Party Earth Review Despite its dubious name, divey rock bar and tapas joint No Fun really does promise a fun time for folks who like their small plates with a helping of rocker attitude. The name actually comes from an old Stooges song... ... read full review
161 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z: Delancey Street / Essex Street
Lower East Side, New York –
Despite its dubious name, divey rock bar and tapas joint No Fun really does promise a fun time for folks who like their small plates with a helping of rocker attitude.
The name actually comes from an old Stooges song, an inspiration made obvious by the framed photo of Iggy Pop that glares down menacingly from over the bar as grunge-friendly locals drop in for Happy Hour.
If half-off the entire drinks list isn’t enough to entice patrons, there’s always the tapas menu, which large groups with rumbling tummies tear into at prehistoric-looking wood tables. The arrival of a range of grub like duck carbonara pasta, seared tuna sliders, and calamari usually signals a lull in conversation as guests wash it all down with pitchers of sangria.
Minimally decorated save for a few specials chalkboards, vintage photographs, and antique mirrors, the venue is generally mellow until DJs take over around 10pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, blasting rock, hip-hop, Top 40, or whatever else they think will draw the dance-happy hipsters to the open floor in back.
For those who would rather watch than rage, three ample black leather couches provide a nice vantage point and a cozy spot for couples and less-rowdy college kids to sip their way through the solid whiskey selection till 4am.
Could this review conclude by going the easy route; simply say that No Fun in fact promises a really great time?
Yes…yes it could.
Musicians, LES hipsters, artsy college kids, alternative groups of friends looking to dance, and anti-club clubbers, 20s to mid-30s.
DJs spin rock, hip-hop, Top 40, and everything in-between in the back room Tuesdays–Saturdays from 10pm.
Mediterranean tapas menu includes duck carbonara pasta, seared tuna sliders, and calamari. Happy Hour daily 5–8pm.
Tapas $6–$14, sliders $10–$14, pasta and risotto $13–$14. Beer $6+, cocktails $7+, whiskey and spirits $7+.
Hip casual: jeans, t-shirts, unbuttoned scruffy button-downs, loose fitting American Apparel trends, heels, flats, funky jewelry.
Thursday through Saturday nights for the rowdiest nightlife-starved partygoers, or early in the week for tapas and less crowded dancing.
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