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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010—Bar 121

Day 121—Monday, May 10th, 2010
Cherry Tavern

Alright first off, the donation board is lit up tonight with good sweet cash! Joel Rosenfeld dropped by where I worked and gave me twenty bucks in good sweet cash for beers tonight. Here’s Joel with the dough!
Joel owns his own company, JMR Trading Co. and he sells digital, graphics and signage supplies and equipment to companies, big and small. If you’re in need of a service like this and would like a quote or help in finding a machine or quality paper products, you can email Joel here: jmrosenfeld@verizon.net. Thanks again Joel!

365 Beers got some more press, this time on a blog. Actually the press is for two magazines I published about a year ago called Natalie Word. The website, Magazine Design, bought two copies and featured them in this post and mentioned the 365 site. Check it out here: Magazine Design.

Okay, now on to the crawl to spend Joel’s dough!
I felt like going to a good old fashioned dive bar tonight so I searched around on the internet and found one in the East Village called Cherry Tavern. All the reviews I read said it’s a friendly, unpretentious joint with cheap booze. Shit, I might have enough dough left over from Joel’s generous donation to take a cab home. Okay, it’s off to the Cherry Tavern we go!

Here we are, the Cherry Tavern in the East Village.

Okay, this place looks like a nice, friendly little place, let's dive in!

David the bartender serves up an ice cold can of Tecate beer.


Tacked on the vintage Texas Chainsaw Poster is a notice saying that Monday is iPod night, I don't have an IPod, so I'm going to concentrate on the cheap beer to be had.

Wilkins and Sam were enjoying drinks at the end of the bar. Wilkins told me he's been a regular here since he was 16-years-old.

David told me that the bar was famous for this Old Glory Special: Sunday through Tuesday you can get a can of Pabst and a shot for four bucks all night long.

Here's Mike and Danielle. Mike lives in the neighborhood and Danielle used to live in New York, but has moved to California and said she misses the Cherry Tavern. In fact this was her first night back on a visit and the Cherry Tavern was her first stop back in the Big Apple.

A Cherry Tavern mosaic on the wall.

Jamie and Erika were shooting pool in the back and having a good time.

Portraits of pool playing dogs on teh wood paneled walls of Cherry Tavern.

And more pool playing dogs on the wall. I love it!

Stephen and Anwar enjoying drinks at a table opposite the bar.

Some of the bottled beer available at Cherry Tavern and...

The three drafts on tap.

The jukebox has a nice selection with artists ranging from: Cheap Trick to Red Hot Chili Peppers to T. Rex to the Sex Pistols to Amy Winehouse. In fact, the next time you're in town Amy, stop by, the Old Glory Special has your name on it!

Bucket of empties!

On the way out I met Bob and Shelly. Bob's a regular at the bar and has lived in the neighborhood for 58 years.

And I had enough dough left over for a cab ride home! Thanks again, Joel and goodnight everybody!


The Cherry Tavern is a nice place if you want to avoid frills and gimmicks and just have a beer or twelve and shoot the shit with the friendly bartenders and patrons that inhabit the place. The bar is small and cozy with a wooden bar on one side and tables and a jukebox on the opposite side. In the back is a pool table and garage sale paintings of dogs playing pool line the wooden, 70’s style rec-room walls. The music is loud enough to enjoy, but it doesn’t drown out the conversation, which happens between regulars and first-timers, it’s a friendly joint where you’re bound to get to know a few people, if not a few phone numbers.

There’s a full bar and drinks and beers are cheap enough that you can get bombed in here even if you’re a week away from payday. The Happy Hour runs daily and it features two buck cans of Pabst and five dollar frozen drinks. The signature drink here is a Tijuana Special—Tecate beer and a shot of tequila for five bucks. And they’re known for the Old Glory Special: Sunday through Tuesday you can get a can of Pabst and a shot for just four bucks.

There’s no food in here, there’s also no gimmicks, attitude or pretentiousness. Just a good old place to sit and get shitfaced. I love it!

Cherry Tavern
441 E. 6th St. (Near Ave. A.)

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Reader Comments (11)

so cool! I like place with wood all over. I always feel in a western movie when I'm in a place like that!!
I don't have any Ipod, and to be true I really don't know the using of this thing, I'm kind of lost with technology but it sound you can play music with and I thought it was a phone, but can we make french fries with an Ipod????
SO I don't have any Ipod but I got the Chainsaaaw yeaaah!!! and I can make french fries with a chainsaw, and music too, and I'm sure I can phone with too! Ipod suuucks!!!!!! hahaha
The painting are very cool!!!! I want beer!

TO Amy wineout!!

To Amy Wineout!

May 11, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Any bar that has pool playing dogs on the wall is a-okay in my book!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

ahahah I threw my Ipod in the car and forgot about it.. I use a Zune.. cause I am soooo anti mac LOL....
Nice bar,love all the wood!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Reminds me of a great little place I used to inhabit on Archer Ave. in Chicago.
Long gone, but The Cherry Tavern lives on!
I think I could easily take up residence here.

Gidget, wasn't your Auntie Mac married to your Uncle Peecy?

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Those card and pool playing dog paintings have been the source of so much marital discord over the years; "Either that thing goes or I do Goddammit!", but that's alright...I'm not married and I like them anyways!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

That bar reminds me of a back-woods lodge! Great little place and nice drink special. Looking forward to going there some day soon to sit and get shitfaced.

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

It does remind me of places up in northern wisconsin! I agree with Biff.......A great place to get shitfaced !

it looks like a cool party in someone's basement in there!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

The Old Glory special in the East Village? These jokes write themselves.

I like no gimmicks and no pretension. But I think I'll keep my saucy attitude. It's been awhile since I've been here.

Getting ideas for my next foray into NYC.

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLola Lakely

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