When we entered Nancy Whiskey Pub we wanted to love it. It appears to be the perfect neighborhood dive bar–not contrived or styled, it simply is a place you go to drink with your buddies. And we did fall in love with the place, for five, maybe ten minutes. But after our brief love affair, things quickly turned ugly when a bartender began feeding bills into the jukebox and destroyed what had been a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
No one asked the bartender to play music, so either management requires the bartenders to turn it on at a certain time or maybe she was bored. We don’t know. What we do know is that the volume was punishing.
We also don’t know if deafening music is played every day or whether the bartender just wanted to hear some tunes, but when we asked if the volume could be lowered, the bartender shouted, “go upstairs,” which we understood to be “no.”
We did go upstairs and found a smaller space crammed with people who were not quite drunk and already screaming–not surprisingly, this space was only slightly quieter than below. We threw back our drinks and left, emerging onto the comparatively serene street, and continued our search for the perfect bar.
So, sadly, we must advise that you avoid Nancy Whiskey Pub if you cherish your hearing more than finding a genuine neighborhood bar. The prices were good, the physical space was perfect, but it’s just too damn loud.
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. every day (sometimes close earlier on Sundays and Mondays)
1 Lispenard Street (on the corner of 6th Avenue), New York, NY 10013