Party Earth Review Adventurous souls in search of the ultimate dive bar need look no further than the Holland Cocktail Lounge, the preferred location for dedicated dive hunters in search of the down-and-dirtiest watering hole in New York... ... read full review
532 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
S, N, Q, R, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E: 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal-8th Avenue
M–Sa 8am–4am, Su noon–4am
Hell's Kitchen, New York –
Adventurous souls in search of the ultimate dive bar need look no further than the Holland Cocktail Lounge, the preferred location for dedicated dive hunters in search of the down-and-dirtiest watering hole in New York.
This venerable beer joint consists of the barest essentials – namely, a long bar inside a narrow space, a jukebox, and lots of cheap beer.
If the heart of any dive bar is a colorful clientele, Holland doesn't disappoint with its loyal crowd of wizened blue-collar regulars trickling in and out all day and night, commuters liquoring up before their train ride home, and a sizable contingent of rowdy dive bar enthusiasts ready for another no-frills party in dubious company.
While definitely not a place for hooking up, the bar’s affordable drinks keep the liquor and the conversation flowing, while a couple of flat-screen TVs fill any lulls with sports by day and bad TV movies by night.
Drinkers not enthralled by the Spanish-language version of Superman II at 2am can plop some quarters in the jukebox and chill to Jersey-style classics by Sinatra and Springsteen, favorites of owners Gary Kelly and the infamous Dr. Bill – whose nickname, incidentally, lines the walls in the form of strategically-clipped newspaper headlines like “Dr. Jerk-yll Caught in Sperm Probe!”
Although the decorations are purely accidental and the patrons hardly top drawer, this famed neighborhood haunt still puts on a good party on the weekends and welcomes anyone with enough spare laundry money in their pocket to buy a golden delicious can of cheap, gets-the-job-done beer.
Dive hunters, neighborhood regulars, blue-collar workers, commuters, and tourists staying in midtown, some late 20s but mostly 30+.
Jukebox with classic rock selections. Flat-screen TVs tuned to sports.
Permanent Happy Hour.
Beer $2+, cocktails $4+, wine $6+.
Casual: t-shirts, jeans, flannels, boots, sneakers.
Thursdays for the biggest pre-weekend and pre-gaming crowd, or Fridays and Saturdays.
Two Brothers’ Pizza (542 9th Avenue) and Papaya Dog (400 West 42nd Street) are only a block away and provide quick and easy snacks.