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Mars Bar Was Pretty Shitty, Its Closing Is No Big Deal

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgLosing a long established neighborhood business, even temporarily, is always tough to swallow, but the outpouring of emotion for the temporary end to the Mars Bar is rather befuddling. Yes the bar was a reminder of what the East Village once was, and yes the bar was a haven for local artists and characters from the good old days before the yuppification of the neighborhood. But to be honest, it was also a dump. In fact, it was such a dump that it's safe to say that 99% of the people who are partaking in this outpouring of emotion probably never even went to the bar unless it was on a drunken dare or for a journalistic assignment (see here and here for example) because it was a little scary and a lot gross. It really seems to be the Elaine's of the bar world, in that it is much loved but never visited by the masses.

So while the bar will be missed by some, let's not pretend that its closing will knock the world off its axis. If all goes according to plan, the bar will have the chance reopen in a few years. In the meantime, here are some other bars you can visit that may not be as rank or shitty as Mars Bar, but will do the trick.

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1. Lucy's

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135 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

2. Holiday Cocktail Lounge

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75 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003

3. International Bar

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4. Cherry Tavern

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441 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009

5. Jeremy's Ale House Also Inc

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228 Front St
New York, NY 10038

6. Lit Lounge

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93 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

7. Nassau Bar

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118 Nassau St
New York, NY 10038

8. Port 41

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355 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036

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1. Lucy's

135 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
135 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

2. Holiday Cocktail Lounge

75 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
75 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003

3. International Bar

120 1/2 1st Ave New York, NY 10009 (212) 777-1643

4. Cherry Tavern

441 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
441 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009

5. Jeremy's Ale House Also Inc

228 Front St, New York, NY 10038
228 Front St
New York, NY 10038

6. Lit Lounge

93 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
93 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

7. Nassau Bar

118 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038
118 Nassau St
New York, NY 10038

8. Port 41

355 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
355 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036

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