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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010—Bar 198

Day 198—Monday, July 26th, 2010
119 Bar

Okay, it’s Monday night and I’m going out a little earlier because I have to go to work earlier tomorrow, which means I have to get up really early to get this thing posted. And no, I don’t want any ice with my whine, thank you very much. I’m going to stick close to home and go to the 119 Bar which is located about five minutes from where I live, so I can walk there from work and then be home in minutes flat after my drinking picture taking are done. And yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I should’ve done this on the 119th night, but better late than never. Or early in this case...aw, fuck it, let’s just go.
Here we are, I love the neon in the window.

And the first thing I see when I walk in is a tin ceiling. I've learned in my travels that a tin ceiling always equates to a great bar and this certainly rings true as my evening plays out in here.

And since it's Monday night, there's plenty of seats at the bar. And this picture is misleading due to my flash. This is one of the darkest  rooms I've been in on the bar crawl so far. Commentator Al would be in heaven in this joint.

Bobby's a friendly bartender and picked the tunes for the evening which were blaring out of the speakers in the bar. The music and attitude are 100 percent rock and roll in here.

The front room houses the pool table lit up with the green lights overhead.

A poster for Elvis Costello and the Rude 5 is one of the few wall decorations hanging up.

The couches and chairs in this room are comfortable and well-worn.

This couch could use a fresh coat of duct tape to help keep it together.

Bobby works the bar in the middle room as more people start showing up.

You gottal love the vintage Frank mug shot on the wall.

The booths in the back of the middle room are large and comfortable.

And Ella and William were making good use of one of them.

Here's one of the partners in the bar Tommy Hill with the bouncer/door man Harold. Tommy told me that there was a little sadness in the air in the bar this week as one of the other partners Dennis had died of cancer a few days earlier. Cheers to Dennis, R.I.P.

Here's Tommy with some of his friends, from left: Tommy, Chris, Patrick and Jimmy who's also a partner in the bar. Cheers, guys!

Here's a sunken pleasure pit in the third room.

One more for the road and then...

It's home, sweet home. Told you I lived close by. Goodnight, everybody!

There are four things to do at 119 Bar: Drink, play pool, listen to the rock and roll blaring out of the speakers and drink some more. And these are four very good things to do. The 119 is a rock and roll bar and it’s very dark inside. The bar is split into three sections. When you walk in, you enter the front room, which has a well-used pool table, comfortable, yet falling apart couches that appear to have been bought at a 1973 thrift store, chairs and tables and paneled walls. A lone Elvis Costello poster hangs on the wall and a vintage green chandelier lights the pool table. As you move to the left and enter the middle room you realize that you’re eyes are never going to adjust to the darkness in here and surrender to the darkness. The bar is in here along with comfortable wooden booths on the opposite side of the room. Rock and roll tunes blare in here and the artists are the choices of the bartender. The night I was there I heard the Clash, Iggy Pop, Talking Heads, Rolling Stones and Modern English. The third room in the bar has a sunken area with couches, chairs and a table and the graffiti-laced bathrooms are also in this room. The patrons are local and since it’s right below Irving Plaza, don’t be surprised if the band playing that night is down in the bar after the gig. The Strokes, Kings of Leon and most recently, Ratt have all stopped by for post-show drinks. And Drew Barrymore has visited many times to play pool.

There’s a full bar with a good selection of bottled beer and some of the draft selecctions include: Sam Adams, Blue Moon, Brooklyn Lager and Yuengling. There’s no happy hour, no food, just booze, pool, rock and roll and darkness. And I like it.

119 Bar
119 E. 15th St.  (@Irving Pl.)

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Nice Dark Bar !!I guess I like Darkness from working in Darkrooms all my life , but ZioumZioum dosen't like Darkrooms , but recently showed her some Darkroom Magic & now understands about how & why I work in Darkrooms .

hoping bar 200 is the skinny tonight!

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternick beal

Love the neon in the window. Dark bar, pool table, blaring rock 'n' roll and booze, what else do you need?

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

I agree with Barfly, you dont need much more. Is this the perfect bar? It could be for a guy like me, who loves rock music, drinks, really dark bars (and I mean dark, like a mineshaft) and lots of wood. Does this place rate a top ten "Dark Bar" on your crawl so far?

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Al: It's in the top ten of all bars for sure, I had a great time in there, great music, nice people, booze and darkness!

July 27, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

"She was like her furniture, used and worn by so many"

I love this bar Marty.. I hope you go back and hang out at this one when this is all done.

RIP Dennis

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

That is a pretty darn cool place!! Nice music selection too.

May Dennis rest in Peace.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

Too Dennis! 119 is your basic bar. I've got a mental picture of Jack Web standing by the pool table wearing his suit and fedora hat saying; "just a bar ma'am, just your basic bar." I'm also thinking of those generic beer cans that were all the rage back in the early eighties with the word "beer" written on them on a white background. A basic bar where you can go and have your basic beer and your basic game of pool. Too cool.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

There are two things I know. One, tin ceilings = great bars. And two, never trust a place without a landline. 119 not only has both these things covered, they also have couches so you can put your feet up, thereby ensuring proper circulation...which is totally important when you're drinking. Especially in the summertime, when elevated temperatures and increased humidity can lead to swelling and, god forbid, cankles. Thanks, 119, for doing your part for shapely legs. Can't wait to stop by, kick up my heels and treat my earballs to the tunes of the day.


July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

love the elvis costello and frank sinatra posters. this looks like a bar where you come to get plastered and there's nothing wrong with that!

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

Is Jimmy, the part owner, James McCaffrey from the show Rescue Me?

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterK

@K: I'm not sure, could be, I'll check into it and post something in a bit.

July 27, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

To Dennis!

LOVE the ceiling. And I also love your front door! Congrats @JHwang, not sure if that is new news. And @K that does look a lot like J.M.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

When bars are too dark I get nervous!

"This couch could use a fresh coat of duct tape to help keep it together."

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

one for dennis...KOC


July 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

I think I'd like to take Chris home and keep him....this place looks awesome a little male eye candy is always good!

no longer scarred of dark, I saw a dark snake in the jason's darkroom ! LOL :D
Cool that bar! Again an old school, always good places and it will never change !

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZioum Zioum The Hwang

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