200 Orchard

Dive Bar / Lounge
200 Orchard 200 Orchard in New York's Lower East Side is a chill neighborhood dive that caters to relaxed cocktailers, mellow sports fans, & an unpretentious dance crowd. New York United States 40.72238 -73.987963
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Party Earth Review Located in an area swimming in fanciful drinking options, 200 Orchard is a chill neighborhood dive that caters to relaxed cocktailers, mellow sports fans, and an unpretentious dance crowd. Weeknights find artsy hipsters... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue / Houston Street

  • Phone:

    212-253-2235

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–4am
    Sa Open one hour prior to Wisconsin football and basketball games

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth 200 Orchard Review

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200 Orchard in New York's Lower East Side is a chill neighborhood dive that caters to relaxed cocktailers, mellow sports fans, & an unpretentious dance crowd.

Located in an area swimming in fanciful drinking options, 200 Orchard is a chill neighborhood dive that caters to relaxed cocktailers, mellow sports fans, and an unpretentious dance crowd.

Weeknights find artsy hipsters and aging musicians posted up in the barn-like front room, sipping one of the several craft beers on tap and chilling beneath the reclaimed wood ceiling, as groups of friends retreat to benches in a rear nook where books, antique mirrors, and framed photos give the space a classy living room feel.

Lit candles and dramatic low lighting foster a mellow ambiance, as does the conversation-friendly rock playlist, though things pick up – and the hipsters usually leave – when the flat-screens tune in to the game, especially for Badger’s basketball.

A much larger back room draws competitive college kids in to wager beer and shot combos over darts and pool, or just to get a sugar rush from one of the thirteen creative cocktails like the Cotton Candy.

Though the venue does offer bottle service, weekends attract a more free-spirited crowd of dance lovers who care little for the trendy New York club scene and are more into the DJ’s fun mix of Top 40 and 80s hits that starts at 10pm.

A little bit (Wisconsin) country, a little bit rock and roll, 200 Orchard is a perfect place to sip an IPA, watch the NCAA, or dance the night away.

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Tip from Jonah:

Definitely make time for the rock & roll trivia night on Tuesdays from around 8pm. Nothing cures the early week blahs like great beer and two solid hours of questions designed explicitly for music nerds.

  • Crowd

    Laid-back mix of local artsy hipsters, older rocker types, chill sports fans on big game days (especially Badgers fans), and happy groups of unpretentious dancing fools on Friday and Saturday nights, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs Th–Sa spin a mix of Top 40, 80s classics, and other fun dance tunes. Conversation-friendly ambient music in a similar vein other times.

    Venue is open to playing patrons’ personal iPod mixes on request.

    Flat-screens tuned to sports with a special emphasis on Badgers basketball during the season.

    Rock & roll trivia on Tuesdays.

    Pool table. Several dart boards. Pair of classic arcade games.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food, but patrons are welcome to bring their own food in. ATM on site. Happy Hour M–F, Su 5–8pm. Back room available for private party rental.

  • Prices

    No cover charge. Beer $5–$7, wine $8–$9, cocktails $12, shots $3–$8, bottle service $250–$350.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to anything goes: iconic t-shirts, button-down collared shirts, blazers, jeans, vintage garb, long skirts, mini-skirts, flats, heels, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night after work to ease into the evening with craft beers, mellow rock, and friendly conversation, or Friday and Saturday nights for a lively crowd and DJ-driven dancing.

  • Close By

    The Sixth Ward (191 Orchard Street) is a big, not terribly authentic Irish pub that features pool, a sizeable outdoor garden, and a menu that includes everything from pizza and burgers to tacos and blackened shrimp.

200 Orchard User Reviews

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Dive 'n Dance
Chris K. Dec 3, 2012
As someone who considers themselves a connoisseur of downtown New York dive bars, I was a little surprised by 200 Orchard. On the one hand, the music at this place is always some thumping mainstream dance pop at the very least, arranged by a DJ near the door, and its back room and huge bathrooms suggests some big dance party-type events go on at this place. On the other hand, the beer list was decent, and the decor and lighting (or lack thereof) suggest much more of a typical dive bar where you can drown your sorrows and dreams in booze and laughs. In general, the place appears to be both, which, while refreshing can be a little jarring to a barfly like myself. None the less, go check this place out and decide for yourself.
Halloween Parties
Jaclyn W. Nov 15, 2012
I actually went here a couple of weeks ago for the Fox & Jane salon Halloween party. I had a really fantastic time. The drinks were good, there were servers wandering around as well as bartenders and the service was fast and friendly. It's moderately priced and they have a good selection of liquors to choose from depending on your budget and palate. The space at the front is tight, like real tight. Order your drink and head to the back. I don't know if they always have this, but for this party there was a DJ in the back and she was actually taking requests! Music was good and the crowd was definitely dancing despite the small dance floor. A long wooden booth lines the wall if you want to throw your coat down or take a seat for a second. Cons - there are only two single stall bathrooms at this place and the line tends to get very long. As for the Halloween party itself, great turn out of patrons in costume and there was even a costume contest that the crowd got to judge. I've never been here on a regular night, but from what I saw on Halloween, it feels like a bar that got misplaced in the LES. I can't imagine it as packed as it was that night, but I do imagine it being a place you and a group of friends could easily enjoy as part of your night. Tip - stop at Snack Dragon on your way out. You won't regret it!
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