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Thursday, July 8th, 2010—Bar 179

Day 179—Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
Ipanema (Originally headed for Fedora)

What's that ding-a-ling? No, it's not Chuck Berry, it's the PayPal donation button which has been dormant for a while. And the donation is from the very first person who donated here months ago, Rich "Happy Cappy" Caposino! Rich generously sent in twenty bucks with the stated purpose on the PayPal receipt being, "subliminal begging received." Thanks Happy Cappy, tonight's Blimpie sandwich and beers will be on you!

Today I wandered over to the Half Empty Glass and saw a post entitled, “Fedora” by Fat Al and there was a picture of two fedoras, prominently displayed. For a minute, I thought this hellish heat wave we’re having had driven Fat Al completely barmy and he was writing about hats. But then I saw a picture of a bar and it drew me in. It seems there’s a legendary bar in the West Village called, Fedora. Fat Al was reporting on this post that he saw on Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York  that this place might be one more classic New York bar that is close to closing. I Googled around and I found out Fedora has been at the same location since 1952 and Fedora who owns it still bartends there today. Lets go see if she’s there tonight, this place sounds like a real slice of New York bar history.

Here we are, but the sign's not lit, that's not a good sign.

The door was open so I wandered in and found the legendary and lovely bar hostess, Fedora behind her bar. She was closing the joint early due to the heat and lack of customers.

But she was nice enough to take time to pose for a picture with me and invited me back. The bar crawl will continue with a full report and pictures from Fedora soon. Stay tuned.

And now time for a lonely walk to find another bar for tonight.

(And no, I never get tired of putting this video up.)

Stay! Good boy!

This place looks promising.

It's dark and the bartender is cute, I think we've found bar 179.

Marlies the pretty bartender serves up an ice cold Budweiser.

Larry's a regular who was seated next to me and said I could only take his picture if Marlies was next to him. I agreed whole-heartedly.

There's chairs in the front window for gazing out on 14th Street.

Here's a shot of the bar and Marlies perusing a flyer.

There's also a full bar in the back.

And a pool table is situated back there as well. Tesia is not only a pool player here, she's the manager. She's also a film director and writer, check out her YouTube channel here: Tesia DeCouto.

Jesus and the lovely Melissa were working the back end of the bar.

Here's Melissa with regulars, Gino and Hector.

And on my walk home I saw this sign, a good enough reason as any to bring back this well-worn topic: Fire! Goodnight, everybody!

Step down into this dark, neon lit bar and you’ll find a mostly male clientele enjoying drinks and chatting with the friendly and pretty female bartenders who draw them in. The front of the bar is a long narrow space, with a dark wooden bar and stools in the front by the window if you’d rather gaze at 14th Street instead of the women behind the bar. It’s a Spanish-themed tavern and the majority of the patrons are locals from the neighborhood or guys having a drink or three after work. The music ranges from Spanish to reggae to hip-hop and there’s a pool table in the back. There’s also a second full bar in the back reserved for private parties.

It’s a full bar and there’s a long Happy Hour that stretches from noon to 8pm featuring two cocktails for ten bucks. The bar is open from noon to 4am. And the bartenders from Ipanema are lovely, stop by and see for yourself. ¡Aclamaciones!

252 W. 14th St. (between 7th and 8th Ave.)

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Reader Comments (17)

Man, you waste no time. Fedora looks awesome. I'm definitely going to have to make it over there.



July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFat Al

@Fat Al: You better hurry, I don't think it's going to be around much longer, which is sad. Fedora is really cool!

July 8, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Wow, smoking hot bartenders in Ipamena! And I'm anxiously awaiting the follow-up on Fedora, looks like a classic bar.

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

¡Aclamaciones! to the lovely bartenders, freindly and beautiful patrons at Ipanema and to the handsome and wonderful Marty Wombacher.

What a great place to let us tag along with you.

Looking forward to vicariously visiting Fedora with you, she looks like an amazing woman and the bar looks fantastic!

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

I went to Tesia Decouto's you tube channel and saw the Jim slaps Dwight clip from "The Office' I used to be a contract draftsman before I drove a cab, and worked in a great many environments very similar to the ficticional Dunder Mifflin company. Wish I had a nickle for every time I wanted to line my co-workers up and do some assembly line slapping at those places in the Moe Howard style, and then have a bar like Impanema to go to after they fired me!

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Ipanema looks like a bodega from the front! Nice place, though. Looks friendly and laid-back, and I love their orange pitcher! Can't wait til you go back to Fedora. Hopefully they'll be able to stick around for a while. New York needs places like that!

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

And as for that puppely-wuppely up there - First it was the labradoodle and then the teacup terrier...and now, we have this Koonsdog. I mean, it's great he listens to commands and all, but geesh! What's next? A skateboarding bulldog?! What? Oh, for pete's sake.

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

How as the Blimpie Special???

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHappy Cappy

The backbar at Ipanema looks great with the glasses there kinda lit up under the shelf. But now back to Fedora,,,,this is what I call a real bar bar. You know Fedora looks like such a nice lady thats seen a lot and still musters a warm smile. Fedora's is a place that deserves a second visit only because I dont blame her for closing if theres no customers and a second shot on 365 would help business for this beautiful lady.

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Fedora look so niiiiice !!!!!
Why the woman in the first photo is keeping her mouth open?
Even if I know Jason would answer "She's waiting for some cock meat" LOL

@Happy Cappy: The video I linked up says it all. Thanks again for the donation!

@Al: I'll be back to the Fedora for an official 365 crawl soon!

July 8, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

OK, I'm a fan of this bar's name for obvious reasons, hehe. I thought it was a pretty nice bar and Larry is one smart man!

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbambooska

@Bambooska: Ha ha ha! I thought of you when I saw the name!

July 8, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

I would like Fedora to serve me some cookies

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

There's TWO nice racks in the pooltable picture. Just sayin'.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOooooooofaaaa

Ipanema is the name of the second most famous beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (the first is copacabana), and the beach is the title of the great song "Garota de Ipanema" (Girl from Ipanema) composed by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes and sung by a lot of singers, including Sinatra. Great bar, great vibe. And we are anxious to return to Fedora, which has a sweetness in her owner in person.

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuc Ramone

@Luc Ramone: I will be returning to Fedora within the week, stay tuned and thanks for the Ipanema information!

July 10, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

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