No Fun

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No Fun No Fun in New York's Lower East Side is a rocker bar-meets-tapas joint. Have a few small plates & groove to top NY DJs at this fun dive with Party Earth. New York United States 40.7214447 -73.9877689
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No Fun - Club | Dive Bar | Tapas Bar in New York.
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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

  • Subway:

    F, J, M, Z: Delancey Street / Essex Street

  • Phone:

    212-477-1616

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  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth No Fun Review

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No Fun in New York's Lower East Side is a rocker bar-meets-tapas joint. Have a few small plates & groove to top NY DJs at this fun dive with Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

No Fun frequently offers cool drink specials – even free cocktails – that they announce on their Twitter feed. And that’s on top of their already stellar Happy Hour, so be sure to check the tweets for the latest deats.

  • Crowd

    Musicians, LES hipsters, artsy college kids, alternative groups of friends looking to dance, and anti-club clubbers, 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin rock, hip-hop, Top 40, and everything in-between in the back room Tuesdays–Saturdays from 10pm.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Mediterranean tapas menu includes duck carbonara pasta, seared tuna sliders, and calamari. Happy Hour daily 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Tapas $6–$14, sliders $10–$14, pasta and risotto $13–$14. Beer $6+, cocktails $7+, whiskey and spirits $7+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hip casual: jeans, t-shirts, unbuttoned scruffy button-downs, loose fitting American Apparel trends, heels, flats, funky jewelry.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday through Saturday nights for the rowdiest nightlife-starved partygoers, or early in the week for tapas and less crowded dancing.

  • Close By

    Tammany Hall (152 Orchard Street) is a live music venue with a darkly sleek motif and some of the city’s coolest events that cater to crowds who like to straddle the line between modern and down-and-dirty.

No Fun User Reviews

Average rating:
All Day Fun
Sahra S. Mar 4, 2013
I've been to this place a few times, for the grand opening, for brunch, for random nights out; it's always actually...Fun! The daytime scene is a lot less divey and the staff is respectful and personable, while the crowd is the Lower East Siders and the occasional uptowners going downtown. I personally love the versatility; the front of the scene is cozy, with the bar and bar stools and tables, food, et cetera, while the back is more the lounge and dance area, attracting both conversationalists and dancing types alike.
Ton of Fun
Shirley P. Feb 20, 2013
No Fun NYC is a lot of fun, especially on comedy nights. This LES tapas bar is a bit minimalist in decor but boasts a somewhat upscale menu at bar food prices, 12 taps, 20 bottled varieties and a massive collection of spirits. Catch a wide variety of entertainment without a cover charge. In addition to stand up comics, the bar hosts musicians and occasional indie movie screenings. Come for the food and drinks, stay for the entertainment, then stay a bit longer for more food and drinks and laughs with friends. It's a great place to hang out, relax and have fun with friends, but probably not the hippest for a first date with someone you really want to impress. It's worth noting the bar's namesake song by the Stooges was also covered by the Sex Pistols and played live extensively on their only US tour. An infamous recording exists which involves a show in Texas with fights between the band and audience members, with Johnny telling the audience, "You're no fun," during the song. It's amazing anyone thought booking the Pistols at the Longhorn was a good idea. While you're not likely to experience anything like that at No Fun NYC, the venue keeps the rogue, edgy spirit of that time, about which hipsters fondly daydream. Now that spirit is cleaned up a bit for dinner and the blood and grit is replaced by duck carbonara and seared salmon clubs accompanying the loud sounds. It's not a place that will be everyone's cup of tea, but if you love it loud and like to see clashing cultures collide, you may have a good time here.
Cool place to drop by if you're doing a circuit of the area
Dylan W. Dec 2, 2012
The place gets a little wild but it's fun cuz of the dance floor in the back. There's usually a healthy line outside on weekends so be prepared to wait around a little bit. Nothing too bad. There also wasn't a cover if I'm remembering correctly. If you have any expectations I think you'll be disappointed, but the name of the place is meant to be self-deprecating and a reference to this I guess? It's cool but I wouldn't spend my night here.
No Fun
Jaclyn W. Nov 15, 2012
Incredibly appropriate venue title because this place is definitely No Fun. Crowd equals Mr. McCreepsters running rampant. Think the guys that went out in college in suits to make an impression and you wonder to yourself what are classy, suit-wearing guys doing in a dive bar like this? Upside, it is primarily guys so ladies the ocean is all yours here as are drinks. Speaking of drinks, don't. I was not impressed by anything I ordered here and I'm not a beer drinker, so I was SOL for the night. The spot is tiny. A narrow walkways separates the bar/barstools from the wall and people are constantly walking back and forth to get to the backroom. It was very loud and even if you could stand the music, the only room for dancing is in the way back. I guess the draw here is for the drinks? I wouldn't come here by choice.
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