Dumps, Dives, & Holes: Iggy’s Holds It Down on the LES

Iggy’s is just so quintessential. The Lower East Side wouldn’t be the same if it ceased to occupy the space on the lively block of Ludlow between Stanton and Rivington, offering an occasional respite from the drunks, the cops, and the crisp-collared Europeans looking to party.

Like almost all dive bars, Iggy’s is red and black. The outside is more Celtic than the inside, where the Celtic feel begins swerving into the punk zone. However, this dichotomy is definitive of what Iggy’s is and the crowd that hangs out there. Half of the people are those you’d encounter at any midtown or lower Manhattan Irish bar, and the other half are those you’d encounter at, say, St. Jerome’s: punks, graffiti writers, and other various off-the-griders. It’s fun! Well, most of the time. It can get a bit hectic later in the evenings, especially on weekends. Really, it’s best during the day or early evening when the stained glass casts colored shadows on the tables, the shutters are open, and it feels like summer.

Of course, they have the $5 beer-and-shot special always, and their beers are very reasonably priced. From 2 to 9PM they have $2 PBR, $3 draft, and $4 well drinks. On Mondays there is an awesome car bomb special for bringing out the worst of the Irish in all of us. And I have to give a shout-out the bartenders, who are some of the best in the city. They’re super cool, always nice, and sometimes let you play your iPod.

I could go on, but think you get the point. Iggy’s is a fantastic bar in a great location. The juke box is killer, the drinks are cheap, and it’s getting warmer every day. What more could one want?

Iggy’s
132 Ludlow Street

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