I tend to spend most of my time in the Village when I'm in NYC. I usually walk around in random directions, wandering into the less-traveled nooks and crannies of the city, looking to discover places I've never been to before.
I believe I was on Sullivan Street, pretty close to Washington Square Park when I took this. Over to the left is The Pinch Bar, by the flag. Unfortunately, I don't know how to upload the picture in its original size, so it's tough to see the place with the photo at this size.
I have no idea if the place is still open, or if the locals even like the place, but I had a good time there. From what I remember, I really liked the ambiance. Then again, I was already three sheets to the wind by the time I got there, so I suspect I would've been happy anywhere, so long as they served alcohol.
I do recall being late meeting my friends there on the night I went.
When I got there, everyone within earshot had already become fast friends, apparently -- because the girl I sat next to already had a big, smiling grin on her face as if she knew my life's story.
"You're late!" she said.
I don't know what it is about alcohol, but it tends to induce people to raise their voices a few decibels for no apparent reason.
Without missing a beat, I playfully respond, "Welp, you may not know this about me yet honey, but that's kinda what I do..."
She laughs, "Is that so?!"
I give her my finest, charming smile.
I turn to the bartender with an eyebrow raised, shrugging my shoulders with my hands up, "What can ya do, fuggetaboutit..."
You know you've had too many drinks when you mix Irish and Italian accents within seconds of each other.
The bartender being on the ball says, "Soooo, you're saying you need a double then, aye?"
Considering the fact that I was well on my way to oblivion, I raise my voice a few decibels and gleefully respond, "Finally! Someone who understands me!"
"Cap'n Coke, please!"
From that point on, it's a bit of a blur...but I know we all had a great time.
Sigh. New York City. How I miss her so...