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ISO dive bar nr. Met Museum

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It doesn't seem like there would be a dive bar near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but if there is, I would love to know! Barring that, can anyone recommend an inexpensive, unpretentious, relaxed bar to have a quiet cocktail with a couple 20-something artsy Europeans after going to the Met? Or is sneaking a bottle of champagne in Central Park afterwards the best bet?

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  1. Champagne/Central Park

    1. You'll have to buy the champagne after your visit because the Met has a no liquids (except water) policy and they check bags.

      1. Maybe Earl's Beer and Cheese on Park and 97th.

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        Earl's Beer & Cheese
        1259 Park Ave, New York, NY 10029

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        1. re: Nancy S.

          Too bad it isnt 1999. I miss the Madison Pub, a tiny unpretentious place to grab a drink.

          1. re: Nancy S.

            There are plenty of largely similar bars on Second Avenue in the 80s, but Earl's Beer and Cheese is a better choice. It's a very relaxed neighborhood type of place with lots of personality, though not necessarily a dive bar.

          2. there's auction house, but they dont open til 730 pm

            there are plenty of bars in the area though%3

            http://www.yelp.com/search?places=&am...

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            Auction House
            300 E 89th St, New York, NY 10128

            1. Go west -plenty along Columbus ave. P&G, Firehouse

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              Firehouse
              522 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

              P&G Bar
              380 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

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                1. re: small h

                  They relocated to 78th and Columbus. Not quite the same atmosphere as before, though.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    Yes, I know. And according to the Eater link in my previous post, the new location closed at the end of May.