"Other reviews have captured the vibe, music, crowd etc...I would like to add something new.
Only in NYC! This place is New York's very own Blackhole. The gravitational field surrounding it is so powerful that no one can escape its pull after having fallen anywhere in the LES anytime after 12a.m. after 3+ drinks.
This is a great place to come be yourself, let loose, meet some characters (I once met a Bollywood film dance star)!
Have fun and leave your robe and gavel at home!"
"After a night here you may wake up thinking, wow, how the heck did I end up at that place and did I really see a man dancing with a chair on his chin? What was the name of that place and will I be able to find it again ?"
"Oh my lord. I thought the Soviet Union had dissembled in the 90s but clearly it lives on in this Bulgarian Bar! I can't even say how refreshing it is to actually hear people say 'opa!" after their shot, and dance around in a circle."
"There are 8 million stories in the Big Apple, and many of the good ones have involved depraved nights at this Bulgarian bar. [...] Those hunting for the old depravity need only ask the bar minx for a ladling of alcoholic apple cider or a bottle of Astika, a Bulgarian pilsner, and then tramp downstairs, where the familiar sign “Get Naked, Get A Free Shot” encourages the sweaty swarm of fashion brats and ex-pats to get every bit as raw as their brick- and stone-walled surroundings."