The Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge

Bar, Lounge, and Dive Bar$$$$
Garment District, New York
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  • The folks at Village Voice and The Corcoran Group like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Tom D.
    "One of the few places in NYC to get Presidente"(3 Tips)
    Mat T.
    "It has been referred to as "a strip club without the stripping.""(2 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "trashy barteders and a lot of dancing!"(2 Tips)
    Everet L.
    "Best bartender around"(3 Tips)
29 Tips and reviews
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupFebruary 17, 2012
    One of our favorite dive/tiki bars in all five boroughs. Start at 8am with the old men or come later for great jukebox tunes, trashy barteders and a lot of dancing!
  • Lindsey D.
    Lindsey DMay 10, 2014
    I spent $10 on a margarita made from the mix you buy at the store, poured directly out of the plastic bottle and then wondered into which alternate universe I had stepped. Strip club? Uncertain.
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.September 29, 2014
    Bring your white friends here and watch the hilarity ensue. This bar is awesome for its cheap drinks and mellow atmosphere. Reminds me of being back in SoCal.
  • Fred C.
    Fred CaminoAugust 24, 2013
    Literally the most authentic place in NYC, ironically near the heart of Times Square. Not a single Edison Bulb in sight. Irony, and people like me, will surely be the death of this place.
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KahnFebruary 11, 2014
    Best dive bar in shouting distance of Penn Station. Drinks are cheap. Spanish is the primary language.
  • Mat T.
    Mat ThiesJanuary 15, 2014
    It has been referred to as "a strip club without the stripping." Expect exactly that. This place could actually be a decent bar if anyone there cared or at least pretended to.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceOctober 25, 2012
    Critics' Pick winner of The Village Voice Best of NYC 2012 Best Fascinating Sports Bar!
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole GilpinJanuary 29
    This place is not safe for women, some people of color, or those in the LGBTQ community. The fact that they overcharge for watered down drinks is just the icing on the cake. Stay clear of this place.
  • Hell&
    Hell&February 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a Presidente. Enjoy the atmosphere..
  • Fatima A.
    Fatima AmrOctober 22, 2013
    The best worst bar of NYC!
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LoweJuly 11, 2011
    High Latin population but staff is very friendly.
  • Rickalous
    RickalousJanuary 19, 2012
    If you don't speak Spanish, you'll feel unwelcomed here
  • Milton G.
    Milton GeorgesOctober 20, 2011
    This is the "Distinguished" Wacmba, lest you all forget!!
  • Will C.
    Will CrockerOctober 7, 2013
    Ordering alcohol is a surprisingly difficult process
  • Christine A.
    Divey awesomeness
  • Tom D.
    Tom DuffyOctober 27, 2011
    One of the few places in NYC to get Presidente
  • Jackie Shmackie💋
    Jackie Shmackie💋January 4, 2014
    Careful gentlemen✋ Chicks charge $2 per dance.
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranMarch 16, 2014
    Can't believe -yet I can- that they ran out of Presidente!
  • Everet L.
    Everet LMay 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bartender around
  • James F.
    James FinkMarch 19, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Beautiful dive
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.January 19, 2012
    Truly distinguished.
  • jeff o.
    jeff oconnellApril 22, 2010
    the first rule of wakamba is that you don't talk about wakamba
  • brian w.
    brian waldropDecember 30, 2011
    Come here.
  • @Hagan
    @HaganJune 13, 2013
    The carpet doesn't smell nearly as beery as last time... kinda disappointed
  • blake
    blakeJanuary 3, 2011
    it's very...distinguished.
  • michael d.
    michael drexlerNovember 12, 2009
    it's an adventure... kitschy and fun, yet dark and weird. Read more
  • Amy S.
    Amy SurganDecember 9, 2012
    Worst martini I've ever had! Don't ask me why I ordered a martini.
  • Rob C.
    Rob CongerMay 7, 2010
    Super High End joint.
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HooperFebruary 7, 2010
    Don't come here
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