Fontana's Bar

Fontana's Bar

(Now Closed)
Rock Club, Music Venue, and Bar
Lower East Side, New York
63 Tips and reviews
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  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintJune 30, 2016
    Will be missed... Great bar and live music space. Great bartenders. Anyone know where they're working now?
  • Matt K.
    Matt KursmarkDecember 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great when it's dead!
  • V. S.
    V. SlimApril 27, 2015
    I went for a producer competition. Small space downstairs; but still lots of fun!
  • Joe M.
    Joe MasilottiMarch 18, 2015
    Great to stop in for a beer or two before venturing farther into Chinatown for some hot pot.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerFebruary 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Friendliest bar staff in the city. Just don't tick 'em off.
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayJanuary 14, 2015
    Comfy booths and great for groups.
  • Josh A.
    Josh AleksanyanJanuary 3, 2015
    saturday night-- get in and go towards the back for some dj throw backs
  • Remezcla
    RemezclaDecember 2, 2014
    Enjoy the Open Bar at Rico Suave vs D'Marquesina, available from 10 pm to 11 pm on December 13th. Read more
  • Jenn D.
    Jenn DayNovember 12, 2014
    Good LES spot for listening to live music.
  • Brittany A.
    Brittany ASeptember 4, 2014
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bartenders ever. Get to know them and you're set.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BailisAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Best pool table in the LES and happy hour 2-8 pm everyday.
  • Taylor G.
    Taylor GerardAugust 7, 2014
    Music, pickle back shots
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJune 5, 2014
    [event] Veggie Prom 2014 benefits Darwin Animal Doctors, which provides vet care for the animals of the Galapagos Islands. Creative prom attire's encouraged! Free vegan snacks! Friday 6/6, 8 p.m. $15. Read more
  • Cristina
    CristinaApril 6, 2014
    Bouncers are jerks! They were stalking us and being weirdos and rude for no reason. Super bad vibes. We lasted 10 min there. We left.
  • Ums
    UmsMarch 31, 2014
    Not been yet but to people bitching about the door guy carding everyone know that he doesn't enjoy it. It's the State Liquor Authority throwing everyone into paranoia by sending people undercover.
  • Lenny Z.
    Lenny ZenithMarch 29, 2014
    Fog machines ok, but not personal vaporizers. :(
  • Walquiria B.
    Walquiria BiazettoMarch 8, 2014
  • Rolando G.
    Rolando GarciaNovember 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LaShaeSeptember 15, 2013
    I always dig the door guys. for real. they are always funny and the music here rules ! jus saying
  • Michæl S.
    Michæl StarkeyAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go on the last Thursday of the month for vegan drinks!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KaplanJune 28, 2013
    There is a strict "No Dumplings" rule at the door. So eat that shit outside,
  • Richard B.
    Richard BacchusMay 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is totally haunted
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonApril 21, 2013
    DJ is insufferable. Bartenders are assholes- who also reused my dirty glass for another person's drink.
  • Echo G.
    Echo GuzmanMarch 10, 2013
    Go to the main bar for some of the best beer on draft..
  • Charlie
    CharlieDecember 10, 2012
    Good selection of music in the juke box.
  • Alana W.
    Alana WashingtonDecember 8, 2012
    Not to undermine their badassery, but the bouncers are kind of adorbs.
  • Pierre V.
    Pierre ValadeNovember 18, 2012
    The ratio girl over boys is amazing.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BailisSeptember 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Great Happy Hour everyday 2-8 pm with $3, $4, and $5 drink specials. Red Hook Pilsner and shot of whiskey for $6. Ask for free popcorn :)
  • Karlsson B.
    Karlsson BanksAugust 5, 2012
    Head to the bar in the back. A great place for celebrating birthdays.
  • David M.
    David MyersMarch 17, 2012
    They don't let you bring dumpings in here. For shame!
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SneathMarch 5, 2012
    Find the dance floor in the basement.
  • Andrew Z.
    Andrew ZJanuary 14, 2012
    Doorman wished me a happy birthday. Always appreciate attention to detail.
  • Jasper C.
    Jasper CoolidgeDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    This is the "special" mentioned: - read the fine print
  • Nikki R.
    Nikki RomanDecember 6, 2011
    So, they have a "Check-In Special" advertised & when shown that I "Checked-In" they completely shot me down! My first time here & my excitement went from 10 to 0 in .5 seconds, Thumbs Down Fontana!
  • NYC P.
    NYC PunkNovember 14, 2011
    Not a band spot for rock music. Weekends tend to be a bit crazy with the hipster and college crowd hanging around. Best to go during the week. The place has a great sound system and backline for bands
  • Becky G.
    Becky GomezNovember 13, 2011
    Grab boobs in back.
  • Abby T.
    Abby T.October 24, 2011
    A Session and a shot of whiskey for $6 during Happy Hour. Not bad!
  • Paul B.
    Paul ButtaOctober 21, 2011
    NJ-brewed River Horse makes a nice work to happy hour transition.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CavoulacosOctober 8, 2011
    Get tickets for The Ryan Case, an interactive murder mystery from 1873, by LiveINtheater
  • Christophe J.
    Christophe JammetSeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Punk Rock Heavy Metal Karaoke FTW
  • Genaro B.
    Genaro BardySeptember 4, 2011
    Definitely bring your ID...
  • Phillip L.
    Phillip LamplughAugust 11, 2011
    Pub quiz every Wednesday includes free pizza.
  • Michael Patrick M.
    Michael Patrick McNamaraJune 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for the Lagunitas bottle. So good.
  • Will G.
    Will GriffithMay 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    They may have changed door-guys, because the guy I always see is incredibly friendly and looks nothing like Kid Rock, but you should still bring your ID, I mean, it is his job to ask...
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LMay 5, 2011
    Men and Whales. Best band here
  • Humberto M.
    Humberto MartinezApril 18, 2011
    Say hi to regulars and sometimes DJ's James and Jeremy. They're the shit. Also, Vanessa's Dumplings across the street is amazeballs.
  • coleen c.
    coleen c.April 18, 2011
    this bar is full of surprises. it has a bistro vibe by the entrance, and about 50 feet away is a decent sized game area. this floor plays a great selection of rock music. around the corner is the sta
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CochranMarch 13, 2011
    This place is horrible for the over-25 crowd. It's like everyone came here straight from the mall.
  • Mauricio G.
    Mauricio GFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Nacoteque downstairs in the basement great Mexican parties from time to time.
  • JeiHoodie
    JeiHoodieFebruary 1, 2011
    Bartender is a cool dude, makin cool drinks, everything is cool. Especially the pack man/galaga game in the back. Lvl 8 is tough.
  • Genevieve S.
    Genevieve SantosDecember 19, 2010
    DJ James Vincent & Jeremy Meeks are the ish on the turntables!
  • Shani R.
    Shani RajeshDecember 12, 2010
    Love this place, always a good time, BIG SPACE.
  • Robert R.
    Robert RoweJune 10, 2010
    ...enjoy a fun crowd with Karaoke til late in the morning! Check their site for events and live music... Read more
  • David I.
    David IwanowJune 10, 2010
    Bring your id
  • Calamity C.
    Calamity ChangJune 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Harlows Hideaway is here evry first Monday of the month. It's the best variety burlesque show for people in the know. Only $5 if you say you are a friend!
  • Ryan
    RyanMay 15, 2010
    This free beer sure
  • Bradford G.
    Bradford GilmoreMarch 25, 2010
    Go accross the street to Vanessa's and go get 4 dumplings for a dollar.... Go! Now!!!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HornMarch 1, 2010
    Regardless of the location, it's really not a bad bar at all. I've been here on off nights and busy nights. I've enjoyed both. When a bar is crowded and I still have fun, it's a good bar.
  • ✨Pun B.
    ✨Pun Bandhu ✨February 23, 2010
    Great backroom ideal for private parties/movie screenings on weeknights
  • Adam I.
    Adam IngrassiaFebruary 7, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Go see punk rock heavy metal karaoke! So much fun. Read more
  • Dixie D.
    Dixie D'AmourSeptember 17, 2009
    I second the "make sure you have your I.D. thing at the door". The doorman looks like Kid Rock and is a total toolbag. So unfriendly.
  • Nate W.
    Nate WestheimerMarch 22, 2009
    rolling rock cans are only $3!
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