Gotham City Lounge

Dive Bar
Gotham City Lounge Gotham City Lounge is an amazing comic book bar in New York's Bushwick neighborhood. Check out this NYC superhero dive at Party Earth. New York United States 40.698079 -73.926618
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Party Earth Review Comic book nerds looking to tank up on cheap booze will be hard-pressed to find a better drinking den than Gotham City Lounge, a tiny dive dressed in so much indiscriminate superhero kitsch it’d make the average ten-year... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    M: Central Avenue/Myrtle Avenue

  • Phone:

    718-387-4182

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Tu–Sa 6pm–4am, Su 6pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Gotham City Lounge Review

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Gotham City Lounge is an amazing comic book bar in New York's Bushwick neighborhood. Check out this NYC superhero dive at Party Earth.

Comic book nerds looking to tank up on cheap booze will be hard-pressed to find a better drinking den than Gotham City Lounge, a tiny dive dressed in so much indiscriminate superhero kitsch it’d make the average ten-year-old’s head explode.

Walls blanketed in Captain America’s shield, Wolverine’s claw, and an original die-cast toy Batmobile from 1972? Check. Comic collage across the bar? Check. Quixotic display of Muhammad Ali boxing Superman? Of course!

Shadowed by the elevated M train and accessible only by a door buzzer, the single-room joint attracts relaxed hipsters and tatted closet nerds looking to tie one on, as well as casual locals who – while ignorant of the alternate timeline in which Magneto led the X-Men – are well-versed in the $3 PBR-and-a-shot combos.

Patrons pad across a floor inlaid with comic books as they make their way to the back, where pierced bike messengers play pool, catch a little kung fu cinema on the projection screen, and pound out their frustrations on the Marvel vs. Capcom arcade game.

Evenings start slowly, but by midnight the place is buzzing with mixed groups of charmed twenty-somethings chatting and laughing about how many of the action figures dangling from the ceiling they used to own.

An enchanting little bat cave with some of the best drink deals in town, Gotham City Lounge is the perfect destination for superheroes, sidekicks, and even average Joes.

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Tip from Jonah:

The super cheap drink deals may make you want to stay here forever, but the M train isn’t the most reliable in town. Cut yourself off at midnight or risk waiting up to a half hour for the train.

  • Crowd

    Laid-back hipsters, cool comic book nerds, bike messengers, late-night dive crawlers, and drinkers on the cheap, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Highly varied selection from the bartender’s playlist. Action movies and cult classics on the projection screen. Marvel vs. Capcom arcade game. Pool table. Guitar Hero console. Karaoke machine.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Usually a few bowls of Chex Mix or popcorn lying around.

  • Prices

    Beer $2–$5, wine $5, cocktails $8–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: grungy t-shirts, ripped jeans, hoodies, sneakers, vintage dresses, bullet-proof onesies, whatever.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any time for cheap drinks and to geek out at the décor or Fridays and Saturdays for a festive crowd pounding pints till the wee hours.

  • Close By

    Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway) is a coffee shop and dive bar packed with old books, vintage bicycles, a crazy mishmash of thrift store lamps, and free live music nightly.

Gotham City Lounge User Reviews

Average rating:
My kind of bar
Angela M. May 13, 2013
Notice the buzzer on the side of the entrance door? Press it and you will be in for a treat. No, you do not have to worry about it being some “pull my finger!” joke. Cue the “holy Batman!” exclamation from the campy Adam West days. As soon as you step foot in Gotham City Lounge, you are immediately captivated by the impressive collection of action figures and comics dangling from the ceiling. The Hulk, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and other DC and Marvel characters greet customers upon arrival. Maybe that was the nerd in me talking, but Gotham City Lounge is a cheap dive bar that will ensure a good night. You have to at least appreciate the prices: a shot of whiskey and a can of PBR for a mere $3. The true comic book fans would be able to appreciate how the bar created special drinks named after famous characters. Take a sip of Mr. Freeze, Daredevil, The Green Lantern, or Harley Quinn. They are mixed drinks that live up to their names. This is my excited internal girlie talking; but they are yummy too! Even if you are not a comic book geek, you are able to enjoy the company of the patrons at the pool table by the entrance of the bar, and an X-Men arcade game that allows you to relive the 1980s. With the non-nerds in mind, Gotham City Lounge is conscientious enough to sometimes set up a projector in the bar for sports viewing. The lack of light in the bar, and the motorcycle in front of the bar you wish the ghost of James Dean would take you on, attribute to Gotham City Lounge’s grit and wow factor.
Oh man.
Chris K. Oct 8, 2012
It's a comic book-themed hole in the wall in Bushwick with old Batman episodes playing on the TVs and the cheapest whsikey-beer combo in the city. Why are you still reading this? Go now.
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