Best Unexpected Dive Jukebox (2008)

Phoenix

You wouldn't think it from looking at the place, but East Village hangout Phoenix has a wicked selection of tunes. The bare-bones bar looks like a million others, with a pool table near the back; the clientele, mostly gay men in their mid twenties to mid thirties, are there to relax, not necessarily to find a date. But the jukebox boasts a future-forward mix of music: You won't find any Junior Vasquez or diva house here. Instead, you'll get the sweet dope of Thievery Corporation, the dreamy abstraction of Boards of Canada, or Dimitri From Paris­mixed French house. Indie-rock lovers needn't fret, either—the box includes the Pixies, the Breeders, Guided by Voices, and Le Tigre. And for hip-hop, there's Dr. Dre and the Beastie Boys.

Location Details

447 E. 13th St.
New York NY 10009
212-477-9979

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