Party Earth Review Something of a cross between a pizza parlor and a high school friend’s basement, the Crocodile Lounge is a grungy subterranean hangout for the tipsy students and artsy revelers who flock in for cheap booze and free late... ... read full review
325 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
L: 1st Avenue-14th Street, 3rd Avenue-14th Street
Gramercy / Union Square, New York –
Something of a cross between a pizza parlor and a high school friend’s basement, the Crocodile Lounge is a grungy subterranean hangout for the tipsy students and artsy revelers who flock in for cheap booze and free late-night pizza.
During the week, a steady stream of local hipsters and young professionals crowd the tables and mustard-yellow 60s stools at the mosaic-tiled bar to chat over a few beers, as NYU students wait at the counter to redeem their tickets for the free pizza that comes with their drinks.
A bustling, fun-loving, but never very rowdy vibe takes over on weekend nights when throngs of twenty-somethings pack into the dimly-lit front room for lively conversation and budget drinks, take refuge in the cave-like den to flirt on black leather banquettes and velvet cushions, or step out to the back patio for a breather or a smoke.
Those intent on eating can make their way through the rustic brick archway to a smaller space featuring tall copper tables and a huge pizza oven, while playful patrons tend to drift to the back room to challenge each other on the twin Skeeball machines, shoot a virtual game of Big Buck Deer Hunter, or make memories in the old-school photo booth.
Overall a rather dingy joint – save for charming touches like the ceramic crocodile embedded in the ceiling above the bar – Crocodile Lounge is nonetheless a prime nightspot where an upbeat group of starving artists, filmmakers, theater majors, and locals regularly turn up to drink, play, eat, and drink some more.
A laid-back neighborhood crowd of NYU students, hipsters, artists, and young professionals, early 20s to early 30s.
Ambient music including indie, pop, rock, and punk. Trivia night Wednesdays around 8:30pm. Mini-arcade featuring a Big Buck Deer Hunter game, two Skeeball machines, and a photo booth.
Personal cheese pizza served free with every drink purchase, available at all hours. Happy Hour daily noon–7pm.
First pizza topping $2, additional toppings $1 each. Beer $5–$6, cocktails $6. Skee Ball $1.
Casual: jeans and sneakers, skirts and boots.
Weekdays for mellow conversation, Friday and Saturday nights for a bigger and livelier crowd.
Planet Rose (219 Avenue A) is great for rock star karaoke.