Mars Bar

New York City

To be frank, the Mars Bar was gross. Known for its fiercely loyal regular bar rats, the East Village bar was a physical symbol of counter-culture as the area was gentrified over time. The Mars Bar was home to many local artists and creatives, including Albert, who were looking to avoid the Wall Street types who wouldn't dare step foot in the little dive.

 

When the Mars Bar announced it was to close in 2011, the bar pledged to throw a month-long going away blowout, but in an act that is ironic as its name, the plans were shutdown by The Department of Health.