Motor City Bar

★★★★☆
  • 127 Ludlow St

    New York, NY 10002

    Cross street: nr. Delancey St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-358-1595

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Hours
Daily, 4pm-4am

Food

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I still love this place, & altho some b&t will linger on weekends, the overall vibe 7 atmosphere & the music keep it real. I still appreciate the attitude from all the staff which gives this place its charm. I did see a fight inside towards closing time last time I was there which made me a little uncomfortable, but staff was able to handle it well. Still a definite stop on the weekedays & even on the weekends when a sea of fratty b&t types stroll into the les. There's not too many places in this neighborhood with a vibe such as Motor City has.

2
★★★★☆

I still love this place, & altho some b&t will linger on weekends, the overall vibe 7 atmosphere & the music keep it real. I still appreciate the attitude from all the staff which gives this place its charm. I did see a fight inside towards closing time last time I was there which made me a little uncomfortable, but staff was able to handle it well. Still a definite stop on the weekedays & even on the weekends when a sea of fratty b&t types stroll into the les. There's not too many places in this neighborhood with a vibe such as Motor City has.

Pros: unique les vibe

Cons: the sea of b&t on the streets in the neighborhood on weekends

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This is a good bar but it's the kind of place where you have to look the part. I have a good time when I wear a metal shirt, but have been treated poorly when I've come from work and had a suit on. There are two metal DJs, the male one is very nice and conversational, the female thinks she knows everything about the history of metal (she does not) and is extremely rude. The bartenders are accordingly extremely rude and will say "that's it?" if you tip under $2 (especially if you don't look the part!). This isn't a place to expect good treatment - it's a Detroit-themed dive bar in hipster central: Ludlow & Rivington. Every night is different in this place. Just make sure you have the well-constructed starving artist look and act at least a bit pseudo-intellectual and aloof, and you'll be fine.

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★★★☆☆

This is a good bar but it's the kind of place where you have to look the part. I have a good time when I wear a metal shirt, but have been treated poorly when I've come from work and had a suit on. There are two metal DJs, the male one is very nice and conversational, the female thinks she knows everything about the history of metal (she does not) and is extremely rude. The bartenders are accordingly extremely rude and will say "that's it?" if you tip under $2 (especially if you don't look the part!). This isn't a place to expect good treatment - it's a Detroit-themed dive bar in hipster central: Ludlow & Rivington. Every night is different in this place. Just make sure you have the well-constructed starving artist look and act at least a bit pseudo-intellectual and aloof, and you'll be fine.

Pros: PBR mad cheap, great location (other bars close by), great/original music

Cons: don't expect to pick anyone up at MC, arrogant/confrontational bartenders

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what can i say great LES spot! been here many times & it has a great LES crowd & there are only a few spots in this neighborhood that draws a unique crowd

2
★★★★☆

what can i say great LES spot! been here many times & it has a great LES crowd & there are only a few spots in this neighborhood that draws a unique crowd

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I recently had a birthday party here. I am originally from Detroit and had a great time picking out all of the signs and references...it was when I ordered drinks that things began going down hill. Out of three bartenders, one was nice. The other two women shared the same grimmace and slob-like disgusted look on their faces. It's another "you're lucky to get a drink from us" type of mentality. The bouncer was about as pleasant as throwing up on a humid summer day. The go-go dancer, with her "man-ish" expression, was so incredibly rude that her skimpy outfit became more offensive than it was attractive. Overall, these people need desperately to get off of their miserable high horses and realize that they should treat a party of 50+ paying customers with a bit of respect rather than retardation. Being from Detroit, I was not impressed...bunch of sorry a-s empoyees at this place...

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★★☆☆☆

I recently had a birthday party here. I am originally from Detroit and had a great time picking out all of the signs and references...it was when I ordered drinks that things began going down hill. Out of three bartenders, one was nice. The other two women shared the same grimmace and slob-like disgusted look on their faces. It's another "you're lucky to get a drink from us" type of mentality. The bouncer was about as pleasant as throwing up on a humid summer day. The go-go dancer, with her "man-ish" expression, was so incredibly rude that her skimpy outfit became more offensive than it was attractive. Overall, these people need desperately to get off of their miserable high horses and realize that they should treat a party of 50+ paying customers with a bit of respect rather than retardation. Being from Detroit, I was not impressed...bunch of sorry a-s empoyees at this place...

Pros: Huge shots

Cons: Everything else other than the Detroit references

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This whole place looks as if it was perfectly planned to seem randomly gathered. Even the staff appear to have been cast rather than hired. The bouncer is the Lower East Side and the bikini girl dancing in the window is directly out of 1950. Cheap beer, decent drinks and a Star Wars pinball machine. The only problem is the same as every bar in this neighborhood, holier than thou hipsters and happy hour warriors dividing the bar like a scene from West Side Story.

2
★★★★☆

This whole place looks as if it was perfectly planned to seem randomly gathered. Even the staff appear to have been cast rather than hired. The bouncer is the Lower East Side and the bikini girl dancing in the window is directly out of 1950. Cheap beer, decent drinks and a Star Wars pinball machine. The only problem is the same as every bar in this neighborhood, holier than thou hipsters and happy hour warriors dividing the bar like a scene from West Side Story.

Pros: Price, Atmosphere, Girl in the window

Cons: Attitudes

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Coming from the west coast, I'm always blown away by how much NYers seem to like 'theme' bars: tiki, fake white-trash, cowboy, whatever. So this is a Detroit Theme bar full of meshback caps, rockabilly chicks with bangs, and a whole lot of Detroit paraphenalie that someone spent a lot of money to collect. It can be fun, there's lots to look at, but it's too fake to be great.

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★★★☆☆

Coming from the west coast, I'm always blown away by how much NYers seem to like 'theme' bars: tiki, fake white-trash, cowboy, whatever. So this is a Detroit Theme bar full of meshback caps, rockabilly chicks with bangs, and a whole lot of Detroit paraphenalie that someone spent a lot of money to collect. It can be fun, there's lots to look at, but it's too fake to be great.

Pros: decent music, decent service, pretty crowd

Cons: , snobbery

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It seems everyone who has reviewed this is concerned with 'yuppies' not frequenting the place and the unpretentious decor it provides, however, I'm one of those 'yuppies' who also happened to grow up on the lower east side and I didn't appreciate the major attitude the bartender/owner exuded when I ordered my drink. I found the place a little too grunge and it seemed it was working way too hard on playing everything down, that it failed to realize that it is just as guilty of gentrifying the lower east side like any other yuppy lounge in that area. There are way too many cool 'hole's in the wall' to make this one of your main stops.

2
★★★★☆

It seems everyone who has reviewed this is concerned with 'yuppies' not frequenting the place and the unpretentious decor it provides, however, I'm one of those 'yuppies' who also happened to grow up on the lower east side and I didn't appreciate the major attitude the bartender/owner exuded when I ordered my drink. I found the place a little too grunge and it seemed it was working way too hard on playing everything down, that it failed to realize that it is just as guilty of gentrifying the lower east side like any other yuppy lounge in that area. There are way too many cool 'hole's in the wall' to make this one of your main stops.

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Great place, except for the loser women from the UES who seemed to be there juse because someone told them it was "cool." A word of advice, don't point and laugh at people with mohawks.

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★★★★★

Great place, except for the loser women from the UES who seemed to be there juse because someone told them it was "cool." A word of advice, don't point and laugh at people with mohawks.

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The drinks are cheap and strong, there are usually seats and this is the place to go for great music!

It's a great space for large groups - or for a couple to go get a few drinks.

2
★★★★★

The drinks are cheap and strong, there are usually seats and this is the place to go for great music!

It's a great space for large groups - or for a couple to go get a few drinks.

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because more people will go here, and I love it the way it is: not crowded with scenemakers, yuppies, or idiots, a live-and-let-live place with great music, good pints and a pinball machine (so rare in Manhattan these days). I wish they would repair the machine, since it tends to break down for no reason in the middle of games.

2
★★★★★

because more people will go here, and I love it the way it is: not crowded with scenemakers, yuppies, or idiots, a live-and-let-live place with great music, good pints and a pinball machine (so rare in Manhattan these days). I wish they would repair the machine, since it tends to break down for no reason in the middle of games.

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Excellent music, a totally decent crowd, and yuppies seem too afraid to go in there. What more could you ask for?!

2
★★★★★

Excellent music, a totally decent crowd, and yuppies seem too afraid to go in there. What more could you ask for?!

Pros: no yuppies

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You've got to love the atmosphere of this hole in the wall. Great bartenders, great crowd, great music and on top of that you can order an ice cold Labatt Blue bottle. As a Detroit native, I suggest this place to anyone who loves an industrial atmosphere second to none.
LET'S GO RED WINGS!

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★★★★★

You've got to love the atmosphere of this hole in the wall. Great bartenders, great crowd, great music and on top of that you can order an ice cold Labatt Blue bottle. As a Detroit native, I suggest this place to anyone who loves an industrial atmosphere second to none.
LET'S GO RED WINGS!

 

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