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
425 West Street
New York, NY 10014
1, 2, 3: 14th Street-7th Avenue; 1: Christopher Street-Sheridan Square-7th Avenue South
M–F 4pm–4am, Sa–Su noon–4am
Daily 5:30pm–4am (winter only)
West Village, New York –
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.
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.
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.
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.
Menu $2–$12. Beer $3–$7, wine $7, cocktails $8–$12.
Anything goes during the week: jeans, t-shirts, business attire. Dressier on the weekends: button-downs, dresses, heels, though casual is still acceptable.
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.
Tortilla Flats (767 Washington Street) offers a Mexican menu and a bar open until 4am on the weekends.