early. As far as the shoe thing, I had never heard of that. Showing off your gangsta-cred, huh, mate? Good luck at work, I have to work tomorrow and then a four day weekend!

November 23, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@Everyone: I just found out last night it was Fitzy's birthday a few nights ago, so Happy Birthday to Fitzy! I bet he's still celebrating and we won't hear from him for a while!

November 23, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Happy birthday Fitzy! Has Barry given you your birthday finger-chomp yet?

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

fritzy..you did another year w/o us?...wish you all the best....many more....
when i sat down and then i realized i was talkin' to a two faced lair and the crack whores looked just like that...a few hours later...i saw some fine lookin' women...two bartenders ....where there was one...two bars...where there was one...two doors out...where tthere was one...a four face liar....where there was two...KOC


November 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrragin

Yay I have computer access again! West Village seems kinda squiggly. Looks like a nice, relaxed place. Are there any bars the BBC haven't been too? Damn you guys get around!

I'd never heard that theory about the shoes on the wire...I'm gonna have to start paying attention to them more!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@kari: Welcome back! I'm going to go see if your Dooce post is up yet!

November 23, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@Fitzy....Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you...You look like keeper of Koalas...and you smell like one too!
I'll be having a couple of stubbies in your honour tonight mate...I hope you drink Carlsberg.

TO Fitzy!!!

@365: Think back to your teens when you were hangin' out in the back of a car in Peoria, Illinois with ya mates. I'm sure there would have been a few shoes dangling on power lines back then.
Shan stole "Fire Truck" from me and finished it!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClacky Downunder

@All: In case no one has been watching the news....All the 29 New Zealand miners have sadly died.
Not much more I can say but I feel a little numb.

To: The New Zealand Miners.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClacky Downunder

Love those bars with tin ceilings! Four-Faced Liar seemed nice enough!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

@Clacky: Horrible news, indeed. To: The New Zealand Miners.

November 24, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Rightyo...So...I'm caving out of my non posting and sheepishly admit my holiday nostalgia and peeks from over Clacky's shoulder have got me actually following. It is clear I have not gone back to work yet. Apparently since I gave notice that i'm leaving my last employer is choosing to continue to pay me but let me off the hook from work. Hip hip Hiccup Hooray! (Where are those napkins Gene?). Someone has to keep up the ABC whilst Clacky's is hard at it.

@365 beers...enjoyed your books, I just heard a cackle from Clacky reading right now. Keep it up and thanks for the super NY hospitality. I Really enjoyed the addition of the crawl to our trip. Be well BBC!

@Clacky: Are you on acid?

November 26, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

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