The Rusty Knot

Bar / Tiki Bar
The Rusty Knot A magnet for a motley mix of hipsters, artists, skaters, actors, young professionals, and beyond, The Rusty Knot is a wacky take on the typical island bar where unbeatable Happy Hours and a charmingly cluttered décor keep the... New York United States 40.7351564 -74.0098062
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The Rusty Knot - Bar | Tiki Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review A magnet for a motley mix of hipsters, artists, skaters, actors, young professionals, and beyond, The Rusty Knot is a wacky take on the typical island bar where unbeatable Happy Hours and a charmingly cluttered décor keep... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    1, 2, 3: 14th Street-7th Avenue; 1: Christopher Street-Sheridan Square-7th Avenue South

  • Phone:

    212-645-5668

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 4pm–4am, Sa–Su noon–4am
    Daily 5:30pm–4am (winter only)

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Rusty Knot Review

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A magnet for a motley mix of hipsters, artists, skaters, actors, young professionals, and beyond, The Rusty Knot is a wacky take on the typical island bar where unbeatable Happy Hours and a charmingly cluttered décor keep the...

A magnet for a motley mix of hipsters, artists, skaters, actors, young professionals, and beyond, The Rusty Knot is a wacky take on the typical island bar where unbeatable Happy Hours and a charmingly cluttered décor keep the crowds coming back.

Light wood walls, hanging gas lanterns, and bamboo furniture create a casual beachy atmosphere for the artsy types and laid-back after-work locals who pop in on weekdays to munch on pretzel dogs and swig beer beneath the fish netting and oars.

By night, neighborhood skateboarders and hipsters drop in to place friendly wagers at the pool table or hang out by the fish tank with their rum cocktails to contemplate the hodgepodge collection of torpedoes, propellers, and model sailboats.

Weekends get packed with outer-borough and corporate types, who flirt loudly by the mural of hot sailor girls or pour over the selection of Van Halen tunes on the classic jukebox.

The Rusty Knot doesn’t take reservations, and lines can be long on Friday and Saturday nights, so patrons should plan an early arrival if they don’t want to be marooned outside.

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Tip from Emma:

Definitely go on a Tuesday for the two-for-one Happy Hour all night long! Partner up with a friend and drink Mai Tai’s at half price!

  • Crowd

    Mellow mix of hipsters, skateboarders, local artists, drama students, people who work in the area, and neighborhood young professionals during the week, more outer-borough and corporate types on the weekends, early 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Free jukebox with selections of 60s, 70s, and 80s rock. DJs spin on the first Monday of every month. Full-size pool table. Good views of the Hudson.

    The bar also runs a weekly party bus on Monday nights with free beer, music, and dancing. The bus has two pick-up locations: Bedford & North 7th Street in Williamsburg at 8pm and 10pm; 1st Avenue & 1st Street in the LES at 8:30pm and 10:30pm. The bus drops off patrons at The Rusty Knot at 9pm and 11pm and features dollar beers all night.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Limited menu of bar foods including pretzel dogs, pickles, tacos, and fish po’ boys. Kitchen open M–F 5pm–2am and Sa–Su 2pm–1am. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm.

  • Prices

    Menu $2–$12. Beer $3–$7, wine $7, cocktails $8–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes during the week: jeans, t-shirts, business attire. Dressier on the weekends: button-downs, dresses, heels, though casual is still acceptable.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekdays after work for a laid-back yet lively scene, Tuesday night for all night Happy Hour, and Fridays and Saturdays for a more crowded and flirtier vibe.

  • Close By

    Tortilla Flats (767 Washington Street) offers a Mexican menu and a bar open until 4am on the weekends.

The Rusty Knot User Reviews

Average rating:
Out of the Way
Risa C. Dec 11, 2012
Due to personal circumstances AKA a bad date, I have a slightly biased opinion of this bar but at least I'm stating it here first as a disclaimer. Located alllllll the way on the west side, it's not really the most convenient place to visit unless you're driving, in which case you probably shouldn't be drinking on par with the rest of the drunk patrons in the place. The decor is pretty cool in keeping with the nautical theme and the drinks are reasonably priced - I especially liked the little mermaid they threw into my frozen something or the other (I think it was a frozen mojito??) which if you can figure out what is was is a good drink choice. Pickle backs are also another solid decision. Other than that, the patrons are a bit of the transplant downtown yuppie type who enjoy drinking copious amounts of liquor and stumbling back home. Go if you're in the area, or for Sunday Funday.
Yo ho ho and a bottle of EIGHT DOLLARS?!
Chris K. Nov 15, 2012
If you want the feeling that you've been transported to Fortescue, NJ, but still keep the downtown Manhattan prices, then the Rusty Knot is for you. This nautically-themed dive, located just off of West Street, tries extra-hard to embody its theme, and pulls it off decently with its fish tanks, wicker and bamboo furniture, and cabana bar. Sadly, the crowd is made up mostly of post-collegiate young professionals who are really into their new jobs and designer clothes, and the tiki drinks offered are ridiculously expensive. This kind of thing is much better done at places like Otto's Shrunken Head or the Sea Witch. But hey, if you need a beer in the area, there are worse houses of ill repute to hit up.
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