Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Post thinks Mason Dixon and the Ace Bar are dive bars

The Post has a feature today titled "Gimme dive! NYC’s seedy saloons are holding on — with a twist." Not quite sure of the point here. Perhaps the lead can explain: "World class museums. Four-star restaurants. Broadway,Divebars. All very important New York institutions. But with some classic dives — such as Max fish and Mars — in danger of extingtion, we take a look at some seedy watering holes with secret weapons that will hopefully keep them afloat."

And why, for example, is Mason Dixon down on Essex Street on the list? To the listicle!

This is the only Lower East Side saloon with a mechanical bull to get your “Urban Cowboy” on. While a fine bourbon collection and $9.95 barbecue pork dogs may have purists calling this place more a kitschy honky-tonk than traditional dive, we’re giving it the nod because patrons routinely end up on the floor without being thrown out of the bar.

Per a Post commenter: "This is probably the worst article about dive bars in the history of articles [on?] dive bars."

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East Village Eats said...

Man, that's just plain depressing! Mechanical bulls and/or Skeeball = a Dive Bar? Really!?!

Stedman said...

They're FANCY dive bars.

Uncle Waltie said...

How many decades has it been since 'The Post' got anything right?

Anonymous said...

Ace Bar *could* be considered sort-of divey but I dunno ... one time I was publicly chastised there for using the men's room to pee, because someone was using the ladies' loo for a f*cking eternity.

I exited the mens' post-pee to find some big guy in my face telling me that I was both rule-breaking (lol) and unladylike (bitch? please). In any other so-called dives, including EV gay bars, I have found that no one really cares if a lady uses the mens, as long as she is discreet and purposeful.

I guess my verdict is that ACE is too prissy to be a dive.

Anonymous said...

I went to Ace Bar for the first time a few weeks ago and paid $9 for a shot of whiskey. Not even close to being a dive bar.

Marty Wombacher said...

"in danger of extingtion"
@NY Post: Ever heard of a little thing called, "spell check?" Just kurious.

Nixta said...

Oh, Anonymous, if you use the men's to take a piss, here are the rules:

1) Don't take more than 30 seconds.
2) Expect company.
3) Do not take a friend.
4) Don't come out sniffing (wait and do that in the ladies' room).
5) Don't even think about it if the men's has a line.

When was the last time you saw a guy go into the ladies? Oh... Ah... Yeah, good point. Never mind then. Here are my revised rules:

1) Just don't hold me up when I gotta go.

Anonymous said...

oh, Nixta. I was (sadly) born into Brooklyn/NYC bar culture. Save your noob advice for NYU cokeheads. And big ups for missing the entire spirit of my first comment.

onemorefoldedsunset said...

What a crap article. Bushwick Country Club????? All I can say is, "Get thee to Timboo's!"

Eden Bee said...

I want to start a blog about the diviest wine bars around the hood. "They didn't let me sniff the cork and swish it around in my mouth to get the full flavor!" will be my first complaint. Heathens.

Linds said...

Wow.. Simply amazing. This is one of the most hilarious things I've read in a while. Thank you for the comedy, Post. Just remember, we are laughing at you and not with you.