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
1293 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
M: Central Avenue/Myrtle Avenue
Tu–Sa 6pm–4am, Su 6pm–2am
BUSHWICK, NEW YORK –
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.
Laid-back hipsters, cool comic book nerds, bike messengers, late-night dive crawlers, and drinkers on the cheap, 20s to 30s.
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.
Usually a few bowls of Chex Mix or popcorn lying around.
Beer $2–$5, wine $5, cocktails $8–$10.
Anything goes: grungy t-shirts, ripped jeans, hoodies, sneakers, vintage dresses, bullet-proof onesies, whatever.
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.
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.