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Friday, February 9th, 2010—Bar 89

Day 89—Thursday, April 8th
Bar 89

First off let me thank Ademir Zanini who donated five dollars. Ademir lives in Brazil and I appreciate the generous international donation, Ademir! Cheers to you and your fellow Brazillians!

Okay, I’m in a better mood and work was much better tonight, so you’ll get no pissing and moaning from yours truly tonight. And I’m happy to report I’ve found the perfect bar for tonight’s travels! Tonight is the 89th night in a row on the 365 Bar Crawl and I’ve found a place called Bar 89 on Mercer St. in Soho. So, before I start bitching about my job again, let’s make tracks to Bar 89!

Here we are, 89 Mercer St. in Soho at the 89th bar.

It's nice in here and seats at the bar, a beautiful thing on a Thursday night!

And not one but two super-cute and friendly waitresses bring me my Red Stripe! From left, Leah and Jenny.

The bruise on my right eye kind of matches the beer. I can't wait for that thing to fade!

The gigantic bar is topped off with circular mirrors.

Throw and Dominique were seated next to me at the bar and told me they were regulars.

The celings are high and there's a second level that features a small dining area.

China, Jen, Yali and Lucia were enjoying drinks at the end of the spacious bar.

Joe, Lily, Chandra and Mark had food and drinks coming to their front table.

I had read that they have unusual bathrooms, so I decided to climb the stairs to see what that's all about. Plus, I really had to go. So, in a Led Zep mood, I'm climbing a stairway to bathroom.

Upstairs I take a birds-eye view of the bar and tables below. Hellooo down there!

Here's the unisex stalls. The glass turns opaque after you enter. I wish I could show you an "after" picture, but I'm just one man. And I really gotta go!

And of course, what better place for the oblgatory bathroom photo? Goodnight everybody!


Bar 89 is located at 89 Mercer Street, hence the name and it’s known for its specialty cocktails, the high-ceilinged tres chic atmosphere and its specialty bathrooms. The cocktails are on the menu and the bathrooms are upstairs. The unisex stalls are in a posh bathroom setting the size of a Manhattan studio apartment. They are elegant glassed stalls that turn opaque as you enter to do your business. So come for the cocktails and the elegant ambiance and eventually you’ll discover the bathrooms. It’s only human nature.

There’s a full bar and one of their signature drinks among the plentiful specialty cocktails here is the chocolate martini.
They also have a huge selection of over 25 bottled beers and 9 domestic microbrews. The menu is upscale comfort food at decent prices. They offer five different stylings of burgers and the most tempting for me is the Burger Las Brisas which is topped with melted monterey jack cheese, avocado, jalapeño peppers, lettuce, onions and some salsa sauce. There’s also buffalo wings, grilled cheese, a B.L.T. and four different kinds of pork chop sandwiches.

Okay, now I have to go find my bar 90. Cheers and beers.

Bar 89
89 Mercer St (Near Spring St.)

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I am totally intrigued by the unisex bathroom.. it's gonna friggen haunt me...can you tell if there are people in there other than the opaque.. ok so if two people squeeze into the space would you be able to tell if they are really really quiet?

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

I'm getting those pink peppermint candy coated bugs under my skin just thinking about those chocolate martini's again Marty. A decade or so ago martinis of the tanqueray variety used to get me into sooooo much trouble! Those bathroom stalls look like they could beam you right back down to the bar again as soon as you finish your business. Very futuristic!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Yeah I was thinking that as well Jaws , or maybe bring us back to one of the 89 Bars Marty visited .

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJHwang

You couldn't tell Gidget, the glass goes totally opaque, and you could make some noise, there's music piped into each stall! I may move into one, after all, they're bigger than my apartment!

April 9, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Cool stalls.
(although the garbage cans could use emptying)
Maybe next year you can do
"A Guy Walks Up To 365 Glory Holes"
(I'll get to work on a banner and logo)

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

I agree with Jason and Jaws too, those bathroom stalls look right out of Star Trek! And I can't wait to see Boris glory hole logo! LOL! Way to bounce back from last night!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

yay! you had a good night! i love the sign and agree those bathrooms are out of the future. sure your last names not mcfly? LOL! :)

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

Red Stripe beer is awesome!

Have you heard of Red Stripe Chicken? I plan on making it tonight. In fact I have a case of Red Stripe in my fridge right now.

Red Stripe Chicken


•¼ cup vegetable oil
•3 pounds chicken
•2 cups canned coconut milk/cream
•1 cup Red Stripe beer
•1 Large onion (chopped)
•1 large green bell pepper
•Salt and pepper
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1.Cut the chicken into serving pieces
2.De-deseed green bell pepper and chop up onion
3.Heat vegetable oil in Dutch pot
4.Brown the chicken in oil (both sides)
5.Remove the chicken
6.Pour off some of the oil.
7.Leave 2 table spoon of oil in the pot
8.Return the chicken to the pot
9.Add the coconut milk and red strip beer
10.Once the pot is boiling reduce to heat to a simmer
11.Cook for 30 minutes
12.Add onion, bell pepper
13.Add salt and pepper to taste
14.Let simmer for 15-20 minutes as the liquid reduces and thickens.
15.If the liquid evaporates before the chicken is done replenish more Red Stripe beer.
16.Serve while hot
17.Serving size 4-6

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

That chicken sounds great Tiki Bar Susie! Is it okay to increase the volume of the beer though? Maybe to like a case?

April 9, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Why the glass turns opaque?? It's funny to see people when they pee or poo !!! mouhahahahaahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Marty - One of these days, I'm going to have to get over my fear of Public Transportation and come to NYC and go on a Bar Crawl with you.

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

You're welcome anytime Meleah!

April 9, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

I live a couple blocks away from this bar and can attest to the awesomeness of the bathrooms! The drinks are pricey, but good.

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoho Aldo

Boris, you crack me up!!!!! cant wait to see next years logo/banner...hahaha!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

Be careful Zioum Zioum, in this country they make you register with the court for comments like that!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

The bathroom stall would freak me out for sure... I can barely go in public to begin with, but the fear of someone seeing me.... no way! Great idea though, and I'm sure after a few drinks I wouldn't care what the bathroom door looked like.

April 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSugar Mama

So THAT'S where all the phone booths went!

Looks like a great place - I especially like the backlit bottles. And also the rounded bar. If you're with more than one person, it makes it so much easier to converse.

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

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