The Way Station

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The Way Station Approaching geekdom with a refined palate, the Way Station is the perfect pit-stop for thirsty camp connoisseurs who can appreciate walls hung with ray guns and a bathroom that's a meticulously faithful reproduction of TARDIS... New York United States 40.6767162311907 -73.9634048938751
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The Way Station - Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review Approaching geekdom with a refined palate, the Way Station is the perfect pit-stop for thirsty camp connoisseurs who can appreciate walls hung with ray guns and a bathroom that’s a meticulously faithful reproduction of... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    2, 3, 4: Eastern Pkwy/Brooklyn Museum; S: Park Place

  • Phone:

    347-627-4949

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–W, Su 4pm–2am, Th–Sa 4pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Way Station Review

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Approaching geekdom with a refined palate, the Way Station is the perfect pit-stop for thirsty camp connoisseurs who can appreciate walls hung with ray guns and a bathroom that's a meticulously faithful reproduction of TARDIS...

Approaching geekdom with a refined palate, the Way Station is the perfect pit-stop for thirsty camp connoisseurs who can appreciate walls hung with ray guns and a bathroom that’s a meticulously faithful reproduction of TARDIS, the blue interdimensional police box from Dr. Who.

A ruddy wood bar snakes halfway down the tavern, whose exposed brick, industrial ceiling fans, and half-dozen maroon leather booths add to the crypto-Victorian ambiance.

Amid the thicket of 19th-century curios, creative young professionals, vintage-clad steampunkers, and laid-back hipsters fill the air with tipsy, good-natured hollering, and sip pilsner drafts and signature cocktails like the eponymous Way Station, made with absinthe, Cointreau, seltzer, and fresh lime.

Later in the evening, the crowd invariably heads for the back room, where a small stage hosts everything from Dr. Who and Buffy screenings to the Wasabassco Burlesque troupe.

The latter is a New York sensation, with leader Doc Wasabassco promising “shows full of risqué fun, spicy shenanigans, and plenty of saucy striptease” as his bevy of beauties bring traditional burlesque to stages throughout the city and beyond.

Individualist and unique, yet warm and relaxed, The Way Station offers some good kitschy fun for those looking to slip in, grab a pint, and get their nerd on.

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Tip from Jonah:

Check out The Way Station’s blog for that night’s entertainment before you head out. For some events, like the Dr. Horrible Sing-Along, folks who show up in costume get drinks at Happy Hour prices all night.

  • Crowd

    Creative young professionals, upscale nerds, burlesque fans, steampunk aficionados, and curiosity seekers, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live bands from jazz to rock, TV screening parties, presentations, and burlesque the last Thursday of the month.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour daily 4–8pm. ATM on site.

  • Prices

    Suggested band donation $5. Beer $3–$6, wine $8, cocktails $5–$11.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Techy casual: t-shirts, jeans, sneakers, boots, work clothes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the largest crowds, Sundays to see Dr. Who, and the last Thursday of every month for burlesque.

  • Close By

    About a five-minute walk away is Soda Bar (729 Vanderbilt Avenue), a cool hipsterish watering hole with good eats and a comfy lounge.

The Way Station User Reviews

Average rating:
A good bar to go to for anyone with or without nerdy tastes.
Arden D. Jun 9, 2013
The waystation is a good bar for people without nerdy tastes in shows. I have attended a screening of Arrested Development one time and it was fun to watch the show with other people. The atmosphere is inviting with an old style that doesn't look worn-down as if the building couldn't get repaired and the damage has to remain. The aesthetic is slick in the right places while it feels like an old home. The counter where you go for drinks is separate from the large screen where people are seated in front of like a small theater. However, there is still an okay view from the bar stools and it remains a nice environment. The service is always charming and kind. It's difficult to have any problem with the staff. The frequent events they hold create a sense of solidarity when fans of any particular form of entertainment come together and there are many opportunities to arrive for more than a drink. The Way Station serves no food because it is a basic bar, but the drinks are varied and worth a try if you desire going through their list. Also, there is no problem with ordering in meals or bringing in coffee/smoothees because they don't serve food. The Way Station is a safe space for people to gather with others and have fun. And they have a T.A.R.D.I.S. bathroom. That's already a great reason for any Doctor Who fan to enter in.
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