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Bar Review: The Big Easy

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The Big Easy
1768 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10128
Tel: 212.348.0879

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 5pm-4pm;Saturday Noon – 4am; Sunday 1pm – 2am

Best Time to Go: Friday Night

Out of college but still haven’t outgrown the whole frat house basement party atmosphere? You’ll love The Big Easy. As if New York didn’t have enough different cultures fusing in such a small space, The Big Easy brings a liberated New Orleans style to the otherwise uptight Upper East Side neighborhood. Appropriately decorated with a Mardi Gras theme, the bar is covered in beads, bras and other paraphernalia to remind you of the annual Fat Tuesday celebration held in Louisiana.

Just like the streets of Louisiana this place gets packed. As with any college party, their emphasis is on beer so at the bar you can choose from a strong selection of classic beers such as Bud and Bud Light. To add to the random college style atmosphere the bar has an entire area dedicated to beer pong. Complete with five beer pong tables you can find a partner and engage in a game or two.

The cost of drinks is moderate – they have daily drink specials including ‘Wicked Wednesdays’ with $1 Bud Light Drafts and Natty Light Cans and $6 pitchers of Bud Light. On ‘Feel Good Fridays’ make you can justify throwing your hard earned money at the bar by donating to a good cause. Between 5pm and 9pm a $5 charitable donation at the door gets you a serious discount on drinks. Bud Light Drafts are $1, mixed drinks are $2, Monster Bomb shots go for $6 and you can get a pitcher of Bud Light for $8.

The Big Easy is a great place if you want to celebrate a holiday such as Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day, or any other random themed party. Again reverting back to the college frat boy theme, The Big Easy regularly hosts themed parties such as a Halloween “Hook Up” Party and The Big Easy Barn Party. This bar is appropriate only for the 20-something year old who still isn’t ready to let go of his undergrad years.

Pros: Fun theme, great vibe

Cons: Packed and dirty – just like a frat house

Rating: 3 out of 5