The Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge

Bar, Lounge, and Dive Bar
543 8th Ave (btw 37th & 38th Sts), New York, NY 10018, United States
Hours:
None listed (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 1:00 PM–2:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • Noon–1:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
    • 10:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Tue
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 6:00 PM–Midnight
  • Thu
    • 5:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Fri
    • Noon–1:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–1:00 AM
Menus:
Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
No
6.0/10

Based on 35 votes

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Total Visitors
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  • What you need to know
    Tom D.
    One of the few places in NYC to get Presidente(3 Tips)
    Brandon F.
    This bar is awesome for its cheap drinks and mellow atmosphere.(2 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    trashy barteders and a lot of dancing!(2 Tips)
    Andrew L.
    High Latin population but staff is very friendly.(2 Tips)
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  • Christine A.

    Divey awesomeness

    Christine Arboleda · 3 weeks ago
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  • Brandon F.

    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.

    Brandon F. · September 29, 2014
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  • Lindsey D.

    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.

    Lindsey D · May 10, 2014
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  • James F.

    Beautiful dive

    James Fink · March 19, 2014
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  • Nancy T.

    Can't believe -yet I can- that they ran out of Presidente!

    Nancy Tran · March 16, 2014
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  • Daniel K.

    Best dive bar in shouting distance of Penn Station. Drinks are cheap. Spanish is the primary language.

    Daniel Kahn · February 11, 2014
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  • Mat V.

    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.

    Mat Von Thies · January 15, 2014
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  • Jackie Shmackie💋

    Careful gentlemen✋ Chicks charge $2 per dance.

    Jackie Shmackie💋 · January 4, 2014
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  • Fatima A.

    The best worst bar of NYC!

    Fatima Amr · October 22, 2013
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  • Will C.

    Ordering alcohol is a surprisingly difficult process

    Will Crocker · October 7, 2013
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  • Fred C.

    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.

    Fred Camino · August 24, 2013
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  • @Hagan

    The carpet doesn't smell nearly as beery as last time... kinda disappointed

    @Hagan · June 13, 2013
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  • Hell&

    Order a Presidente. Enjoy the atmosphere..

    Hell& · February 26, 2013
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  • Amy S.

    Worst martini I've ever had! Don't ask me why I ordered a martini.

    Amy Surgan · December 9, 2012
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  • Village Voice

    Critics' Pick winner of The Village Voice Best of NYC 2012 Best Fascinating Sports Bar!

    Village Voice · October 25, 2012
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  • Everet L.

    Best bartender around

    Everet L · May 1, 2012
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  • The Corcoran Group

    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!

    The Corcoran Group · February 17, 2012
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  • Raj S.

    Truly distinguished.

    Raj S. · January 19, 2012
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  • Rickalous

    If you don't speak Spanish, you'll feel unwelcomed here

    Rickalous · January 19, 2012
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  • brian w.

    Come here.

    brian waldrop · December 30, 2011
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  • Tom D.

    One of the few places in NYC to get Presidente

    Tom Duffy · October 27, 2011
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  • Milton G.

    This is the "Distinguished" Wacmba, lest you all forget!!

    Milton Georges · October 20, 2011
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  • Andrew L.

    High Latin population but staff is very friendly.

    Andrew Lowe · July 11, 2011
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  • blake

    it's very...distinguished.

    blake · January 3, 2011
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  • The Expendables 2

    This bad ass bar isn’t for the weary-hearted but enjoy cheap drinks & great tunes. Brought to you by THE EXPENDABLES opening August 13!

    The Expendables 2 · June 30, 2010
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  • Rob C.

    Super High End joint.

    Rob Conger · May 7, 2010
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  • jeff o.

    the first rule of wakamba is that you don't talk about wakamba

    jeff oconnell · April 22, 2010
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  • Christopher H.

    Don't come here

    Christopher Hooper · February 7, 2010
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  • michael d.

    it's an adventure... kitschy and fun, yet dark and weird. Read more

    michael drexler · November 12, 2009
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