The Library

The Library

Dive Bar$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Gothamist and Serious Eats
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  • Lucy G.
    "One of the best jukeboxes I've ever come across."(18 Tips)
    Kate H.
    "Excellent juke box, cheap drinks, pitch black, writers on the wall, and you..."(7 Tips)
    Nick H.
    "$5 for a Busch beer & a shot of whiskey."(3 Tips)
    Shawn T.
    "The place is loud and they play old school movies on a projector!"(4 Tips)
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  • David H.
    David HuApril 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you come here during happy hour they'll give you a little critter with a beer. Don't get too attached to your new friend though, you can trade them in for a free drink!
  • Katherine K.
    Katherine KruegerDecember 5, 2015
    I love this place. Great dive bar with low, warm lights, 2-for-1 happy hour drinks (if you tip!), and consistently great music. Plus the bartenders are v cool.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistNovember 15, 2016
    Punk and post-punk reign on the popular jukebox at The Library. If you have a hard time choosing your three plays for a buck, helpful handwritten notes provide a little insight. Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 1, 2013
    We love to come here for happy hour for the 2-for-1 drinks, and also to see and play music from the old-school jukebox.
  • Lunar L.
    Lunar LNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    5-8pm 2-for-1 happy hr. Thurs ladies night 2-for-1 all night. Best jukebox. Possibly fave dive bar in the entire city. They know how to make em strong here. Bathrooms are disgusting, but it's great.
  • Kate H.
    Kate HindSeptember 6, 2014
    Excellent juke box, cheap drinks, pitch black, writers on the wall, and you can probably get pregnant from the seats. Divetastic.
  • Audrey T.
    Audrey TolbertOctober 29, 2014
    Divey but not too divey, this place still boasts a good beer selection while catering to the PBR and a shot crowd as well. Try to understand whatever weird ass movie they're showing.
  • Katelyn L.
    Katelyn LMarch 25, 2012
    A jukebox with an impressive punk rock collection, and a projector that's always showing 50s-70s erotica. Rock out to The Clash with some Bettie Page strip teases in the background.
  • Brittany T.
    Brittany ThompsonOctober 22, 2013
    Great bar. Very low key & chill. Unpretentious folks looking to enjoy a beer should check this place out. Don't forget to tip your bartenders!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMarch 13, 2013
    A long and narrow bar, dimly-lit, cosy, grungey, friendly service, standard drinks, easy to get a seat early in the week, aka great neighborhood bar!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 6, 2013
    Drinks are cheap, the jukebox is well curated, the music is loud, B movies run on loop on a projector in the back, and it's dingy without being unpleasant.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    A projection screen and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves make this hip dive a respite from Houston Street chaos. The clientele drink PBR for just a few bucks, and locals wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph SmithSeptember 16, 2015
    The huevos rancheros was awesome. Our server helped us with the menu and had great pairing recommendations. Will definitely go back!
  • Julia K.
    Julia KJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome bar and a grrrrrreaaaat jukebox. People love to play Joy Division here, sprinkled with a bit of The Smiths and My Bloody Valentine. Clearly my cup of tea (/vodka).
  • Shawn T.
    Shawn ThorntonApril 1, 2016
    A great place to share drinks and conversations with friends. The place is loud and they play old school movies on a projector!
  • Lucy G.
    Lucy GoldsteinMay 15, 2011
    One of the best jukeboxes I've ever come across. Also, they play The Shining like ALL THE TIME, which is great if you like The Shining. (via Scoville) Read more
  • Garrett B.
    Garrett BlackJanuary 12
    Come for the cheap beer, stay for the naked man shooting heroin on screen
  • Owen H.
    Owen HerterichAugust 28, 2016
    I love this bar. Divey, cheap drinks, books on the shelves, punk rock, old movies...all of my favorite things in one.
  • Shauna T.
    Shauna TagueOctober 25, 2011
    LOUD. But I LOVE it! Great music, cheap drinks. And they play some classic old movies on this huge projector. A lot of fun
  • Pratheeksha K.
    Pratheeksha KSJanuary 26
    Super cheap drinks, so much roomier on the inside. Great for groups, a quintessential East Village dive
  • Alan
    AlanDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    After midnight, you can loser up to a pube (Busch and whiskey) or El Guapo (24oz Tecate and tequila).
  • Tarik H.
    Tarik HartJanuary 20, 2015
    Good jukebox. Cheap beer. Relaxed vibe. Thumbs up.
  • Cici Y.
    Cici YoungNovember 5, 2016
    Can't beat the happy hour, also a very good place for an after-party gathering late night!
  • Joey C.
    Joey CoppedgeJanuary 27, 2013
    Spiked apple cider: done deal, do not wait to have it as your last drink it's SO delicious and completely worth the measly $7.00
  • Donia
    DoniaFebruary 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fair drink prices and rad literature inspired art on the walls. I dig it.
  • Willy
    WillyApril 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This is a great place to take out-of-towners. It's disorienting without being overwhelming, and "only in New York" without being cliche.
  • Y N.
    Y NApril 16, 2016
    See that comment below from "Michael Aiingorn" (Ayngorn, Einhorn, Aingorn, Aihnhorn, etc.)? He is a criminal scam artist. Don't accept one of his ATMs. The other 'real' name of his company is FTF Inc.
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintApril 3, 2015
    Rude bar tenders who pretty much hate the patrons... But you can't complain with those prices! Great for pre/post gaming. Gets packed by 9-10ish.
  • Giovanni D.
    Giovanni D'PalmaMarch 15, 2015
    Great local spot, awesome vibe and during the day has more interesting patrons
  • Dez S.
    Dez S.February 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here for the 2 for 1 happy hour. Also play Blondie and T. Rex from the juke box.
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HolpuchJuly 18, 2012
    This bar has Shel Silverstein graffiti and a rad juke box selection. What more could you want?
  • Annie B.
    Annie BJanuary 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This my one and only-ish bar! The bartenders make this place the place to be!
  • Ishmael V.
    Ishmael VasquezFebruary 14, 2016
    6 dollar Tecate tallboy, all day everyday. (32oz tallboy)
  • Ron C.
    Ron CabreraNovember 21, 2014
    Ooooooooh yeah man, I come here for the 70's and 80's horror flicks they play in the back muahahahahaha!!!
  • Erin F.
    Erin FitzpatrickApril 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    "I've been drunk for about a week now, & I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library." -The Great Gatsby
  • Nick H.
    Nick HuddlestonSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    $5 for a Busch beer & a shot of whiskey. "The Pube" is the best deal in town.
  • Jared F.
    Jared FinkDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the shelf of books in the main room but beware the head librarians are raunchy
  • Damien C.
    Damien COctober 15, 2016
    Laid back and unpretentious neighbourhood bar. Candlelit darkness inside.
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RhoadesJuly 24, 2011
    Fun dive bar with good drink prices for Manhattan but not recommended for quiet conversation as it can get pretty loud in there.
  • Mark
    MarkSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Kick your self in the nutz if you love sicilian women who are former addicts!
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RiveraJuly 3, 2009
    Come during happy hour and get buy one get one free drinks! They give you nudie playing cards to trade in for your free drink . . . . nothing screams awesome better than that!
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GeeSeptember 27, 2013
    One of the only bars at which I've heard iron maiden. I loved it.
  • Lauren
    LaurenMarch 27, 2013
    Cheep beer, great tunes and an awesome atmosphere. More, please!
  • Erin M.
    Erin MurphyOctober 15, 2014
    Cool divey bar. Reasonable prices. No bros.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BeOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Run into Anton Newcombe. Dance with him. Have him comment on how long your tongue is when you catch a snowflake with it outside, then he'll start singing to you. Btw, happy hour will get you trashed.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon MooreMarch 14, 2010
    Honestly my favorite bar in the city. 3 for 1 happy hours and amazing bartenders. Great juke.
  • Robbie G.
    Robbie GuerraSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Natty Light is the best tasting $3 beer. This is an objective fact.
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GaisAugust 10, 2014
    Great music, movies, beer. Dirty, but it's a dive so...
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerNovember 22, 2014
    Rowdy crowd. Come on a late night when you are too drunk to care.
  • Juan M.
    Juan MonroySeptember 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    If you're here during the middle of day, ask for Tom & Jerry... These guys need their own show!
  • Katie K.
    Katie KalksteinApril 12, 2013
    For the record, PORN AND BOTTLES OF BUD LIGHT and little else. Kisses.
  • Logan F.
    Logan FinlayAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Listen to the Clean and the Sun Records comp on their awesome jukebox!
  • Spam
    SpamFebruary 5, 2012
    Read the walls as you enjoy loud-as-fuck punk rock from the jukebox.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BenderOctober 5, 2013
    EL GUAPO! tequila shot + 24oz Modelo for 8 bucks
  • Mary O.
    Mary OJuly 27, 2013
    Best juke box I've seen in a long time!
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LeiferMarch 12, 2012
    Cool atmosphere but beware of porn playing in the background...
  • Jon T.
    Jon TFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    for sure my favorite dive in NYC. always and forever.
  • Zach S.
    Great bartenders and jukebox.
  • A C.
    A CeeFebruary 28, 2015
    2 for 1 Happy Hour #jamesons #cuteplanes
  • Nick J.
    Nick JordanJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best jukebox on Avenue A.
  • Jayson A.
    Jayson AOctober 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Alanna (MVP/Future Hall of Famer Bartender) on Monday nights will get you wrecked.
  • Joey C.
    Joey CoppedgeFebruary 2, 2013
    It's kind of hard to focus on my Bio Chem homework in here
  • Evan T.
    Evan TruebloodJune 4, 2013
    BEER AND A SHOT $5 buckszzz
  • Tyler C.
    Tyler ClokeMay 17, 2016
    Great music and divvy fun.
  • Jay S.
    Jay ShawMarch 29, 2011
    If you want to have a conversation with friends, don't come here. If you want to get sweaty and lurid with some strangers, do come here.
  • Chad B.
    Chad BurgessFebruary 18, 2012
    Dont order captain and coke. They serve up admiral johnsons with a lemon. Ultimate troll.
  • Kerry A.
    Kerry AlsaceJuly 26, 2013
    Always great out-there movies playing
  • A C.
    A CeeFebruary 28, 2015
    #happyhour #jamesons #cuteplanes
  • lucy R.
    lucy RandallFebruary 15, 2013
    Two words: canned champagne.
  • Dan A.
    Dan AlaimoMay 15, 2013
    The drinks here are really spilly.
  • Brett F.
    Brett FrostDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Something witty and clever
  • Paul G.
    Paul GasbarraFebruary 4, 2012
    Tall boy Tecates and The Dark Crystal.
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli SpicerJune 5, 2012
    Beer ain't drinking. Hello Mr.Daniels. we meet again.
  • Anna R.
    Anna RinehartSeptember 22, 2012
    Buy one get one free so great!
  • Jessica
    JessicaDecember 14, 2016
    Hot cider drink specials
  • Chris H.
    Chris HFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    241 happy hr on anything. plus great bartenders
  • Adam D.
    Adam DSeptember 25, 2016
    Cool neighborhood bar
  • Sass Conf
    Sass ConfOctober 5, 2013
    2-4-1 late night happy hour
  • Olya N.
    Olya NeboAugust 12, 2014
    Nice and cozy place.
  • ripov
    ripovJanuary 7, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Best dive bar in NYC
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YuMarch 26, 2016
    2 for 1 buyback until 8.
  • David S.
    David SchorrNovember 24, 2013
    Try the alcohol!
  • T. S. C.
    T. S. CollinsOctober 10, 2011
    Wifi password is phone number
  • Caroline
    CarolineFebruary 3, 2015
    Dive bar in east village
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GerstleFebruary 21, 2011
    Get inked before you head here or you'll be out of place.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KimDecember 10, 2014
    Good shot and a beer deal
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DanielJanuary 6, 2010
    One, if not my favorite Jukeboxes- everything from Queen to My Bloody Valentine. Not sure if that is a wide spectrum. Loud as fuck, dark as fuck, fuck.
  • Juan M.
    Juan MonroyJanuary 31, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Buy a t-shirt
  • Adam
    AdamJune 12, 2010
    Good place to get wasted before going to Ella. Doesn't break the bank.
  • Sarit M.
    Sarit MJune 4, 2011
    Fun drink specials.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CarazoDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Eff this place and their bartenders.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CarterDecember 30, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Dive bar, one of the best, great dukebox
  • Taylor G.
    Taylor GerardAugust 7, 2014
    Late night
  • Jay I.
    Jay IrizarryJune 2, 2013
    Drink beer.
  • eric m.
    eric mortensenAugust 17, 2011
    Good jukebox
  • Matt K.
    Matt KiserJanuary 28, 2012
    dont touch the bottom of the tables. ewww
  • Jon C.
    Jon CNovember 29, 2009
    agree with the other Jon I see adding tips everywhere I go, Kristen and Kendra rock the fuckin house
  • Brett W.
    Brett WallaceMarch 16, 2013
    Dave Grohl works here.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarrenderFebruary 18, 2016
    Not the best place to study for your MCATs.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CastroMay 3, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    if you come, and both bartenders' name start with a K , u'r in trouble
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