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Local 138

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Authentic LES Dive Bar

I've been drinking at 138 for many years. It used to be one of my fav spots for happy hour on the... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2018
Renee G
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New York City, New York
Oasis in a sea of gentrification

I guess some would call it a "dive" bar, and some would say it's "old school". And despite the... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
John_Setrak
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Park Ridge, New Jersey
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Mar 22, 2018
“Authentic LES Dive Bar”
Aug 25, 2017
“Oasis in a sea of gentrification”
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Friendly neighborhood sports bar.
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138 Ludlow St, Between Stanton and Rivington Sts, New York City, NY 10002-2240
Lower East Side
+1 212-477-0280
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

I've been drinking at 138 for many years. It used to be one of my fav spots for happy hour on the LES. I've had a few birthday parties in the back room which was perfect for a group. Back in the day they had...More

Thank Renee G
Reviewed 25 August 2017

I guess some would call it a "dive" bar, and some would say it's "old school". And despite the title of my review, this place has undergone some improvement and gentrification itself. However, it remains a simple bar with no pretense. I wouldn't call it...More

Thank John_Setrak
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Great happy hour experience. Cheap drinks, friendly bartender, dark wood, warm, great music - typical 'dive' bar. My style!

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Reviewed 8 June 2015

This bar was fun. Great music and they have a loungey area in the back, however I would never go back simply on how absolutely gross the bathroom was. I've been in nasty bathrooms before, don't get me wrong, but this crossed the line. It's...More

Thank Becky N
Reviewed 25 September 2014

Fun, cheap, divey, good music, bartenders full of personality and mixed crowd. Glad to see some bars still have some grit and personality.

Thank Dallas S
Reviewed 3 February 2013

No frills, dark lighting, rock n roll music playing, good drink prices. Everything you need in a watering hole, When I was there it wasn't a scene at all, very chill and cool. The display windows in the front have been converted to semi private...More

2  Thank SFTexan
Reviewed 18 August 2011

So I'm visiting New York and I have a list of beer bars that I want to hit. Meanwhile I'm also trying to remember the name of this really cool bar that I had such a great time at the last time I visited New...More

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Lower East Side
Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving
immigrant past and its modern transformation into a
beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side
is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city.
The blocks of tenements that represented the promise
and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience
now command top dollar for new residents. Right next
to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment
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