Tuesday, February 01, 2005

r.i.p. bar 81

i just found out my favorite college bar has closed down. there are not many things about my college years that i am sentimental for, but bar 81 is definitely one if them. some people preferred the blue and gold bar just next door and i couldn't understand why. bar 81 was way cozier and it had like a dozen names. we usually called it the ukraine, short for the ukrainian bar, but it was also referred to as bar 81 and the verkhovyna. the drinks were cheap and the jukebox was stocked with favorites old and new. i must have spent hundreds of quarters picking the same songs by pavement, frank sinatra, elvis presly, elvis costello and the pixies over and over. my favorite bartender was charlie. he was a sharply dressed older guy who if you told him the bathroom was out of toilet paper, would give you a free drink. since moving to brooklyn, i really hadn't gone in a while. i'm sorry we didn't keep up a long distance relationship! goodbye bar 81, verkhovyna, the ukraine, you will be missed.


Blogger heathalouise said...

I didn't know what you were talking about at first. I remember hanging out at the Ukrainian bar with some folks when this really drunk girl came in carrying a giant stuffed panda. It was 5:30. No one questioned it. I loved that place. It was a bizarro Blue and Gold.

February 01, 2005 6:35 PM  
Blogger Chris Larry said...

I too loved this Bar, and it was Kip Kouri's fave bar in NYC. I liked the record collecting bartender with the long hair. I lost many braincells in there......


February 02, 2005 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friends and I always referred to it as the Bizarro Blue and Gold, too.

March 15, 2005 10:31 PM  

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