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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010—Bar 331

Day 331—Monday, December 6th, 2010
Ace Bar

Tonight I hand the wheel of the bar crawl over to my co-pilot in this journey, 365 commentator, Al Rizo. Al has been helping me find unique bars all along the way and I appreciate his help. Even though there’s thousands of bars in Manhattan, a good percentage of those are all the same and if I did the same type of bar every night it would get boring not only for me, but for the fine people who log on here everyday and read the blog. Last week Al found a bar in the East Village  called Ace Bar that has vintage lunchboxes, a game room and best of all, inexpensive beer! So far Al has yet to pick a dud, let’s go check out this place.

And here we are at Ace bar, let's check it out, it's freezing out here.

Al always finds nice, dark bars and this is no exception.

At first bartender Jackie was a little shy about having her photo taken, but then Max said he'd join her and she agreed to the photo. Thanks for being good sports!

Wyatt was seated next to me at the bar and was showing a picture of his dog, Summer, who's back at his parents house in Texas. You can't see Summer here, so I zoomed in...

And got this shot. A cute doggie!

A shot of the tin ceiling overhead, always the mark of a good bar.

Some of the drafts available at the bar.

There's a vintage cash register behind the bar, always love that.

Some of the specials and beers available at the bar.

The bar in all its darkened glory.

Jackie said she wasn't sure who this painting was, bu that it's been hanging at the bar forever.

There's red leather banquettes to sit at opposite the bar.

There's Ace photos hanging over the banquettes on the brick walls. Here's the Ace Wheel & Rim.

And here's the Ace Motel. You can check out, but you can never leave.

Up front are tables and this amazing display of vintage lunch boxes.

Here's a Hee Haw lunchbox.

And another classic '70's show, Adam 12.

Sunday, Monday...Happy Days. God, I always hated that theme song and now it's stuck in my head for the day. Shit.

Peanuts, candy and Skittles!

The bar hosts dart leagues on Tuesday nights.

Two pool tables are nestled into the spacious back room.

And there's also not one, but two Skee-Ball machines.

Maddy, Arya and David were chilling out in the back room. David is visiting from Scotland and said he was enjoying New York and noted that, "New Yorkers like their beer." How true! Arya has a cool blog and you should check it out here: Just Press Play.

Meanwhile, back at the bar...


Maddy, Arya, David ended up at the front bar with me and we had a nice conversation about New York, bars and the sad demise of Coney Island. Here's our parting shots. Cheers and goodnight, everybody!

Ace Bar is dark and gamey in a good way. The front room has a pinball machine, a wooden bar and red leather banquettes and tables. There’s also tables up in the front and a glassed-in display of vintage lunchboxes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The back room has two state of the art dart boards, two pool tables and two Skee-Ball machines. All the games in the bar are imported from Coney Island, so you know it’s the real deal in here.

There’s a full bar here with a good selection of beers including: Stella Artois, Blue Moon, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Duvel. They have a happy hour that runs from 4pm to 7pm with draft beers and well drinks going for between three to six bucks a pop. There’s also nightly drink specials and on Sundays they pour their legendary Bloody Marys and pool is free till 6pm.

On the weekends the crowd gets younger and the place fills up with college kids and rowdies, so if you’re not into that scene, try it on a low-key weeknight, like I did.

Ace Bar
531 E. 5th St. (Near Ave. A)


Thanks, as always to my co-pilot Al for the suggestion! (Al artwork by "Boris")


Bonus Video

365 commentator raginrr sent me a story about a traffic sign that flips the bird and I found this video of it on YouTube. That’s my kind of traffic signal! Here it is, thanks for the hat tip, raginrr!

Bonus Video Part II

And now, for Terry and all of you, the Batman video extra. I found not only a Catwoman clip, but a whole freaking documentary on her. Enjoy!

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Reader Comments (33)

@Terry and 365: Shark Replant Bat-Spray! Now that's cutting edge technology!

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClacky

@Clacky: That's a great scene, but the Catwoman trumps technology!

December 7, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Next up... GARY Bar.
Great find Al.
Glad you were able to get this stop in the waning days/night Marty.

I can do up a lunchbox in Photoshop.
They don't stock them in the 365 Store.
Someone wants to pop for a one off Custom Job, I'll gladly design it.

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

@"Boris:" Can't wait to see that lunchbox! And I have to admit the "Gary" line went over my head, and I just now got it. Ha ha ha! Good one, Daddio!

December 7, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

TO : 331
3+3+1=7 , Shit 7 Years go's bye
OK to steal candy from the gum ball machines you need the coin that the gum ball machine requares , & some chewing gum , like dentine is good since it's small , & chew it allot until it's gooie & no flavor .
Now take about half of the gooie gum & stick on 1 side of coin , & in center , not going over edge , if it to thick it wont work , then put coin in machine gum side away from you , & toward the gum ball machine , make sure gum dosen't come off when inserting it , if it does , use less gum , but need tight fit . gum hitting the gumball machine . OK , now turn slowly the knob of gumball machine with coin , until u crash into something , this is the tricky part , turn slowly about a1/4 of an inch , & wait a few min's , then start turning slowly & if u did it correctly what u did was jam gum into the mechanizim of gumball machine that would not let it turn with out a coin , & you can keep turning until it's empty .
Hay my computer didin't crash

@JHwang: I went to the website link you posted about your show and this sentence cracked me up

"The Living Portrait is a gallery-formatted performance based on the Internet Portrait Project at ZOOZOOM.COM."

Ha ha ha! A glimpse into your future back then!

December 8, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Wasn't "Gooie Gum" Mr. Magoo's Pal?
No, that was Charlie, Nevermind.

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

@365: "Catwoman trumps Technology".
Duly noted.

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClacky

The weather is the cause of the malfunction...LOL!! Good one Mother Nature... love it and with the snow it seems so very fitting! Fuck Snow!!!!!!!!!!

Love the bar too Marty!

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

Ace is aces!

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

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