i have been battling with writing about this because i’m a selfish only child. however, because the point of this blog is to share all of the super cool and super cheap stuff in nyc with my readers, this post has to happen. you guys just have to promise to not tell anyone, ok? pinky swear? on everything you love? hand to god?
alright, here it goes…
there is a mystical little place in chinatown called charles hanson’s 169 soul jazz bar that has won my heart and been my secret corner of heaven. my work wife put me on last year and it was love at first sight. bar 169 is over 100 years old, but it’s the most high tech bar/restaurant i’ve ever been to. you can just text your order in and it magically appears on your table. the waitresses are a little ditsy (drugged up?), so it’s better this way. happy hour, from 1-7:30pm, is a classy affair at a great value. beer and a shot runs you 3 bucks. beer is no more than $6. quality booze is $2 off. the pièce de résistance? a 40oz bottle of colt 45 served in an ice bucket, vip style! please see above my beautiful friends poppin’ bottles a few weeks ago.
bar 169 is famous for their oyster bar, but i have a thing about cold, jelly-like things, so i steer clear. everything else on the menu is near and dear though. the po’boys are my go-to. the mac’n’cheese whether veggie or meat heavy is delish. the dumplings are a bit thick, but the filling is yummy. plus, they’re huge and only $3! bar 169 isn’t a bbq joint, but the chicken thigh and corn combo is always perfect for summer days.
on top of the great food and booze deals, bar 169 plays all of the best jams of the 70s and 80s. they have a stage, but i’ve never seen it in use. it just ups the ante on the already kooky decor. speaking of kooky, we saw liam neeson there once throwing some back. i guess that means we can refer to bar 169 as “star studded”. either way you put it, bar 169 is a gem that needs to protected at all cost. so keep this little secret between us, why dontcha?