The Library

When you hear about a bar named “The Library” that has shelves filled with books, you might think it’s the type of place where you sit in a tufted red leather chair and take sips from a snifter of brandy. In this case, you would be dead wrong. This East Village spot is a dive bar in every sense. Pretty much every inch of wall space here is covered in scribbles, and there’s a jukebox and a projector in the back showing B movies on a constant loop. The Mercury Lounge is right around the corner, so this is a great place to down a few well shots before or after a show.

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