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119 Bar - 12 Reviews - 119 E 15th St, New York, NY - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (212) 777-6158

119 Bar

119 E 15th St (at at Irving Pl.)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-6158
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119 Bar - New York, NY
119 Bar - New York, NY
119 Bar - New York, NY
119 Bar - New York, NY
119 Bar - New York, NY


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This bar has a grunge vibe but a stranger-friendly atmosphere. I was around Irving Plaza to meet a friend for dinner the other night, and arrived way too early. With nothing to ...


so i stopped in here one day thinking it was another bar....loved the pooltable and drinks...but it smelled funny! it is what it is so if you want a nyu experience with loud musi...

Simple Rules 6/1/2010

1. Buy drinks, it is a bar. If you want to make a spectacle of yourself to put on facebook, go somewhere else, preferably your parents' basement in Iowa or wherever it is you came from. Or at least buy everyone else a drink too. 2. Tip the bartender. Tip = 20%, because that is how bartenders survive. The cheapest beer I believe is $5. Do the math kids, that is $1 per beer. Every time. When you get a buy back, tip at least double. The bartender doesn't have to talk to you to do his/her job. If s/he does do you the honor, tip more. 3. Use the list to play pool. No one knows or cares whose quarters are on the table. No one knows or cares where you are when your name comes up, so be at the table. 4. Expect competition at pool. You don't get to ""just play your friend,"" you must play the person who last won, given they are still interested. It is the winner's choice to play doubles or not. And their prerogative to beat you badly. More detailed rules are on the wall, but it really doesn't matter, you are very likely going to lose. 5. The bathroom is for urinating, or perhaps defecating if you really must. Not drugs. Not sex. Not fun time with the plumbing. Not venting your frustrations, however warranted. If you feel like vomiting, go outside and stay there. 6. Use your iPhone for customized media content. You don't have any say about what is on tv, so don't even ask. The bartender is supplying you with free music, so tip more. When everyone follows these simple rules, 119 is a fine example of a diverse and generally friendly dive bar. But do recall that you are not in Kansas (or was it Iowa?) anymore, and be glad. Pros: cheap drinks, pool table, central location Cons: ignorant clientele more

Rude thief of a bartender 4/24/2010

I guess people go here because the drinks a slightly cheaper than other places but you end up paying more. The drinks are watered down and the thieving ahole of a bartender short changes you. Won't ever go here again. Cons: Crap Staff more

STAFF SUCKS!!! 4/20/2010

Discovered this place a months weeks ago. Its usually a good crap hole to pre drink at before going to a reputable establishment. Last month I went and this time....IT SUCKED. The looser bartender called me a BITCH while a cig hung out of his mouth. All because I asked him what he was doing SMOKING!!!!. . He just insulted me by saying""FUCK YOU BITCH"" and went back to his perch sitting behind the bar doing NOTHING. People all around needed drinks and this hipster looking ass sniffer was not helping anyone!! After a few minutes of staring at him thinking this was some kinda joke....Me and my 4 friends LEFT.........I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THIS BAR AGAIN!!!! THE STAFF HERE SUCKS! I think its the same idiot someone else wrote about I think his name is Andrew. This is a recession. Everyone needs their job!!! Never thought an employee hated his job/boss so much he wanted to hurt the business and loose his own job in the process. What a jerk!! This place deserves to close. DO NOT GO TO THIS BAR!!!!!!! Pros: Not Many Cons: Bartender more

RUDE ! 1/6/2010

came here randomly, after a night on the town for my biffs bday - stopped in to do a shot and be on our merry way... upon entering the bar, which mind you, was completely DEAD - the rude bartender, glanced over at us, lit himself a cigarette (wasnt that banned 10 years ago?) and after several minutes we were given the time to order 4 shots of Jameson, which my friends and i frequent w/a cherry as a chaser; weird? be that as it may, this bartender ANDREW was rude and disrespectful calling my friends and i ""high maintenance"" and ""who do we think we are taking a chaser with whiskey"" oh im sorry ANDREW, but your a dbag and if i want to chase my whiskey with a cherry, i damn well will do so - i too, am a bartender; and i dont judge people upon what they order, im friendly and sociable. this dude needs a reality check. more

Awesome Dive Bar--A Must Drink for Those in the No 11/24/2009

This bar has a grunge vibe but a stranger-friendly atmosphere. I was around Irving Plaza to meet a friend for dinner the other night, and arrived way too early. With nothing to do, my choices were Starbucks or 119. I chose wisely. The bartender and his friend were the only people in the place, and they were hanging outside when I walked in to an empty bar with ripped stools. Starring at the mug shot of Frank Sinatra placed on the wall as an obvious non-sequitor, and seeing basketball on the TV in the pool room, I was about to head out when the Fedora-clad bartender made it inside, and made my night. He and his friend were funny, entertaining and worth the $5 Heineken. I did not want to leave, but had to. Definitely put this one on your Thrillist! Pros: Great music, Great people more

great dive! 3/25/2008

so i stopped in here one day thinking it was another bar....loved the pooltable and drinks...but it smelled funny! it is what it is so if you want a nyu experience with loud music i recommend it. the bartenders are great as well..... more

Small living room type bar, that looks like it could be someone's basement 11/12/2006

Well, the title above says it all. It's a nice-size bar that appears it can be located in someone's basement or living room den. There are several couches (well worn) that you can sit, relax, chat with a friend. There's also a pool table and if you get there early, there isn't a wait to play. The only negative thing I can say about this place is that there is no jukebox, however the bartenders tend to play mostly punk music from their own collection. They could use a few oldies and southern rock CD's to liven the place up more. It's definitely not a party-type atmosphere, mostly calm atmosphere to chill with a friend. There's also a make-out room secluded in the back, perfect place to bring a date guys. Pros: Relaxing, Lots of Room, Pool Table, No hustling, couches, reasonable prices Cons: No Jukebox, lack of music variety more

Rock Dive Bar 6/22/2006

Get your drink on at this Rock Dive bar near Union Square. The beers are cheap, the Rockl music is pumping and the people are just there to catch a cold beer. Seating is limited with well-worn seats. Bathroom could be a ton cleaner. But, for $5 import pints and $4 bottles. I kinda can't be beat. more

love it or leave it 8/17/2004

119 is an incredible bar... they play great music, drinks are cheap, they have a pool table, and a good divesity if patrons. Come as you are... very casual and relaxed. Great neighborhood bar. Pros: Inexpensive, Music more

rough in the diamond 12/6/2003

union square is seriously lacking in cool divey bars (or bars in general), so when i first discovered this dank little corner, i was in heaven. drinks aren't too expensive, the decor is based around wood paneling, and there is space to dance if the mood (or booze) strikes you. there's no jukebox but the bartenders have pretty good taste in music. besides the Old Towne Bar, it's the best bet in the neighborhood. Pros: cheap, divey, smokeasy Cons: too close, to irving plaza more

Good Dirt Bar 6/25/2002

Not a bad place to hang out after work, nice feel of a dive bar. Free pool table (if you know how to work it) is alway nice, and somebody's always up to challenge you for a game of stick. Only bad thing is that there is alway this smell, and no one can figure it out. more
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  • The Scene
    A film of dust covers the wood-paneled walls at 119 Bar, a downtown dive with an I-won't-bother-you-if-you-don't-bother-me vibe. Lamps cast a red hue on the mellow proceedings,...

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 6pm-4am
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Gramercy Park, Midtown