New York NY 10012
(Lower East Side)
Early drinking in ‘The Shark Bar’.
Directions – 6 train to Spring Street, walk east along Spring Street briefly. Alternatively, J / M train to Bowery, walk west on Kenmare Street, turn right on Mulberry Street for one block. Alternatively, R / W train to Prince Street, walk east on Prince Street, turn right on Mulberry Street for one block. Alternatively, B / D / F / M train to Broadway-Lafayette Street, walk east briefly on East Houston Street, turn right on Mulberry Street.
A pleasant, old school corner bar bordering on what remains of Little Italy, opening earlier than most other places. It is known colloquially as ‘The Shark Bar’ as shark models abound on the walls, despite being called The Spring Lounge since the 1970s. The bar’s early history dates back to the days of prohibition, when it was an illegal ‘to go’ shop where patrons took home buckets of beer (or ‘growlers’, in the early sense of the term). In the 1960s it was a gambling joint called Wilson’s 1030 where craps matches were played in the basement. There is no food normally, but there are chef pop-ups at a table at the back most Sunday lunchtimes with celebrity chef Louise Leonard (bagels if not), and free beer-cooked hot dogs Wednesdays from 1700. This is an iconic NYC craft beer bar, one of the originals. (10/2015)
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