Day 149—Monday, June 7th, 2010
Blue and Gold (Originally was going to go to Cheap Shots)
Okay, last night’s feast was a great meal at the Old Homestead Steakhouse, but as with most good things, it came with a price. I’m not going to say how much it was, but the bill could’ve funded several nights here on the crawl, so tonight I’m looking for cheap-ass drinks. One dive bar I’ve been meaning to go to is a bar in the East Village called Cheap Shots, so I thought tonight would be the night, until I read this: EV Grieve—Times Are Tough. I’ll keep you posted as to whether it re-opens or not, Mayor Bloomberg and crew strike again! Oh well, another inexpensive and infamous dive bar I’ve been to in the past and is on my list is the Blue and Gold, which is also in the East Village. So check your couch for spare change and let’s go!
The Blue and Gold, the water looks 100 proof, let's dive in!
Love the Pabst neon and Pabst is what my pockets are asking for.
Love this place!
Bartender Emily was cute, friendly and fast on the draw with the Pabst. A perfect bartender!
A three buck can of Pabst, just what I needed. Cheers!
Mike was seated next to me and was enjoying a glass of wine at the bar.
The beer selections and drink specials hang over the festive bar.
Booths and tables line the walls opposite the bar.
Let's go check out this quartet of lovely ladies at the front of the bar.
They were a fun and friendly group and were very supportive of the whole 365 bar crawl idea. From left: Layal, Taylor, Laura and Ashley.
There's a pool table in the back of the bar.
I think it's genius they post specific rules for pool at the Blue and Gold. No last minute arguements over games here.
Checkers and backgammon boards are engraved into some of the tables for old-school gaming fun.
Back at the bar Emily was busy serving the crowd. She's an expert bartender, I never had to wait over a minute or two for a refill. To Emily!
Homer and Troy share a manly kiss at the bar.
There's lots of great tunes on the jukebox along with staff picks.
Claire and her friend Eric were seated at a back booth and Eric wanted to shoot a few photos of Claire and I. So here's photo number one.
Claire and I, take two.
And Eric told us to get goofy for the last shot so here we go! Goodnight everybody!
The Blue and Gold is an legendary NYC dive bar, that’s had patrons swimming to it since the ‘60’s. The booze is cheap and the staff and patrons are friendly, rowdy and fun. The bar is up front with booths off to the side and in the back. There’s a pool table compete with house rules in the back and an eclectic jukebox with tunes ranging from varied artists such as: Jim Stafford, White Stripes, Blondie, Etta James and Tom Waits. Colored lights hang from the bar, vintage photos decorate the back walls, there’s two TV’s and the tables have backgammon and checkerboards on the tabletops for old-school gaming fun.
In addition to the divey and fun atmosphere, the draw here is cheap booze. They have a great selection of draft and bottled beers available. Some of the beers on tap include: Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada, Lucky Cat and their own house Blue and Gold Lager. Bottled and can beers include: PBR, Amstel Light, Heinekin, Red Stripe and Newcastle. And they are all priced between three to four bucks. They also have a full bar with drinks and specialty shots all for five bucks and less.
One word of advice, bring cash, they don’t take plastic here. But you don’t need to bring a lot to cop a buzz. I like that.
Blue and Gold
79 E. 7th St. (near 1st Ave.)