Holland Cocktail Lounge

Dive Bar
Holland Cocktail Lounge 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. New York United States 40.7567792 -73.9936462
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Holland Cocktail Lounge - Dive Bar in New York.
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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

  • Subway:

    S, N, Q, R, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E: 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal-8th Avenue

  • Phone:

    212-502-4609

  • Hours:

    M–Sa 8am–4am, Su noon–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Holland Cocktail Lounge Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

This is the diviest dive in New York. While partying here is always fun, try stopping by at odd hours, like after lunch or at two in the morning. You’ll get the real down-and-dirty atmosphere of the place and be treated like family to boot.

  • Crowd

    Dive hunters, neighborhood regulars, blue-collar workers, commuters, and tourists staying in midtown, some late 20s but mostly 30+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox with classic rock selections. Flat-screen TVs tuned to sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Permanent Happy Hour.

  • Prices

    Beer $2+, cocktails $4+, wine $6+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, flannels, boots, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays for the biggest pre-weekend and pre-gaming crowd, or Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Close By

    Two Brothers’ Pizza (542 9th Avenue) and Papaya Dog (400 West 42nd Street) are only a block away and provide quick and easy snacks.

Holland Cocktail Lounge User Reviews

Average rating:
Lord of the Dives
Chris K. Nov 14, 2012
If you like tall drinks with orange bitters and ice cubes shaped like the Titanic, then you can high-tail it the Hell out of here. Holland Bar (Cocktail Lounge, really?) is the perfect place for louts, lowlifes, and locals to slob out and drink pint after pint while telling dirty jokes and watching Superman II in Spanish. Open until the wee small hours, this ramshackle Frankenstein-like bar will cure what ails you. And if you need an ear, no worries--Dr. Bill and company are happy to swap sob stories with you and nod knowingly along as you talk about getting laid off or that guy your sister dates who you don't really like. Once again: if you like bars that are original, classy, or big on dancing, don't bother. If you like drinking, welcome to the big leagues.
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Dylan W. Nov 12, 2012
It felt like a 1990's truckstop... the fact that it's called "...cocktail lounge" is laughable but more so unpretentious and affable. The bartender is super friendly, at one point pointing to me and saying something to the effect of -"good luck, kid" like in a family friendly Spielberg flick from... yes... the 90's. Yea I'm being half sarcastic, but the place is a nice break from everything in nyc being "LIGHTS DRINKS MONEY LIGHTS I'M A PART-TIME MODEL!!! VODKA CRANBERRIES!" and it has a really chill atmosphere. A good place to start out at... or more likely end at when you're by yourself and all your friends have gone home and you don't quite want to pack it in just yet and want just oooone more drink
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